Spring is coming. Really, it is.

Vertex Cardigan by Carol Feller
Inlaid Lace Mitts by Rebecca Blair

I know it doesn't seem like it, but spring is on the horizon. It's March (!), and that means spring bulbs are going to start peeking out of flower beds and warm-weather knitting patterns are going to appear in stores and online. The spring Interweave Knits is here to get you excited. There are some really wonderful projects in this issue—one of my favorites is the Vertex Cardigan by Carol Feller (shown at right). It's an easy knitting pattern with some unique details that raise it above the ordinary. What a perfect extra layer to throw on over a tee shirt!

Here's Eunny to tell you more about the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Knits!

When we are children, we live lives tied to the changing
seasons. We look longingly out of windows in heat-drowsy classrooms in late spring, chase fireflies and slap mosquitoes in balmy summer evenings, recognize the peculiarly acrid-sweet smell of newly sharpened pencils in fall's first cool breezes. Winter means itchy mittens, cheeks red with cold and running, and, hopefully, a snow day or two.

Gathered Lace Blouse by Adrienne Larsen
Dottie's Pullover by Amy Miller

When enough seasons have changed and we have grown up a little, our lives begin to follow calendars, not seasons. Alarm clocks jingle—or beep a familiar marimba beat—at the same time year-round, and we scarcely notice whether we are waking up to midwinter's dark or summer's early sunrises. Holidays, which we used to know were coming when snow fell or Dad lugged home steaks and sacks of charcoal briquettes, turn into red-circled dates that involve planning and timelines. Who has time to notice the first robin of spring when it shows up on the day of a long-scheduled root canal?

This year, as our grown-up calendars turned, I've been thinking a lot about my firefly-chasing days. Rich with symbolism as the idea of a brand-new year is, the reality of adult lives means that my 2013 datebook is already smudged and inked with travel plans, deadlines, events, and, yes, dentist appointments. Plans and goals and commitments for the future make it easy to lose whole days, weeks, and months in the rush to get from one scheduled happening to another.

But at the beginnings of my childhood summers, I was sure they could never end. I didn't know what day school would begin again—but I noticed thunder and crickets, hot sunshine, squash swelling under their blossoms. I measured time in how long it took papier mâché to dry, how long it took to learn to do a handstand or a new friendship bracelet pattern. I knew the state of my little world on any given day, and how I fit into it. Day to day, season to season, year to year.

With that in mind, we've put together this first Interweave Knits issue of 2013 to bring seasonal joy back to staid calendars: The projects in this issue celebrate modern lace knitting for warming days, "Lace in Place"; breezy-cool knits for layering, "In Relief"; lighthearted patterning, "What Happened on Clayton Street"; and feminine, floating lace that feels as fresh as soft rain, "Float, Flutter, Drift." Spring is here! Take note of the waking earth, cast on, and make something new yourself. Make 2013 a year of living with awareness of our worlds, and with the intention of adding good things to it. Some things don't need to be written in a calendar.

Live in the moment—subscribe to Interweave Knits today!

Knit on,

P.S. Have you knit something from Interweave Knits lately? Tell us about it in the comments!

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