| photo: Lise
Every year it snows
And every year, I'm always surprised by the
first snow. This year, moreso than
ever because, as you can see, newly
short-haired me needs hats. Lots of hats. Who knew how
much warmth was retained by so little
hair? I do, now that it's chopped
So I'm knitting hats like mad now, and I'm
not alone. I'm also digging into
my stash, unearthing gems that I'm
going to knit into cowls and share
with my friends. One skein of most
anything nice makes a perfect cowl,
and I have no idea why we haven't
all been knitting them for years.
Uncoincidentally, Knitty is full of hats and
other awesome warm gear this issue.
We've also got an extra helping of
sweaters. Because sweaters warm your
core, and keeping your core warm
keeps the rest of you warm. So says my
husband the kayaker.
Speaking of my husband, he and I have continued
to make site improvements since the
addition of printer-friendly pages.
The biggest of these is our move
to a new server. You may notice that
the page URLs now end in php rather
That's nothing you need to worry
about, but it means great things
for Knitty and our advertisers [so
it's good for us all].
Also this new server has been chosen and configured
to take as much traffic as we can
handle, even on launch days. Now,
we've been told that before, but
we've learned much since the last
time we gave this a shot, and we're
hopeful. For now, I'll just
knock wood and we'll have to wait
and see what happens when this issue
After-launch note: Well, that was interesting.
Our readership has grown so much
that even our careful preparations
weren't enough to accommodate you
all! As you likely noticed, we
worked on server settings all day
and into the evening and the site
is behaving much better now [24
hours after launch].
We're honored that so many of you can't
live without your Knitty, and we're
sorry you had to wait for it. But
we hope you're pleased, now that
you can get in and look around.
There's all sorts of other exciting developments
going on behind the scenes and as
soon as we can share the news with
you, we will!
To find out what's
up with Knitty on an average day,
or on a big news day even, click
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The 2009 Knitty
Calendar is possibly the most
beautiful yet! [Though I've been
rather fond of each of them
over the years.]
In any case, it's now
available in the
Knittyshop. You'll also find holiday cards,
non-holiday cards, and great gifts
-- from whimsical mugs to t-shirts,
hoodies and even the
perfect wall clock -- for your knitter friends
that require not a stitch of knitting.
At this time of year, that's a
mighty good thing.
Take a moment
and visit the
Knittyshop, and don't miss the discount
coupon that's on the left sidebar of the
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Amy R Singer
Amy R Singer
I live in Michigan and all winter long
it is grey, grey like being sealed
in a plastic bowl grey. So winter
for me has become all about finding
and making color. In the winter I
scour my stash (and stores) for the brightest fibers I can find
to warm me up from my eyes on down. I hibernate with color.
In the winter I'm also inside with my kids
a lot, and this winter I plan to
introduce them to my winter version of color. My 9 year old
has been knitting, and I think it's time to get her dyeing her
own yarn. My 5 year old loves to make a mess, so it's felting
They've become a lot more accepting and even curious about
their mom's fibery ways. Me, I'm glad to share my love of it
all, pass on practical skills, and watch them close up learning
Winter is also the time of year for resolutions.
I know better than to to name anything
I don't really want to do as a resolution
-- it won't happen. I do want to
transform the unloved fiber in my
stash into some drum-carded glory,
and I'd like to get published in
some more fibery places.
If you have an idea for a project or article
for Knittyspin write me . If you have fiber, spindles, books,
or other spinny products or tools
that you'd like us to review, write me for
submission information. I love to
talk about it all.
Holiday gift idea: Knittyspin shwag! Check
out the new Knittyspin
gear. They’re cool...they’re