Celebrate Sweater Season

    
Cuirassier's Cardigan by Emma Welford

We're having a beautiful early fall here in Spokane. It's been in the 70s during the day, with that delightful fall nip in the air in the evening. I love the changing seasons so much. I lived in Seattle for twenty years, and although there were three definite seasons: spring, summer, and fall, winter was one long, drizzly slog. In Spokane, the winters have gotten a bit more rainy than they were when I was a child, but there are still those freezing cold and sunny days.

And to me, fall and winter could just be called sweater season. Planning sweater projects, knitting them up, and then wearing them—that's what sweater season is all about!

I just got the new issue of Knitscene, and there are plenty of wonderful sweater designs to drool over. I think my favorite might be the Cuirassier's Cardigan by Emma Welford. The cable pattern on the shoulders is beautiful.

Here's editor Amy Palmer to tell you more about this issue.

The Grasshopper or the Ant?

You remember that story about the grasshopper and the ant? How the ant worked all summer to put away food for the winter while the grasshopper frittered away its time? When I wrote this, smack in the middle of July, I was the ant. Instead of stocking up on food, though, I was stocking up on sweaters.

I have plenty of sweaters, some that I've knit and some that I've purchased over the years. (It can take a while for us knitters to stockpile enough sweaters to never have to buy any, ever.) But there's something about sweaters, especially those we've knit ourselves.

In July I had three on the needles. Winter is sweater weather, and July is apparently the time when I knit furiously to keep myself warm in the coming winter months.

   
Purbeck Pullover by Beatrice Perron Dahlen Tongshan Sweater by Kiyomi Burgin

Our Winter issue doesn't come out quite early enough for that kind of stockpiling, but working on it in July certainly set the mood for daydreaming about sweaters. There's plenty of inspiration to be found in these pages.

Our Scandinavian-inspired Vinter Stickning story features outer layers I'm itching to knit, and the projects featured in our Mixed Media section are moving to the top of my queue.

   
Haubergeon Sweater by Emma Welford Ilsa Cardigan by Sarah Hurwitz
    
Neon Mosaic Scarf by Ann McDonald Kelly

If you can't quite get on board with sweater knitting just yet, you can learn a new technique and master mosaic knitting with four neck-accessory patterns in our Made Mosaic story.

Maybe you're an ant, like me, or maybe you spent your summer basking in the warm rays—either way, stay warm this winter with these knits.

If you haven't picked up Knitscene Winter 2014 at your local yarn store yet, you can get it in the Interweave Store, either as a download or a printed copy.

Happy knitting,

P.S. Did you knit sweaters this summer? Tell us about them in the comments!

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