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Knits Spring 2009 Galleries: Part 2

Apr 1, 2009

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.

-- Sandi

P. S. A huge thank you to this season's Gallery Gals: Toni, Allison, Elizabeth, Annie, and Stefanie.


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bamm wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 4:14 PM
Are you planning on returning to offering actual knitting advice and not just selling the tv show or the magazine? I get that you're in business to make money, but the posts lately are very specifically targeted ads for books, magazines and the show. Which are all great resources. But I'd prefer the knitting advice that was offered when this newsletter started.
CynthiaM wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 1:10 PM
Hi, I really like the idea of the galleries BUT your models all look about the same size. Could you find some larger and/or taller people so that we could see the knitted items on them? Thanks!
TeresaB wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 8:19 AM
Hi, I would like to say two things: 1.The galleries are so good and useful. Would love to see EVERY pattern demonstrated in the galleries... 2. Could you, Sandi, tell the people at IK that the only thing that is bad with IK is that you donĀ“t have a kind of summary/gallery in the index of each magazine! It would be so useful, and much more simple, to search old patterns if you just had to open one special page in each edition to see what patterns were included (with photos). Looking forward to this!
on Apr 2, 2009 7:03 AM
I don't wear sweaters much, but I do enjoy learning about how things are supposed to fit and what would make them look better. I work in a local yarn shop and can advise our customers on what might work better for each person based on body type and style. Thank you for these galleries. They certainly help me sell the magazine.
ElizabethD wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 6:54 AM
As a larger gal myself, I'd like to see Sandi in more sweaters...but in sweaters that fit her, not in tiny sizes that don't. How am I to know how a sweater will look on me if it's several sizes too small on the model who's closest to my size? More larger sizes, please, please!
Lois Newton wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 5:40 AM
Sandi, this is "off-topic" (actually, returning to an old topic!), but I remember you talking about how you worked on a linen yarn to soften it up, but I don't remember the details or when it was. I'm making a cardi out of Crystal Palace Swiss Linen (100% linen), yarn I bought years ago & have lost the care instructions. Since the yarn tends to bleed color a lot, I intend to wash it to remove excess dye, but was wondering what I could do to soften it, too, as it's rather stiff?
Cinders wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 4:17 AM
I love looking at the galleries. My only critiscism this time is all your girls are lovely and slim. Could you hijack a passing member of the public who was a 44" bust or size 16 please?
Beth Kennett wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 5:59 PM
I LOVE the galleries! Thank you for showing each of the models in the various knitted items! What a clever idea. Thank you!
Eliza wrote
on Apr 1, 2009 11:45 AM
is there something amiss with the commenting on today's galleries? Also, any way to get more photos/models of the Parker Cardigan? I'm currently making this and have been anxiously awaiting the galleries.