New year, new knitting goals, and new issues of your favorite knitting magazines! I'm so excited to talk about our Knitscene Spring 2012 issue. Remember a couple of weeks ago, when you had presents you wanted to give people but had to wait until a pre-appointed day to do so? That's what it's been like for me for the past month!
This issue has been one of my favorites to work on lately; here's why:
1. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
I've loved almost every design I've ever seen from Mercedes. When Lisa mentioned Mercedes had signed on to be our featured designer, I was ecstatic. Mercedes's collection is made of three retro femme garments, the Seberg Sweater, Fleurette Camisole, and Beulah Cardigan. Each project brings Mercedes's own touch to a vintage fashion idea and is magically transformed into a chic, contemporary silhouette for the modern knitter. Many folks in the office are talking about knitting the Seberg Sweater; which is your favorite from this collection?
2. Duplicate Stitch
I took up cross stitch many years ago as a pre-teen—you could say playing with string has been a longstanding hobby of mine. Duplicate stitch is one of my favorite techniques a knitter can use to embellish a knitted project because it hearkens back to those days spent stabbing my thumb with a needle to create a picture in thread. Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark contributed an article on how to work duplicate stitch if you don't have fond memories of cross-stitch and embroidery, and Allyson Dykhuizen's Tulip Slouch and Maura Kirk's Secret Song Mittens are quick and easy projects for practicing duplicate stitch.
Stripes are always fun, and in this mini-collection from Kate Gagnon Osborn and Courtney Kelley, they're flattering, too. Work up a quick hat with Kate's East Falls Hat, or a slouchy, comfy pullover with Courtney's Roxborough Dolman.
4. Variegated Yarns
Who hasn't been lured in by the bright, mottled colors of a hand-dyed yarn? Pairing a beautiful variegated yarn with just the right project can be tricky, though. We've got six projects in multicolor yarns, such as Danielle Chalson's Averill Vest, Amy Christoffer's Cypress Raglan, and Carina Spencer's Nixie Shawl. And I took a gander at the ways different multicolor yarns can knit up, from your basic hand-painted to self-striping yarns in my article "Beyond Variegated." I have to take this moment to give a shout out to Lisa and Amy, the masterminds behind Roman Hills, for quickly coming to my rescue and dyeing up samples of a few different techniques for the article.
5. The Cover
Choosing a cover for this issue was really difficult. In the past, Lisa resorted to a poll, asking our readers for their input. This time, cover options circulated the office, getting input from everyone we could track down, because the projects in this issue were all so amazing, we had trouble choosing just one. Amy Herzog's Hester Pullover was the eventual winner—not that any of them would have been wrong. Amy's pullover, like Mercedes's collection, has a dash of retro with blouson sleeves and a gentle scoop neck, and is worked in the beautifully fuzzy (but not itchy! it is magically not itchy!) Schulana Mosco from Skacel.
6. Color Neutrality
Officially called "Oh. Ecru." in the issue, Lisa chose an uber-neutral palette for the last story in the issue. Six projects that are essentially blank canvases—choose your own neutral yarn to layer over some brightly colored clothes, or let your imagination run wild and picture these pieces in different colors! Hannah Fettig's Panthera Vest features built-in pockets, Carol Feller's Florence Cardigan uses dropped stitches as a decorative edging, and Nakia Casey's Sunbeam Tank utilizes short-row shaping and vertical stripes to create a flattering tank.
We're trying out a new feature in this issue, called "Yarn Crush," in which we take a peek at the season's newest trends. Who doesn't love more discussion about yarn? New imports to the U.S. and new offerings from a handful of our favorite yarn companies are in store for you in this issue.
updated January 12 - I knew I'd forgotten something!
8. The Photography
This issue (and the Interweave Knits Accessories 2011 issue were shot by Nathan Rega of Harper Point Photography. Nathan and his team, consisting of Kira (who also takes fantastic photos but has worked as our makeup artist on these shoots) and Caleb, latched on to Lisa's ideas for each individual stories and took them to another level. Here's a photo of Nathan in action, setting up the first shot of our location day.
9. The Models
We're so lucky to work with a variety of amazing models, and never more so than when we're in the Flatirons outside Boulder, Colorado, and there's snow threatening to fall the entire day. You can see Nathan's fancy new earflap hat in that photo above, and in the photo below, you can see that Amanda and Lacie, our location day models, were not dressed quite so warmly. While they were shivering in between takes, they were incredibly professional and, dare I say it, fierce when the camera was rolling. What you can't see in this photo of Lacie is me, standing off to the side, holding a big puffy coat to throw over her any chance we got.
I love everything about this issue, and I hope you do too! Be sure to let me know which projects you're planning to knit in the comments. Knitscene Spring 2012 is officially on sale January 24; pre-order your copy or download the digital edition now (psst, if you have auto-ship subscription, your copy should be in the mail!).