Spring Into Summer

    
Kayleen Pullover Cassie Castillo

Summer is just around the corner. I suppose that means I have to finish my spring cleaning! We've been working on sprucing up our house, room by room. I organized my knitting stuff first, of course. We've made quite a dent, but nothing like what's going on at Interweave headquarters!

Interweave Knits Editor Lisa Shroyer is here to tell you about that, and to introduce the summer 2014 issue of Knits (which is fantastic!).

Spring Cleaning at Interweave

Something's been happening at Interweave headquarters in Loveland, Colorado. The sweaters are rising.

This year, the company is moving its offices. The staff and materials of Interweave Knits, along with that of other magazines, our book division, and the many departments that keep a thriving media company working, are leaving the long-loved bank building at the corner of 4th and Cleveland streets in Loveland and going north, to the college town of Fort Collins. I've worked at Interweave for nine years, and I know firsthand that our editorial offices are stash-full of crazy amounts of yarny stuff. Actual yarn, tools, books, and, of course, years-of-magazines' worth of sweaters, hats, socks, afghans, and more.

    
Crustacean Shawl Amy Keefer

The samples from past issues go into neatly organized, bug-proof bins in the cavernous basement below the historic Loveland building. Our new building doesn't have this kind of storage space. So the sweaters must rise from the dark and find new lives.

On my recent trip to the office (I work from home), I helped Knitscene editor Amy Palmer bring up some of the bins and start going through them. So many old friends came to light! Cabled pullovers from issues in the mid-2000s when Pam Allen was editor, delightful kids' knits from past Holiday issues, even a hot-pink version of the famed Central Park Hoodie.

Driftwood Tee
by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
    

It's been nine years since I started with the company, and for many of those years I worked closely editing and managing the patterns, then assigning the projects myself when I became editor of Knitscene, and now of Knits. So I remembered and felt connected to each of these projects as they came, slinky and alpaca-laden, nubbly and tweedy, lacey and silky, out of the bins, into and across my lap.

I've watched readers tackle the patterns, post their photos to Ravelry, blog about them, and send us letters of adoration and critique—that chart could have been organized better! Here, the original pieces from the designers' needles have been hibernating in the basement for years. Sitting there with them I felt like I held a retrospective of my life since I started working at Interweave, as well as a record of the knitting world and its trends and characters over that time.

So what happens now? We have partnered with Denver LYS Fancy Tiger Crafts and are selling the samples off over a weekend, with the proceeds to go to the Helping Hands Needle Arts Mentoring Program, which endeavors to bring our beloved craft to the next generation. The sweaters will find new homes, many of them with knitters who recognize the value in these handknits. And the cash will assist kids in learning to knit and getting access to resources—in a way, giving the samples an even longer life.

In the future, all samples will be returned to the designers, which is how many publishers in the knitting space have been working all along.

It's a new office, a new process, and we also have a new graphic designer, starting this issue, and I'm excited about what lies ahead. I hope you enjoy this issue as it, too, enters the history of the magazine.

    
Lobelia Socks by Betty Salpekar

P.S. Make Interweave Knits part of your knitting history, too; subscribe now! What's your favorite pattern shown here? For me, it's the Kayleen Pullover; I love it. Leave a comment and share your favorite summer knit!

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