Be an Armchair Traveling Knitter

The Tara Jacket by Ashley Rao
Hi-Fi Pullover by Ruth Garcia-Alcantud
Heliotrope Hat 
by Megan Werdmuller von Elgg

I do a lot of armchair traveling. Whether it's a book set in a far-away land, a movie about the Italian Renaissance, or an episode of Rick Steves' Europe on PBS, I love them all. And if there's knitting involved, more's the better!

The new issue of Knitscene fits the bill perfectly, with a story about international designer Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, and a list of books that will make you want to travel, or at least knit projects inspired by fabulous locations.

No matter what my travel plans include next year—I think an Alaska knitting cruise may be in the itinerary!—I am knitting Ashley Rao's Tara Jacket, shown at right. I love the zipper placement and the traveling ribbing. The Tara is a jacket that will travel well, don't you think?

Here's Knitscene Editor Amy Palmer to tell you more about this fantastic winter issue!

Bristlecone Pullover
by Allyson Dykhuizen
Byzantium Stole by Karen Rhea

Travel the World with Knitscene

I seem to have a perpetual case of wanderlust. A few weeks ago, I researched airfare and hotel combinations to Iceland, and let me tell you, if you can deal with shorter days and perhaps less-than-ideal weather, October is a very cost-effective time to go to Iceland.

Maybe this constant desire to be seeing new things, meeting new people, is what led us to go a bit further afield for this issue of Knitscene. For the first time ever, we have an international featured designer in Ruth Garcia-Alcantud, and the corresponding profile was written by Derya Davenport, a woman who alternates between a British and a Turkish address.

We've also rounded up some of our favorite books related to knitting around the world—perfect reading for the daydreaming traveler.

For our photo shoot, we wandered farther than we have in recent years, to a town called Rollinsville, Colorado, to take advantage of beautiful forest backdrops for The Woods story.

As much as we'd love to travel to the Southern Hemisphere for seasonally appropriate scenery, finding magical locations closer to home comes with its own sense of joy and accomplishment—we may have driven two hours, one way, to get there, but we also knew we'd be sleeping in our own beds that night.

Ashley Rao helps knitters by providing three different tubular cast-on routes to accomplishing a smooth, seamless edge to ribbing, and Alana Dakos reminds us to look around, wherever we are, to see the inspiration all around us.

On a plane or curled up on the couch, this issue of Knitscene is designed to transport your knitting dreams into reality. And if you're knitting while traveling, send me photos.

Don't miss a thing! Get your copy of Knitscene Winter 2013 today!

Happy knitting,

P.S. Leave a comment below and tell us where you've traveled with your knitting. I've taken mine to Egypt!

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