Note from Sandi: Here on Knitting Daily, we firmly believe that yarn should be an equal-opportunity addiction--everyone deserves a chance to be inspired to play with pretty yarns, no matter what their tool of choice. So when I heard that my friends in the Interweave Crochet office were putting together a free pattern ebook of crochet gifts for the holidays, I was delighted that we could bring a little extra joy to our crocheting siblings this holiday season. After all: The whole point of making things by hand is to spread a little more love around, yes? Definitely yes! (And you know what? Even if you are a die-hard Knitting Only kind of person, maybe take a look at these nifty gifts...you never know, you might be tempted to pick up a crochet hook one of these days...)
Please welcome Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet...Heeeeeerrrrrrrre's Kim!
A Gift of Thanks
We here at Interweave Crochet spend about nine months working on each issue, and many of the people who work on our magazine also work on others. Our production schedule strikes a delicate balance, and every once in a while it ends up being not terribly ideal. For example, our Winter 2008 issue comes out just before New Year's. A mainstay of early-winter crocheting for many people is making gifts for friends, family, and charity—late December is too late to start making holiday gifts.
So one day over the summer I phoned a few people in the office and asked if we could digitally publish our staff projects a few weeks before the winter issue comes out. We had a meeting, and then we crunched to make sure we could do it right, and fast—after all, we had to squeeze this unplanned project into our already packed production schedule. After a lot of hard work by a lot of people in several departments, I'm very pleased to present to you our first gifts ebook, available for free--generously sponsored by Red Heart, with projects designed by five people involved with Interweave Crochet. We hope you enjoy these patterns, and that they'll make you even more excited for the winter issue that will arrive just when you thought you'd received your last holiday gift. See, what they say is true: Interweave Crochet is the gift that keeps giving.
We are so grateful that you're a part of our community. Your crafty talents feed our collective desire to give you the best crochet. We get excited every time we see one of your finished projects. We hope you enjoy this gift, and that you'll share your work on the Knitting Daily forums so we can see what you've made. The ebook will remain available to you for free through most of January, 2009. Thank you for crocheting with us!
-- Kim Werker
Editor, Interweave Crochet
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What's on Sandi's needles? I cannot tell a lie. I'm done with one slipper and well into the next--I'm knitting the Aran Slippers from Knits Holiday Gifts 2008. (No, I haven't finished the socks yet. Yes, I am working on the lace shawl. Yes, I have a couple other projects scattered around the house right now. What can I say? Would you have better self-discipline if you worked for Interweave?)