I know that it's July. I do! It's not even the middle of July! But here we are, talking about the Fall 2014 issue of Knitscene nonetheless.
But think of it this way! If something grabs your attention and you start knitting it soon, you'll be so prepared when the weather starts to dip down and it's time to break out those sweaters you stashed away. At least, this is what I tell myself when I can't resist casting on for woolly sweaters in 90° temps.
I've already cast on for our cover sweater, the East Neuk Hoodie by Kristen Orme. This project comes from our Campfire Knits story, in which we pay homage to the traditional knitted ganseys in modern designs.
Not sure what a gansey is? I'll be talking about traditional ganseys and going in-depth on our Campfire Knits projects in another blog post, but in the meantime I highly recommend Beth Brown-Reinsel's Knitting Ganseys book.
I'm also itching to knit Faye Kennington's Berneray Pullover from our All Things Tweed story. Tweed fabric feels like such a fall staple that we had to let it shine in this issue, and Faye's design makes the most of a yarn with great flecks of color. Plus, who doesn't love a shawl-collar pullover?
Our featured designer, Julia Farwell-Clay, created four incredible looks for this issue. Knitters have fallen in love with her Steampunk Pullover, worked in the round from the bottom up. Julie Matthews gives us a glimpse of Julia's design sense in her wonderful profile, and Julia herself has been breaking down the inspiration behind her collection, starting with the Clocktower Kimono.
Not in the mood for sweater knitting at the beach? We've got six incredible scarves, including the Larimer Scarf by Holly Priestley. Scarves are great on-the-go projects for summer travel knitting, since they generally roll up small enough to fit in suitcase nooks and crannies.
I'm in love with this issue and so excited that it should be appearing on newsstands any day now (official on-sale date is July 15). I hope you find something inspires you to pick up the needles and keep on knitting through these summer months (unless you live in the southern hemisphere, in which case, what are you waiting for?).