Have you seen the new Knits?

The Pan Am Jacket by Ashley Rao
The Petite Facile Pullover
by Meghan Jones

A note from Kathleen: I received my advance copy of the winter Interweave Knits last week and it's already littered with Post-It notes. Two of my favorite sweater patterns are the Pan Am Jacket (top right) and the Petite Facile Pullover (bottom right). I love that new show Pan Am, so I chuckled when I saw the jacket that I liked so much was called "Pan Am." I can just see one of the Pan Am flight attendants wearing the Pan Am Jacket while riding a bike down a French country lane. And I have a brand new niece, so the darling Petite Facile is already on the needles—in pink, of course.

Here's Knits editor Eunny Jang to tell you more about the winter 2011 issue of Interweave Knits!

Betty's Pullover by Maria Leigh
Holiday Lights Tam
by Catherine Sheilds
Magellan Cardigan by Nancy Eiseman

I saw a man sitting outside the library the other day, studiously knitting on a tube of fabric with double-pointed needles. The tube was striped in bright blues and browns, with deep ribbing that compressed the fabric into a skinny snake.

When I asked him what he was making, he told me it was a hat. I asked him if he liked knitting; he said it was the most meditative activity he'd ever found. I asked how long he'd been knitting—and he replied, "Oh, a couple of years. I learned in rehab. It's kept me sober."

I know the feeling. While I count myself among the lucky people who haven't been faced with any too-menacing demons, I understand the beautiful quietness of mind that knitting can afford.

I know that when I start a new project—when I choose my needles, my yarn, my stitch, my pattern—I'm exercising agency in a world with many confusing choices. And when I finish a project, I've added something beautiful to the universe (not to mention my closet), rather than taken anything away.

Knitting can be fascinating, frustrating, or just sheer raucous fun—but there's always a breath of that special grace about it, too.

This issue of Interweave Knits is a celebration of that ethos: knitting is, if not quite sacrosanct, at least extraordinary. That idea imbues Carol Rhoades's profile of Annemor Sundbø, who has salvaged scraps of knitting and cultural heritage from a very literal rag pile. It fills the garments in this issue, which all have stories of their own—from pieces inspired by vintage tailoring and fit, to lush modern cables, to fun bagatelles that borrow from many traditions, to cocoonlike knits for winter, to dramatic lace.

Threads of anthropology, ethnography, history, art, and fashion inform and bind everything we as knitters do. Consciously or not, every designer and every knitter feels them. We want to follow and explore each one. At the same time, we appreciate the simple pleasure of knitted and purled stitches and the quiet meditative balance they can give.

Replace "sober" with your preferred state of being—"sane," perhaps, or "seraphic," or maybe "salty," if you like working your stress out with intricate stitches and a few well-chosen words.

Knitting can certainly keep you there. Take a look at the preview and then subscribe to Interweave Knits today so you don't miss any upcoming issues!

Happy Knitting,

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