Interweave Knits Fall 2018 Lookbook
“That’s the thing about home—you take it for granted until you move away.” My mom has said this more times than I can count throughout my life. When I was little, we moved from Rhode Island to North Carolina, leaving behind our extended family, friends, and the only life all of us knew. At the time, I was too young to understand what she was talking about and what she would miss: long summer days at the beach, clam cakes and chowder, the smell of fallen autumn leaves, Sunday family dinner, and New England. It wasn’t until I was well into my adulthood that I realized how much I also missed “home.” I pined for the colonial architecture, the ocean, my family, and the rooted history and traditions of the region.
Even though I was young when we left New England, it made an imprint on my soul. When I began knitting, I gravitated toward traditional projects—ganseys, Arans, Fair Isle, crunchy wools, cables, textures. I realized I was recreating a sense of home and harkening back to my New England roots in my knitting. Every sweater I made reminded me of crisp fall mornings, awe-inspiring foliage, the smell of wood smoke, Ivy League campuses, and the crash of waves along a rocky shoreline. My nostalgia for home has only grown since taking stewardship of Interweave Knits, a publication that upholds all the good stuff of knitting, which in my mind happens to be the good stuff of home.
What better season than fall to dedicate an issue to New England? Regardless of your region or country of origin, this issue of Interweave Knits evokes a sense of nostalgia. Spend an afternoon in Harvard Square sipping coffee, reading, and stitching away among the ivy, cobblestones, and academics. Stroll along a craggy shoreline on Cape Cod, letting the cool, salty breeze kiss your face while your woolly fisherman’s sweater keeps you warm. Learn about a different part of the country with its own wool traditions as you travel to the Navajo reservation in New Mexico with Peace Fleece and Harrisville Designs, to discover how growing wool sustains a nation. And finally, find patience, acceptance, and forgiveness for yourself in a poignant essay by Alanna Okun, author of The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater.
On behalf of the Knits team, I hope you feel a bit of nostalgia and sense of home in this beautiful issue. If we follow our heart’s desire, don’t settle for anything less than happiness, and create beauty through craft, our home will always be with us.