We have some of the most amazing people writing for us. Take a look over there on the right. See?
It is a delight each issue when I see what each columnist has come up with. No matter how involved we've been in the planning of each column, much like the rest of Knitty, the final work we receive is often surprising.
For example, this issue, Franklin produced something that I'll be knitting the moment we go live. Based on the title, I had imagined something pixie-ish and preppy. But this issue's project is not just surprising, it's gorgeous and looks very new. And remember, this is coming from the man who covers historical knitting for us.
He says he loves his job? I love mine, too, especially because I get to work with him and the rest of our columnists. So over the next few months, I'll be writing about each of our columnists, and what they do for us on the Knittyblog.
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I teach a lot of knitting classes. Did you know? It's true.
To see if I'll be teaching anywhere near where you live or plan to visit, check out my personal website, and take a second to sign up for my totally unspammy mailing list. Next up, New York city (this coming weekend, and again in January 2014).
Amy R Singer
I live in the upper Midwest. I've lived here twice, for a total of 13 years. I have come to the conclusion that I will never get used to they deep-down grey that winter brings. In Michigan, the skies frost over by U.S. Thanksgiving and are rarely bright until April.
One of the ways I combat the dreary and shoo away the cobwebs that start cluttering my brain is by spinning color. From deep fall to spring, you won't see a natural colored fiber in my hand. I go for retina-searing brights, fuschia, saffron, hot purple, lime and fiery oranges and reds.
In the fall, I spin to learn things; in the winter I spin for color and warmth inside and out. It keeps me going and I get to play with color like a kid coloring -- sometimes in the lines, sometimes outside of the lines.
The patterns in this issue of Knittyspin are more to keep you warm and show that not everyone needs an explosion of color in the winter. We have a quick hat to knit, Duplice, by Kris Byrnes. It shows that with layering you don't have to give up lace for the winter. We also have a cozy sweater, Whiteleaf, by Wool + Bricks that mixes commercial yarn with just a bit of spindle-spun handspun for a lovely effect.
In my Knittyspin column I talk about the kinds of measuring I do to my yarn to keep on track.
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