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Weekend Knits: Preview Our New Interweave Knits Special Issue

Sep 2, 2009

A note from Kathleen: Even though it's only Wednesday, I'm looking forward to this holiday weekend! I'm taking a trip to Seattle to visit my friends and see the sites, and I'm going to visit all my old yarn-shop stomping grounds. I can't wait! A friend and I are driving, so I'll have some good knitting time, too. What should I work on, my Central Park Hoodie from Kathleen's Knit-a-Long or something from the new Interweave Knits special issue Weekend? It's a hard choice, especially after thumbing through this wonderful collection of items perfect for wearing (or knitting) during some down-time.

Here's Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, to introduce Interweave Knits: Weekend and share a preview of the great ideas in store for you!

Here in the Knits office, we eat, sleep, and breathe knitting all day long. We delight in puzzling out wrinkly knitting problems; we talk passionately about the right kind of cast-on to use where. Our offices overflow with yarn samples and swatches we’ve knit; we have jars of knitting needles in every size on our desks. We work surrounded by yarn, tools, and garments.

The funny thing is, most of us live that way, too. We go home from our yarn-bedecked offices to living rooms, studios, bedrooms, and kitchen tables that speak the truth of the knitting life: baskets overflowing with projects in progress; bookshelves filled with treasured technique and pattern books; even occasionally, in my case, yarn that lives on the coffee table, too inspiring to tuck away into a bin or shelf. We are knitters, and knitting is as deeply integrated into our lives as sleeping and eating.

We suspect knitting is part of the good life for you, too, so we’re bringing you the very first issue of Interweave Knits: Weekend. This special issue is filled with projects that are intriguing and fun to knit, but casual and simple—and easy to wear and use all weekend, all year. There are projects for men, women, children, and pets—and fun projects to adorn your house. Casual styling, budget-conscious yarn choices, detailed fit notes, classic silhouettes, traditional techniques with a spin—what could be better?

So preview our new special issue here, and viva la weekend!

Editor, Interweave Knits

P.S. What do you like to knit and wear on your off days?


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LouiseA wrote
on Sep 3, 2009 9:34 PM

I like this issue a lot and will certainly pick it up. It's a bit more like the old Interweave Knits that I used to look forward to - there are models of different ages, and different body types- yay! There are sweaters, like the Nimbus Cardigan, that are unusual and experimental. (I remember making a cardi from an old IK that was half Aran cables and half Fair Isle.) And there's the old IK humor- "vest shown modeled on a Great Dane/Labrador Retriever mix" (but with how much positive or negative ease?), funny. Seems a bit more informal and less striving to be oh-so-fashionable and trendy.

newswoman wrote
on Sep 3, 2009 11:47 AM

  I've got to say, as one of the charter members of Knitting Daily, I've seen the news letter evolve in a way that's somewhat bothersome.

  I know Interweave is the sponsor of the piece and, as a business, its business is to sell product.  The promotion of goods (sister magazines, books, CDs, etc.) used to be at the bottom of the page, which was fine. Often, now, three out of five days is given over to promotions instead of knitting techniques, pattern discussion, yarn talk, designer interviews and the like.

  I'd like to see a return to the basics.

  Promote your goods, please, this is an excellent way to let me know about the publications you have to offer, but I miss the good old days of learning something new and interesting about the craft.


Lagato wrote
on Sep 3, 2009 11:36 AM

Just down loaded your free baby patterns.  I have knit about a half of dozen cats,  Kids always ask for them when they see my granddaughter in church with hers.  And regarding the Manchester jacket/sweater - I have that in a knitting book from "back in the day".

JodiS wrote
on Sep 2, 2009 9:02 AM

Hi Lisa, this is a special issue so it is not included in a subscription to Interweave Knits

LisaD wrote
on Sep 2, 2009 7:54 AM

is this included in the subscription to interweave knits or extra like the holiday issue?

LisaD wrote
on Sep 2, 2009 7:53 AM

is this included in the subscription to interweave knits?  or is it like the holiday issue?