A hard season
This has been a hard season. Our
baby girl [if you can call an 11-year-old rabbit a baby,
and we did] died
in August. Those of you who love your pets as children
will understand how empty our home feels now.
The world is a mess. Between
wars and what seems like a chain of endless natural
disasters, I'm scared to turn on the news. So I
don't. Besides, we're all quite well connected on
this here Internet, and -- thank heaven -- people
at the grassroots level seem to be working pretty
hard to take
So something to do with
your hands, then. We've got some knitting for you.
This issue, to celebrate
our third anniversary, we introduce a little spinning
in with your regularly scheduled fiber fix. We're
calling this part of our magazine Knittyspin™,
and we plan to expand it over the coming issues.
More and more of our readers spin and many more
want to. I'm one of them.
If spinning doesn't turn your
wheel, however, never fear. The rest of Knitty as you
know it will continue. We just like adding new stuff.
We're very pleased, starting
this issue, to welcome a new columnist -- David
Demchuk. David is a Toronto knitter with a way
cool day job, and we're honored that he's agreed
to write for us. We hope you enjoy his unique perspective.
In more local news, I've been
a fan of Toronto illlustrator Tania
Howells' charming work for a long time. We're very
proud to welcome her as our first guest designer at the
Knitty store. Her design, available exclusively at our
shop, is characteristic of her whimsical style and
we hope you'll like it as much as we do.
The header graphic for this issue
was shot on location at Brooklyn
General, in Brooklyn, NY. This is one amazing store
full of everything I love -- yarn, vintage fabric and
amazing vintage everything else. Stop by and bring your
Okay, so you want to know who
won the contests? Visit our contests
page for the scoop.
If you haven't already, sign up
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reader list, and we'll drop you a note when it's time
to announce the winners! The list is never shared with
anyone and we only send out a few messages a year.
Take care of each other and be