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Give in to temptation

The Austin Tee by Jean Chung in the Summer 2014 issue of Knitscene.

Working here at Interweave I am often amazed at the amount of wonderful information we produce, not only Spin-Off but all of our sister (and brother) publications.

Mostly using my handspun for knitting, I have to say my favorites are our knitting magazines, Interweave Knits and Knitscene. I have so many projects in my queue from these two, I'm a little embarrassed. It seems every time an issue comes out there is something I must add to the list. My latest temptation is the Austin Tee by Jean Chung in the Summer 2014 issue of Knitscene. As I might have mentioned, I have a weakness for lace, and I really enjoy the out of the box way this pattern has been designed into a top. I can also see it in some subtlety variegated basket yarn (you know the stuff you spin that sits on display waiting for a project) I have been dying to put to good use. Also, now that Knitscene has gone from being a newsstand only special issue to a regular subscription publication I've signed up for a subscription myself so I don't have to hunt each issue down around the office.

Queen Victoria's Stockings to Knit-A Modern Take by Debbie O'Neill from the May/June 2014 issue of Piecework.

Another Interweave publication that is constantly adding to my to-do list is Piecework. Most issues focus on knitting and I love to be inspired by the charming bits of history they share. Also, the patterns included allow me to try out a range of historical techniques. The May/June 2014 issue is the Annual Lace issue (again playing on my weakness!) and I am smitten with Queen Victoria's Stockings to Knit–A Modern Take by Debbie O'Neill. They are inspired by Queen Victoria's love of lace and a pair of stockings given to her for her wedding. The original stockings where Shetland Lace and probably spun from Shetland wool. It would be a fun challenge to make this pattern in some Shetland handspun.

As you can see, it is very tempting and a little addicting to explore all the Interweave publications. However, I strongly recommend it. You never know what you will find to tempt you.

Spin on,


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