A New Knitscene is Almost Here!

Magnanimity Cardi by Veera Välimäki

A  note from Kathleen: I love this issue of Knitscene (which will be available on January 25). It's a winter/spring issue so there are great winter designs and inspiring spring designs all in one magazine. It's just January and still chilly here in Spokane, but if you're dreaming of spring (or if you live in a warm climate), this particular issue of Knitscene is for you!

One of my favorite pieces is Veera Välimäki's Magnanimity Cardi. I love those deep pockets!

I've invited Knitscene editor Lisa Shroyer here to tell you more about the new Knitscene, and to share some exciting news! Here she is.

It's 2011 and we have a surprise for you!

Melissa Wehrle'e Chiton Pullover
Kenning Mitts by Amy Christoffers

It's 2011 and we have a surprise for you.

Starting this year, Knitscene will be released quarterly. That means a new issue every three months! We've been dreaming up more fashion themes, more tutorials, more photoshoot ideas than ever. I've been scouring the net and magazines for inspiration-in my idea folder right now: Flamenco dancers, art nouveau paintings, hippie girls and hipster lumberjacks, Nordic landscapes, southwestern motifs…it's going to be a good year for Knitscene. And a fun one for me as editor!

To start the year off, the Winter/Spring issue features some really cool new designers, an array of unusual constructions, and pretty little knits that make a fashion statement.

We searched the globe for the coolest in simple knitting and made a stop in the Baltic-check out the Magnanimity Cardi from Finnish designer Veera Välimäki and the Scandinavian styling of the colorwork projects in "Don't Steek Me." We looked for the finest in plant-blend yarns and found unusual combos: cotton and alpaca, flax and wool, and more. Lustrous silks, seed beads, bits of lace and light-they put sparkle in your winter and also transition into spring with ease.

We looked to knitwear trends for Spring and saw lots of one-piece dolman styles, just like Melissa Wehrle'e Chiton Pullover (named after the draped and pinned dress of Ancient Greeks). We found menswear references, just like the styling of Debbie O'Neill's designer collection. Folk and Boho elements remain strong-perennial influences on the Knitscene look and feel.

Beyond the projects, you'll find tutorials on custom raglan sleeves, using art yarns, styling your handknits, and how to avoid steeks in colorwork, and some lively illustrations by yours truly! I love being able to get out my oil pastels and call it work.

More than anything, in these pages, I hope you find something stirringly new-some inspiration for another year of knitting and dreaming.

Thank you and enjoy the preview.


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