About this time last year, Jillian and I decided
that it was time to shake up our
publication schedule. We started
publishing [sort of] with the seasons
way back in 2002 and really had never
touched the schedule since then.
We were getting bored.
But more importantly, we'd started to feel
that we wanted certain issues to
come out at a different time than
they were. For editorial reasons,
for production reasons, for readership
of good reasons. Since we're in charge,
we can make big changes, so that's
what we did!
The first big change is that this is
our first Spring+Summer issue. We
think these seasons belong together,
when it comes to knitting patterns.
Because we've had a taste of warm
weather up here in the northeast,
we want more, so knitting little
cardigans or tanks seems infinitely more appealing
now than it did a month ago. And
if we start now, we can have them
for when the really warm weather
You'll probably notice that we've packed
more tanks and tees in this issue than
ever before, because if we're going
for hot-weather wear, we wanted to
have lots of it for you to choose
from. Of course there are socks for
those who love them year round. Ditto
on the lace.
So what will be in the next issue, if we're
doing summer now? We're excited to
be introducing our First Fall issue,
which goes live in mid-July. In that
issue, you'll find patterns that
will help you get a jump on fall
knitting. But not heavy stuff that
you don't want on your lap; lovely
transitional wear, layers, and other
things that make it easier to go
from hot days to cool ones. We'll
also be bringing back our Holiday
Headstart feature, so you can get
a jump on your gift knitting. Lots
of little projects that you can knit
now and store for the holiday season
It's a big change and we think it's a good
one. We hope you agree.
Our 30th anniversary contest was a huge success,
and we're happy to have been able to
connect 30 of our readers with some
great prizes! The list of prizes and
winners [who have already been contacted]
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eligible to win! It's that easy.
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gratitude, our advertisers for their
I think it can never be
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Amy R Singer [editor, Knitty]
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Spring is usually the time for new, but
I’ve been thinking
about old instead.
Working on this
Spinner's Bibliography I
got to spend a lot of time with a
lot of books, many of them published
in the late
'70s and early
'80s, documenting the first modern
heyday of craft spinning.
got over some of the dated photography
(spinning in pantyhose!) and projects
(really glad the '70s
are done), I settled down to read
the words. And they were wonderful.
is a wealth of info from books from
the '70s -'80s,
some things have changed but so much
stays the same. We have flashier
equipment and fibers and gorgeous
four-color books to learn from, but
that first round of modern spinners
had each other. Spinners of the recent
past learned more sitting next to
each other, passing and puzzling
out information than we do now. There
many books to learn from -- only
The books from the '70s
and '80s have a more personal tone.
Many more of them have stories and
histories that weave through the
instruction. Those books really
made me feel that I am part of a
continuum of spinning history. We
I belong to a biggish spinning
guild and when I go I always sit
and spin and talk with my group of
friends. This past meeting, I made
a point of wandering and talking
to members who have been spinning
since the '70s,
watching them spin and asking many questions. I had a great time and learned
interesting things. Don’t discount older books or older spinners.
so much to learn from the recent past of spinning.
So maybe old can be new.
If you have an idea for a project or article
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