& Bryce Thomas
We had our first snowfall in Toronto
last week, and most of it is still on the ground.
This is uncharacteristic for Toronto, the land of
slush. I'm enjoying the clean, white landscape
rather a lot, even if it does mean less time on the
Vespa. It certainly means that I get to pull my knitwear
out of storage and put it back on my cold self!
Meanwhile, in the land of Knitty,
this is the time for the winter issue, which is all
about sparkles and warmth and making things for yourself
and the ones you love.
This time, winter Knitty is
also about new things...like new designers. There
are more new-to-Knitty designers in this issue than
in any other in recent memory. One of our new designers
is still in high school! Man, that makes me smile.
In fact, reading all the submissions
that are sent to Knitty for possible publication
is one of the great joys of my job. The work that
so many new [and not-so-new] designers come up with
is always inspiring and encouraging to me as a knitter,
not just an editor. And one of the great frustrations
of my job is that I can't publish everything good
that comes across my desk.
After a crazy year of travel and
teaching, all across the US and over to Scandinavia
and the UK, I can tell you with great certainty that
it continues to be a great time to be a knitter.
We've got it good, people.
fabulous 2008 Knitty calendar is fresh off the presses
and ready for you in the Knittyshop!
We've also got cards for holiday,
and all year round, chachkes [little undescribable
cute things] and every kind of gear a knitter could
want -- in sizes from tiny baby to big, beautiful
woman -- all
ready for you, no knitting required.
2008 Sea Socks cruise is filling up fast. We're going
to take over this ship, I tell you! Chrissy
Gardiner [fab knitwear designer], Brenda
of Cast on and the patron saint of knitting] and
I are really looking forward to next May, when
we get to cruise and knit and have a great
time on the way to Alaska!
Look forward to classes
with all of us, knitting onboard and off, knit-focused
excursions and a killer goodie bag. Full details
There will be at least one pajama party on deck...just
bring layers so you don't get frostbite!
went on my first cruise this time last year, I had
no idea how relaxing an onboard vacation can be.
Unpack once and watch as your home moves
through blue waters populated by icebergs. No hassle
getting from place to place..the ship does all the
work. I can't wait. Join me!
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Amy R Singer
I went to SOAR – the
Spin Off Autum Retreat and it
pretty much changed my spinning life.
It’s been a long time
since I focused on something so intensely for so many
days (6 days, 8-10 hours a day) with exactly the right
amount of like-minded obsessives.
It was like camp,
but better than camp. Spinners are friendlier, even
friendlier than knitters (ducks). Friendlier but
even more opinionated (ducks again), there can be
blood spilled over talk of ‘the
best’ wheel. Fiber people are good and generous
people and there’s nothing like when 200 or
so get together.
I learned what to relax about,
better to be anal about and to love Shetland fiber.
It almost doesn’t matter what classes I took.
Each and every one tweaked my spinning brain somehow.
Just being around all of those spinners, something
happens. It might be osmosis or it might just
be the relaxing. I found myself able to do things
and see things I thought were out of reach for me
as a spinner.
And some of my best learning didn’t
happen in the classes. It’s the waiting in
line, sitting around, watching Pride and Prejudice
and drinking learning; the “show
me how to do that”, or “do you know a better
way to” learning, that was incredible, you
think can’t learn or spin another thing, then
All that learning will last as
long as I have fiber to spin.
We'll be reviewing stuff!
Coming soon, Knittyspin
will start publishing reviews of spin happy stuff,
like we do here.
If you have fiber, spindles, books, or other spinny
products that you'd like us to review, write Jillian
for submission information.