If Knitting Be the Food of Love, Knit On

Summer is the season for knitting. Oh wait, no it’s not. Not if you’re a hardcore knitter like me, who loves nothing better than working on a wool sweater or accessory for winter. Cold is a knitter’s greatest companion; without it, we’re left to ply our needles in air-conditioned rooms for months. I’m going to be honest—I personally find wearing knits in the dead of summer unbearable, no matter what “breathable” fiber they’re made of. Give me wool and winter!

I know some of you will be upset (or even offended) by these sentiments. Some of you love knitting with cottons, linens, and other plant fibers (and some of you need to use them), which I respect—to each their own. Many yarns are made for those who live in warmer climates, and, in any case, knitters should be able to knit during and for any season they desire.

However, I am not a summer knitter, and I know I’m not alone. I even have data to back it up: Interweave Knits Summer 2016 sold significantly more copies than the Summer 2015 issue. This intrigued me because traditionally, our summer issues are the poorest sellers of the year. So what made the Summer 2016 issue different? It offered an all-season collection; I had decided to put winter knits in the summer issue. We still had a beautiful lineup of summer knitwear, but it was balanced by projects that winter knitters could get excited about—despite a thermometer reading of 95 degrees.

So how could we present another winter collection in a summer issue without alienating those of you who love summer knitting? I knew the issue theme would have to be witty, fun, and widely appealing. The literature major in me surfaced, and I heard the whisper of “Shakespeare.” Although the Bard and I are more friendly acquaintances than best friends (largely because of a cantankerous college professor), there are two comedies that no professor could ever ruin for me: Twelfth Night, or What You Will and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Each play embodies a season, and the two are perfectly juxtaposed in this whimsical, romantic, and beautiful issue of Interweave Knits Summer 2017: The Shakespeare Issue.

When you flip through A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night stories, you’ll find not only the usual information in our gallery text but also poetry, including sonnets, inspired by the designs and the characters for which they are named. A few months ago, our director of content strategy, Steve Koenig, wandered into my office and we got to talking about this issue. He mused, “Wouldn’t it be great if the gallery copy was written in iambic pentameter?” I naturally agreed, and asked who was going to provide that? He smiled and said, “Well, I can.” And so he did, and my nerdy heart rejoiced.

“If knitting be the food of love, knit on …” ~S. Koenig

—Meghan Babin
Editor, Interweave Knits

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