Discover Your Inner Child

As a child I wanted to study and try everything. I wanted to know why you could see animals in some clouds while other simply created wispy lines in the sky. I wanted to learn to bake pies and ride horses with my mom and to learn to weld and chop wood with my dad. I wanted to try everything.

Dottie's Pullover by Amy Miller  

This year I intend to revive that childlike curiosity once again. I am going to learn new techniques in knitting, including lace and colorwork. I want to enjoy the varied possibilities of yarn and see what lessons and tricks I can learn that will spark my imagination and improve my crochet skills.

Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, has joined us to share her thoughts on bringing childlike creativity into our adult world.

When We Are Children

When enough seasons have changed and we have grown up a little, our lives begin to follow calendars, not seasons. Alarm clocks jingle-or beep a familiar marimba beat-at the same time year-round, and we scarcely notice whether we are waking up to midwinter's dark or summer's early sunrises. Holidays, which we used to know were coming when snow fell or Dad lugged home steaks and sacks of charcoal briquettes, turn into red-circled dates that involve planning and timelines. Who has time to notice the first robin of spring when it shows up on the day of a long-scheduled root canal?

  Darjeeling Shawl by Joan Forgione

This year, as our grown-up calendars turned, I've been thinking a lot about my firefly-chasing days. Rich with symbolism as the idea of a brand-new year is, the reality of adult lives means that my 2013 datebook is already smudged and inked with travel plans, deadlines, events, and yes, dentist appointments. Plans and goals and commitments for the future make it easy to lose whole days, weeks, and months in the rush to get from one scheduled happening to another.

But at the beginning of my childhood summers, I was sure they could never end. I didn't know what day school would begin again-but I noticed thunder and crickets, hot sunshine, squash swelling under the blossoms. I measured time in how long it took papier mache to dry, how long it took to learn to do a handstand or a new friendship bracelet pattern. I knew the state of my little world on any given day, and how I fit into it. Day to day, season to season, year to year.

With that in mind, we've put together this first Interweave Knits issue of 2013 to bring season joy back to staid calendars: The projects in this issue celebrate modern lace for warming days, breezy-cool knits for layering, lighthearted patterns, and feminine, floating lace that feels as fresh as soft rain. Spring is here! Take note of the waking earth, cast on, and make something new yourself.

Currant Cardigan by Margie Mitchell

Make 2013 a year of living with awareness of our worlds, and with the intention of adding good things to it. Some things don't need to be written on a calendar.


Resurrect your inner child and try something new this year. Subscribe to Interweave Knits today and explore more yarn possibilities.

Best wishes,

P.S. What other hobby would you like to learn about this year?

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