Summer is on the horizon!

    
The Wavelength Tunic
by Hilary Smith Callis

It's hard to believe, especially when Interweave's offices in Loveland were closed on Monday because of a blizzard, but summer is coming. We have a 70-degree day coming up in Spokane, and my spring cleaning (I'm talking to you, garage!) is almost completed, with the hammock chairs unearthed and hung in the blooming maple tree.

I'm getting in the mood for shorts and t-shirts with the summer issues of knitting magazines making their appearances. The newest is Knitscene Summer 2013, which happens to be Editor Lisa Shroyer's last issue as editor. Lisa is taking over the reins of Interweave Knits, and Knitscene Assistant Amy Palmer will be at the helm for Knitscene. Exciting stuff is coming up!

    
The Venice Beach Tank
by Kathryn McNaughton
The Longboard Pullover
by Amanda Bell

Here's Lisa to tell you about the Summer 2013 Knitscene, and to talk about an interesting concept: the commonality we often find between ourselves and other knitters:

Have you ever noticed common threads among your knitting friends? A tendency to favorite the same TV series? A similar zeal for purple, for certain yarns, for the chai tea at that place on the corner? It happens.

Knitters make up a huge and diverse population, but as you move among your fellow crafters at fiber festivals, at knit night, on forums online, you've probably realized that we have a lot in common, too. And those commonalities often have nothing to do with knitting.

When I asked Hilary Smith Callis to be our featured designer this issue and learned more about her work at NASA, it hit me: I've known a lot of people in the yarn industry with science backgrounds. I've met super-smart, super-accomplished, seemingly left-brained women who also like to "pet the skein." I realized that quite a few Knitscene designers are STEM people (STEM: science-technology-engineering-mathematics).

What draws techies to knitting? Kim Werker digs into this question in her piece "E = M1²."

Moving from astronomy to chemistry, we take a look at dyeing. Caitlin ffrench walks us through the art of solar dyeing, and you'll find recommendations for undyed yarns and dyeing tools in Materials.

Whether you're looking for easy knitting patterns or a summer challenge, the Summer 2013 issue of Knitscene is full of patterns you'll love. Get your copy today, or if you just can't wait, download the digital copy now.

Summer is a time for color. For the science of long days, for wonder and travel and rest. I hope this issue brings a little of all these things to you.

Peace,

P.S. What's your favorite thing about summer knitting? Share it with us in the comments!

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