Preview Interweave Knits Winter 2010!

Charvet Pullover
Charvet Pullover by Maria Leigh
Oslo Walk Shawl
Oslo Walk Shawl by Susanna IC
Pinked Socks
Pinked Socks by Judy Alexander
Winter Wren Cardigan
Winter Wren Cardigan by Shirley Paden

A note from Kathleen: Just like fall is football and back-to-school season, winter is knitting season. My winter days in Spokane are full of snow and blue skies, which I love, and my nights are warmed with a fire in the fireplace and a roast in the crock pot (which I might love even more).

My winter mainstay is always my knitting. Like most knitters, I knit more in the fall and winter than in the rest of the year put together. That's why I absolutely love the winter issue of Interweave Knits.

As always, the Knits staff has filled the pages with beautiful sweaters and accessories, inspiration and education. In fact, the Beyond the Basics feature in this issue is all about putting zippers in knits, which is something that I've recently been struggling with.

Thank you, Interweave Knits, for always having your finger on the pulse of my current knitting challenges!

Here's editor Eunny Jang to preview the winter issue for you.

Interweave Knits Winter 2010: Warm Your World

I dreamt about yarn a couple weeks ago. Knitting dreams are sort of frighteningly common for me—they usually happen around deadlines and involve ripping out mohair stitch by stitch like a knitting Sisyphus—but this one was interesting for its simplicity: I took one yarn after another down from pegs on a wall, adding them to a basket I had on my arm. They were simple wool yarns in natural fleece shades, a little heathered, with an old-fashioned, slightly toothed finish.

That was it. Peculiar, right?

But I've been thinking about that dream a lot lately; there's a dense little knot of appeal to it that I've been trying to unravel. And I think I've finally hit on it: It's the sheer simplicity and naturalness of it, the distillation of this whole knitting thing down to its elemental building blocks. Fancy stitches, clever constructions, finicky finishing details—before all those layers of knitting nuance (which I also love) come into play, there's yarn, with all its promise of possibility.

Fitting, then, that this Winter issue of Interweave Knits is all about yarn.

Every one of the projects in this issue is a showcase for the particular yarn and fiber it is worked in: Plump cables worked in lofty wool for deep, yielding texture; slinky garter-stitch stripes in silk for heavy drape; simple knit and purl textures worked in alpaca and wool for subtle, blurry definition—these projects are all about uncovering the intrinsic character of a yarn and then showing it off. The knitter's art, artfully considered.

From fun experiments with color and texture ("Of a Different Stripe") to cables combined with bold silhouettes ("The County") to explorations of how two or more yarns can work together ("Come Together") to clever socks and stockings ("We Love Socks") to true outerwear ("The Great Outdoors"), this issue is a roadmap for where yarn and fiber can go, given a little time and effort.

Find the beauty in something and fashion it into something even better—that's what we knitters do. A good thought to end the year on.

Have fun exploring the preview, and don't forget to subscribe so you don't miss an issue!

Happy knitting,

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