knitscene Summer 2020: A natural knitting journey

My job never ceases to teach me new things.

When I arrived at Interweave as an assistant editor in 2013, I had been knitting since high school, but it wasn’t until then that I knitted my first sweater. It was the Clear Creek Pullover pattern from Interweave Knits Fall 2013, which was the issue published immediately prior to my start date. I picked a colorway called Plaid Blanket. My sweater was a little tight on me, and the variegated yarn pooled in such a way that made my midriff look like a marbled-crayon craft project. It wasn’t perfect, but I was nonetheless proud. 

Since knitting that first sweater, I’ve knitted countless additional sweaters and have even designed a couple. I developed an understanding of how to create a garment that fits and flatters through little lessons I learned from each and every sweater I’ve finished (as well as the ones I gave up on). This process has taken patience, persistence, and, most importantly, curiosity. And a lot of frogging.

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Projects from knitscene Summer 2020. All photos by Caleb Dane Young

That example applies to every other aspect of my job: creating magazines from soup to nuts; developing video and podcast content; writing engaging and interesting blog posts; and connecting with Interweave readers. All of these are a process: I don’t know whether I’ll ever be perfect at any of them. And I’m okay with that, because that means there is always more patience to foster, more persistence to meet a project with, and more ideas to be curious about.

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More projects from knitscene Summer 2020. All photos by Caleb Dane Young

Curiosity is what spurs every issue of our magazine, but especially this one. We wanted to explore sustainably made and sourced yarns. Every project in knitscene Summer 2020 focuses on sustainable yarns that are perfect for summer, from cottons and linens to hemp blends. Knitting is itself a practice in slow fashion and sustainability: making a garment or accessory from the bottom up (or top down). Making anything reminds us of the joy in slowing down and taking time for ourselves and our passions.

Happy knitting,

Hannah


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