Meet Lisa, the new editor of Interweave Knits magazine

The right designs, the right yarn

We've invited Lisa Shroyer, the new editor of Interweave Knits magazine, to introduce herself and share her plans for upcoming issues.

The Midsummer Aran by Ginevra Martin is featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Knits.

Publishing a single magazine issue is no quick process. Within that six to nine months—from the first submission call to designers, through the knitting, pattern-writing, technical editing, and photo shoots, to final file production and page design—much can change in the lives of the people working behind the scenes.

In the time it took to create the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Knits, we've had a fairly significant change on staff—Eunny Jang, the former editor, stepped down and I took her place. I am thrilled to move into this new role—it's a culmination of my years of work in the knitting industry and in publishing. Having been part of Interweave Knits for years, I can reflect on where we've been and what we've done. And now I'm ready to take us forward.

The Open Eye Tunic by Deborah Helmke is featured in the Summer 2013 issue of Interweave Knits.

I am a lifelong knitter and maker, and come from a family steeped in the fiber crafts, including spinning and weaving. Though knitting has been my personal focus, I know too much about yarn, about sheep, about dyeing, to ever feel very far from the spinner in my life—my mom. She's always offering to lend me a wheel, with that mischievous sparkle in her eye.

Yarn will be a big part of my approach to editing Knits. Choosing the right designs, the right yarn, then the right palette are the three steps to putting together a collection. What does a woolen-spun heather add to a sweater? What feeling does it imbue the stitches with? What does a bouncy cabled Merino in a clear saturated color make you feel? Out of all the options for yarns, my job will be to pick one. Just one yarn in one color for that lace pullover, one chance to make you see the design the way I see it in my head. I hope you tune in and weigh in!

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