Note from Sandi: Ever met a knitter who just made you want to stare at her hands as her needles flew along? That's how I felt the first time I saw Lisa Shroyer, the editor of Knitscene magazine, knit. She's a thrower, she does amazing colorwork, and she's wicked fast with the needles. Lisa knits more stitches in a day than I knit in a week!
All that knitting seems to have given Lisa an deep affinity for what knit and purl stitches can do--she seems to have a homing instinct when it comes to finding great designs. Lucky us!
For example: See that pretty rainbow yoked sweater by Carol Sulcoski? Looks like a lot of stripes and ends to weave in, right? Nope. That's Noro Kureyon, a variegated yarn, and the colors change all by themselves. Clever--and Lisa chose it for one of the designs in the new Winter 2008/Spring 2009 issue of Knitscene magazine.
Here's Lisa to tell you more of what's in the new issue of Knitscene:
It's a new issue of Knitscene!
Knitscene is a special issue that comes out twice a year. We feature simple, stylish, and free-spirited designs that will appeal to
a wide range of knitters. Most of the projects in Knitscene are easy to
make, falling in the easy and advanced easy categories. If you want a
quick-to-knit sweater with a hip silhouette, Knitscene is the magazine
In this issue, we explore:
- The classic combo of sweaters and denim—these designs look great with jeans
- Whimsical knits for spring—luscious fibers, modern shapes, girly details
- Rustic yarns and great outerwear pieces
- Chunky yarns for fast (and economical!) accessories
- Crochet accessories that feature a bit of knitting for the multi-crafter
- The art of spinning with a drop spindle
- Buttonholes and how to plan your buttonbands
- The knitting world of designer Cathy Carron, with 4 new designs by Cathy
- How to incorporate one vest project into your wardrobe to make 3 different fashion statements
I hope you enjoy this issue of Knitscene as much as I enjoyed working on it. Check out the preview and let us know what you think of the designs.
On Wednesday, we'll look in depth at the fabulous Orchid Wrap by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and talk about…entrelac!
-- Lisa Shroyer
editor of Knitscene magazine
Here is what designers are saying about Knitscene:
Designing for Knitscene is an absolute pleasure. The projects are accessible and fun at the same time. Forever Tweed, for example, is one of those sweaters a newbie can knit with ease, and a fun project for more experienced knitters looking for a quick, stylish sweater project!
I’ve always loved the way Knitscene features projects that are easy to knit but don’t necessarily look it! (And of course the fact that the photographs are shot in the Philadelphia area, where I live, is an extra bonus. Go Eagles!)
—Carol J. Sulcoski (author of Knit So Fine and Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn)
I love the challenge of creating a fun project that is interesting, and yet, easy. Most of my projects tend to become advanced because I cannot stop myself from throwing in one or two more techniques, and with Knitscene I like the challenge to edit myself to keep the projects easy. For me, there is nothing more fun then working up a project that at heart is easy, and turns into a knock-out.
—Robyn Chachula (author of Blueprint Crochet: Modern Designs for the Visual Crocheter)
Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.
What's on Sandi's needles? Still on the sleeves for my sister's Central Park Hoodie--working
both at once on a long circular needle. (Yes, I did swap out the cable
because I'm Just That Way.) But I also must admit to casting on for a
warm hat, because it's Canada, and there's all this white stuff
outside, and it's actually rather chilly white stuff.