WELCOME knitscene handmade 2016
We here at Interweave are beyond excited to bring you our all new very super special issue knitscene handmade (digital release May 19 and on newsstands May 31!!!). In addition to this being a brand-new special issue, it is also the first issue of knitscene to be taken on by its new editor, Hannah Baker, and assistant editor, Sara Dudek. The idea for this issue started with former editor, Amy Palmer, and assistant editor, Louisa Demmitt—and what a fantastic idea it was! Below is a sneak-peek from Hannah describing all the awesomeness that is knitscene handmade 2016.
Why do we create? Why do we opt to build and make with our hands over buying ready-made items to save our time and effort? Anything and everything we could possibly need is available for sale in large, warehouse-like stores, or on the Internet. Why then do we choose to use our personal time for slow, precise projects that require so much attention? You, Knitter, already know the very simple answer to these questions: We create because it feels good. It makes us feel whole, fulfilled, from the process through the final product. Creating is human nature, and without it, something is missing.
This brand-new special issue of knitscene is all about the handmade life and the folks who subscribe to creative lifestyles in the realm of knitting. We’ve visited with some of The Makers of this creative world, who tell us what it means to them to be creators in the New Media Age. We’ve interviewed modern craft shops to find out what it’s like to be a community resource for an inventive public, and indie dyers who are on the cutting edge of what is hot in the industry right now.
The projects in handmade are presented in one big story (“The Projects”) and are accessory-heavy, with projects for women, men, and babies. We are excited to present three exclusive colorways created for knitscene from Lorna’s Laces, SweetGeorgia Yarns, and Pigeonroof Studios , used in the Manitou Springs hat, cowl, and mitts set, Happy Jack Cowl, and the Bingham Hill Cowl, which will be sold as kits very soon at interweave.com/knitting. We also selected technical articles to help you succeed in completing the projects, from short-row shaping to invisible grafting to blocking your project for a quality finish.
While I am absolutely thrilled and honored to take over as editor of knitscene, this particular issue wouldn’t have been possible without massive team contribution amidst multiple staffing changes at Interweave. I want to thank the knitting team for all the energy they have poured into this special issue, especially my good friend, and former assistant editor, Louisa Demmitt, who created the concept for handmade and who worked incredibly hard to make it marvelous both before and after her shift to the Interweave video and education team.
I sincerely hope that you find inspiration and empowerment to create your life in handmade, the knitscene issues to come, and all around you.