Each time a new issue of Interweave Knits is released, I start seeing a lot of buzz online about the Galleries, our photo collections of Interweave staffers wearing the sample sweaters from the magazines to show the sweaters on different body types and sizes. Knitters speculate which sweaters will be chosen, knitters beg that we include this favorite or that favorite in the Gallery lineup. People even send me email, asking that I "do a Gallery" on a particular sweater they have been considering, because they want more information and photos to study before they make the final decision to cast on.
I'm really pleased that the Galleries have not only captured your imaginations, but that they seem to have become such an important tool in helping you decide which patterns to add to your queue this season. And I'm constantly seeking to improve the Galleries and their value to you: Each each time I do a Gallery here on Knitting Daily, I ask for feedback, and then incorporate that feedback into the next season's Gallery.
One reader question that I often receive is this one:
How do I choose which garments to feature in the Knitting Daily Galleries?
Great question! Here's a little sneak peek into the Mind of Sandi as I plan the Galleries.
First: I read your comments and posts online; I look to see which sweaters you are curious about, which sweaters have captured your imagination. If a sweater has generated lots of buzz online, such as the Whisper Cardigan, then I put it on the list.
Then, I pick out sweaters that I think might need a little more "air time" in order to get the attention they fully deserve. The Millefiori Cardigan, for example--it is such a gorgeous sweater, with such pretty detailing, that I wanted to give you another look at it.
And then, frankly, the Gallery Gals themselves insist on trying on a garment that calls to them.
Sometimes a garment cannot be included in the Gallery photoshoot, because it has been sent off to be on the Knitting Daily TV show, or be included in a class, for example. Our garments have a busy life after the magazine is published and we have to work the Galleries around that schedule as best we can.
And that's how they are chosen! This time, eight garments were selected. We showed you the first four on Monday: The Diminishing Rib Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz, the Silk Cocoon Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio, the Saoirse Shawl by Norah Gaughan, and the Zickzack Tunic by Melissa Wehrle
Today's Galleries are:
Whisper Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Millefiori Cardigan by Andrea Pomerantz
Sweet Tee by Mary Jane Mucklestone
Parker Cardigan by Deborah Newton
All this week's Gallery patterns can be found in our Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits. If you haven't gotten your copy yet, ask for it at your local yarn shop, or order it here.
Take a look at our Gallery Gals wearing the sample sweaters from the
magazine; ask yourself which sweater is best for which body type, and
which sweater might look drop-dead fabulous on YOU. My hope is that
these Galleries help you learn to visualize how the sweaters will look
on your own body, and give you inspiration to knit things that you
might never have thought of knitting before!
Enjoy! And please let us know your thoughts on the Galleries. Each individual Gallery
has its own comments section, so chime right in with your own views on
each garment and what you think looks best on each of our Gallery Gals.
P. S. A huge thank you to this season's Gallery Gals: Toni, Allison, Elizabeth, Annie, and Stefanie.