The official start of autumn is tomorrow and here in the Interweave offices, we're ready to embrace the cooler weather, crisper air, and of course, the opportunity to wear those handknits we've been hoarding all summer.
On a whim, I asked some of my coworkers what they're looking forward to about autumn.
Amanda Williams, Interweave Knits Assistant Editor:
like knitting in a café with a good, strong latte. Also, hats
and big schlumpy sweaters that cover the bum and can be worn with leggings."
Sharon Zientara, Interweave Crochet Assitant Editor:
"TWEED. ALL THE TWEED."
Karin Strom, Editorial Director, Yarn Group:
"Rhinebeck! It's the first year in 7 years that I'm not going and I am majorly bummed."
Larissa Gibson, Project Editor:
I think it is the colors and walking through crunchy leaves (preferably in the woods, not my lawn).
But I like a lot of things, back to school, high school football games with the marching band, slowly reintroducing my cold weather wardrobe, and changing our dinner menu to my winter recipes.
Much of this is knitting related because you can do it all in knits, with knits, while knitting…
Anne Merrow, Sockupied editor:
Turning leaves and their smell; cross-country running (along dirt roads in New England with stone walls); finding the knits I'd forgotten about; putting my handknitted socks into rotation; realizing that if I finish the projects now that I abandoned in May, I could wear them; pumpkin!!; sleeping with a blanket; cuddly cats; return of good TV
Sarah Read, Interweave Crochet project editor:
Me? I'm a fan of tights. I've always believed that fall and winter wardrobes were infinitely better than spring and summer options. Tights are fantastic—they can add a pop of color to an outfit, they add a layer of warmth under pants for those really cold days, and best of all, I don't have to shave my legs. Also, neutral tights with handknits socks can be a lot of fun.
We've just gone to press on our Knitscene Winter issue, which will be available next month, but I'm hoping to savor the switch from summer to fall. My plans include toasting s'mores over fire pits while wearing sweaters and hats fresh off the needles, searching for a new pair of boots, and yes, breaking out the tights as soon as the weather is cool enough.
What are your favorite parts of autumn? Has the weather taken it's downward turn yet? How do you really feel about tights?
Happy and warm knitting,