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We gots us some contests!

Summer is all about having fun, and Knitty is doing our part. We're giving stuff away! We have a brand new contest in partnership with Tom Bihn bags. Visit our contests page and make sure to could win excellent stuff!

Don't forget: if you haven't already, sign up for the Knitty reader list, and we'll drop you a note when it's time to announce the winners! The list is never shared with anyone and we only send out a few messages a year.

Now, let's get down to business.

Well, it IS still fun in Knittyland, but we are loving the slight change in atmosphere having a bunch of men around has created. We have met a whole bunch of new guys in putting together this issue, and we hope they stay.

The Man Issue idea came from the fertile mind of Jillian Moreno, our catalyst. We envisioned it as a way to give the guys who love knitwear something to wear that wasn't boring. Something more like the rest of Knitty's patterns.

But as the submissions came in, it became almost instantly apparent that there was a huge contingent of men who knit. And they're really cool.

It's quite pompous of knitting women to assume knitting is all about us. Because let me tell you, sisters, it ain't. There may be more of us at the moment, but knitting men are everywhere. Some of us are married to them. Some of us are friends with them. And a lot of them are friends with each other...just like women hang together to knit and chat, the guys do the same thing. Cool knit shops like The Point in New York have boy-only knitting nights where a knitting-newbie-man will feel no embarrassment in asking for help casting on or cabling. Not that they should be embarrassed, but every new knitter I've ever met is highly self conscious until they get the hang of things. I can't imagine that being the only guy in a room of women wouldn't add a little extra pressure to their learning experience.

Guy knitters are multiplying, and people are finally noticing. I have it on good authority that at least two major publications [only one of them knitting focused] will also be turning their attention to men who knit before the year is out.

We like guys; guys who knit, doubly so.