Easing into Knits

Dear WitKnits*,

I don't know about you, but I love Spring. I used to be a Fall girl and aspects of Fall still call to me, but in recent years I've become enamored of Spring. I love the days getting longer, and the weather getting warmer; there is a certain joy, a lightness among people as they prepare to come out of hibernation. I think some of that Spring joy is reflected in this picture of my favorite project from the Interweave Knits Spring issue, The Leaf and Picot Cardigan.

Currently, I am deeply embroiled in trying to get the Knits Summer 2011 issue out the door. It will still be about 2 months before you see it, so let me switch gears and recall the idyllic days of Spring. (Which for us, because of our production schedule, was actually back in the depths of Winter, November/December.) 


Interweave Knits Spring 2011 was my first issue. I started work the Monday after Thanksgiving and much of the creative work was already done. The projects were all done, the products featured in New and Notable and the Spotlights had all been selected, and the photo shoot was all wrapped up. What was left for a girl like me to do? Well as it turned out, there was plenty.

First, as you may recall from my last post, I was asked to knit samples for the yarn review. And then it turned out we needed someone to write the yarn review. Then there was the photo shoot for all the still images at the front of the magazine and many rounds of editing all the content in the magazine. Every day there was something new to learn; I wasn't sure how I was going to absorb it all. I had thought it would be months before I felt like a real contributor to the magazine and earned a place on the masthead, but by Christmas break I definitely felt like an integral part of the team.

One of my favorite parts of the job is the photo shoot. My first one, for the non-project items in the Spring 2011 issue, was held at Joe Coca's studio. We'd tell Joe what we were looking for, lay out the products for the shot, and Joe would compose the shot. I was busy trying to learn what I needed to do at a photo shoot so I'm sure many of the finer points went right by me. However, it seemed to me that with a magical blend of precision equipment, artistry and technical skill, Joe brought the images you see in the magazine into being. He made it look simple; a click of the button, and the photo was available for review on the computer. Even still, getting just the right shot takes time. An afternoon flew by before we knew it. As I continue to post to this blog, I'll bring you more observations from the photo shoots, and maybe eventually I'll remember to bring a camera to one and get you some behind the scenes shots, but for now I'll give you a couple more images from the session at Joe's.

We recently received a comment from a reader who was disappointed that we didn't show the needle tips in our spotlight of the Montana Mountain Exotics knitting needles. Here are a few more shots of those needles:














*Knitters with wit, sparkling intelligence and wry sense of humor.





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