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Preview Spring 2011 Interweave Knits!

Feb 4, 2011

    
Gathered Front Tank by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
En Pointe Pullover by Alice Tang
Leaf and Picot Cardigan by Laura Grutzeck
    
Heliotropic Pullover by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
A note from Kathleen:
When I woke up this morning and looked out my window I saw bright blue sky, but when I let the dog out, I was hit with a wall of 12-degree air! I don't know about you, but I'm longing for the spring, with its gardening, warmer weather, and general sense of newness.

The season is meaningful in so many ways, but the "new beginning" aspect of it seems to resonate with all of us. One of my dearest friends is facing a family crisis, and she said the other day that it would brighten her spirits if spring were here.

I agree! But these blue skies are giving me a boost; I'll just enjoy them from indoors with the perfect companion—a preview of the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Knits.

One of my favorite projects (so far!) is the Heliotropic Pullover by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark, pictured at right. I love the simple design with the detail on the yoke. (That Gathered Front Tank might be a must-knit, too.)

Here's editor Eunny Jang to introduce the preview!

"A little Madness in the Spring / Is wholesome even for the King"
—Emily Dickinson

February is an odd in-between month. In other languages and at other times it's been called Cabbage Month, Mud Month, Ice Month—the month of hard, harsh weather and patient waiting for renewal.

Gardeners finger dog-ear seed catalogs and set up trays indoors, dreaming of ground that can be worked—gastronauts wait for the area's first bursting-with-chlorophyll asparagus—baseball nuts dig in to watch spring training, with its chilly promise of hot sunshine and long days in the not-too-distant future.

We knitters, though, we've found the secret to waiting out February with good grace: We take up projects that hint at spring with bright colors and light fabrics, willing warmer days with every stitch. We shed our wooly skins and try on cottons, linens, and silks; we experiment; we replace heavy, serious expeditions into knitting with playful jaunts. All through the dreary midwinter, we knit on, leaving a trail of brightly colored freshness.

How could spring fail to come? We knitters earn it honestly.

With that in mind, we've stocked this Spring issue of Interweave Knits with all the right projects to get you dreaming about spring: flowing, sculptural knits that take advantage of linen's drape ("Uncommon Flax"); punchy modern colorblock knitting ("Block by Block",); gently sophisticated lace projects ("Fabric Interrupted"); fun modular knits ("Mod*u*lar"), and fresh, sweet ruffles and ruching ("Circumnavigated").

Let the snow fall—we're busy getting ready for daffodils.

I hope you enjoy the preview, and be sure to subscribe to Interweave Knits so you don't miss anything!

Happy Knitting,


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SuzanneJ@10 wrote
on Feb 22, 2011 7:20 AM

I received my Spring 2011 issue last weekend - I have a question about the cowl that Eunny is wearing in her photo at the beginning of the magazine.  Is there a pattern for it??

thanks,

sj

MariaP@2 wrote
on Feb 5, 2011 2:28 AM

I do not get any newsletters any more since 12.12.2010 from knitting daily, beading daily and spin- off, although long time member.

I wrote already three times to the customer sevice, but up to now, I unfortunately got no answer to no messages, and I do not know, where else to get some help from other than here.

Thanks for your help.

Best regards

Maria.

krstgeorge wrote
on Feb 4, 2011 7:21 AM

Thank you for the preview.  Just what I needed to help brighten my day after so much snow in our area.

AnneliseC wrote
on Feb 4, 2011 7:09 AM

This is a note and a request to Kathleen (and other wonderful knitters at Interweave):  Could you write a post about getting started in colorwork?  I know there is a pdf file describing different colorwork techniques, but I'm looking for some easy projects to introduce me to stranded colorwork.  Ideally, I'm looking for a confidence-building project that I can complete in short order, so that I can move on to my ultimate goal:  the Little Majolica sweater (from Fall 2006). From the moment I saw that sweater, I knew I had to knit it. At the time, I was just beginning to knit, so I set it aside as a "gonna-knit-someday-when-I-get-the-courage-to-try" pattern. Since then, I've done cables,  I've done intarsia, but I've never tackled stranded colorwork - and I'm ready!  I would really appreciate it if you could offer some suggestions for simple projects that would do well to introduce the technique in a painless way. Thank you!