Interweave Knits Spring 2018 Lookbook
Wildfires are common in Colorado; the forests are overrun with beetle-kill evergreens, which serve as kindling in the dry, hot summers. Traveling through any forest in the state, you’ll see stretches of charred tree lines. The stark beauty of those blackened, spindly trunks against an azure sky has always moved me, evoking both sadness and hope.
In June 2017, while searching for a photo-shoot location, our stylist, Tina Gill, unintentionally stumbled upon a sweet tiny house nestled in the midst of a burned forest. The striking backdrop of scorched trees turned out to be the perfect setting for our story, and the crew and I spent the day climbing over fallen branches and stumps. At that point, the year was only half over, and many unexpected tragedies, horrors, and heartbreaks had yet to unfold on the world stage. Since then, that burned-out forest has come to be my personal symbol for 2017: ravaged, desolate, and seemingly hopeless.
The metaphorical and the all-too-real wildfires of 2017 were terrifying, destructive, and unpredictable. Although we would prefer that they had never happened, in their wake they have left space for new growth. My hope for 2018 is to nurture the healing and growth of our society, and that needs to begin in each of us. Self-care is not selfish; it is vital to our well-being and inner strength, and creating is an essential part of self-care—a lesson I learned this year. For months, my knitting needles lay dormant. The evils of the world zapped my desire to create, and I suffered without my coping mechanism.
Luckily, a few months ago, an old, well-loved book came across my path: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert M. Pirsig. When I placed the book on the table, the worn spine naturally flipped it open to a underlined page that read, “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” Those words served as the invigorating jolt I needed not only to start knitting again, but to choose how I could best serve the readers of this magazine with inspiring and comforting projects and features focused on self-care, healing, and hope.
In this Spring 2018 issue of Interweave Knits, we provide both the journey and the destination. You’ll find a carefree escape in Moto Knits, full of innovative interpretations of motorcycle wear—particularly the stunning knitted version of a classic motorcycle jacket. At journey’s end, you’ll find rest in the casual weekend comfort captured in our Evergreen Retreat story; this collection of essential knits features mainstay cables and colorwork, along with updated takes on retro-chic designs. As you dive into the projects in this issue, read about a yarn shop owner in Charlottesville who teamed up with North Light Fibers to create a cowl kit for healing and hope. Learn how to maintain your gauge between plain stockinette and colorwork with Roxanne Richardson. And let Lisa Shroyer explain why you should put down your phone and pick up your knitting right now. She makes a compelling case.
From the Knits team, we hope you find the desire to create and the peace that creating brings. Together, let’s make 2018 a better year.