& Bryce Thomas
Four years. It's hard to remember
when there wasn't a Knitty in my life. But thankfully
there is. Thankfully, so many people agree, and I
thank them for their support, whether since issue
one or since our last issue.
I want to thank the people who've been part of Knitty
since the beginning, most especially Jillian Moreno
[now the editor of our spinning mag, Knittyspin, and
the other half of my brain most days], Kristi Porter
[who's done everything for us at one point or another],
Theresa Vinson Stenersen [who is the queen of crystal-clear
photos and text and has likely taught more people
key knitting techniques than she'll ever actually
meet in her life], and Mandy Moore [who always produces
kickass work that impresses the designers she edits
every time]. To Stephannie Roy, who has worked tirelessly
to fill our pages with advertising from companies
and shops and craftspeople we all want to patronize,
a very special thanks. For her uncountable, invaluable
contribution to our online
community, I thank Wendy Wonnacott, and send special
thanks to Monkeemaven, now at uni, studying her brains
out, yet still knitting at a furious rate, I expect.
To the advertisers who make Knitty possible every
season, thank you. Without you, we wouldn't be here.
You keep us inspired with your new products, give
us places to shop when our local stores are closed,
and allow Knitty to stay free to everyone. To our
readers, please show our advertisers your support.
Click on their ads, see what they've got and, if you
need something, why not shop with one of them?
To the bloggers who knit our patterns, read our articles,
write about them, give us feedback, we love you. You
hear me? WE LOVE YOU. You guys are the reason Knitty
has grown and grown and grown over the years. Your
input is very valuable to us, especially the constructive
I've been working full-time on Knitty
since July 1. It's been astounding, this being my
own boss thing. I should buy me flowers! I've also
finished my next book [my third!], called No Sheep
For You, to be published by Interweave Press in spring
2007. We'll have some No-Sheep goodness in the spring
Knitty issue, too. Because wool is not the only fiber
you can knit happily with. Trust me.
The rabbits are well. I hope you
are, too. Enjoy the fall.
2007 calendar contest is over, and winners
will be announced in the fall surprise.
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Amy R Singer
Is it just me or is everyone
spinning or wanting to learn to spin lately? No one
looks at me like I've sprouted a second head when
I talk about spinning like they used to. Instead I
keep hearing, "Will you teach me?"
And as soon as that first (or 500th)
yarn is spun, the next question is "What can I do
with it?" I love knitting with my handspun, but I
rarely have the patience or time to spin for a whole
garment (or even a scarf, sometimes). One of the things
I'm really giddy about for Knittyspin is presenting
patterns that use smaller bits of handspun yarn --
either smaller projects or projects that mix mill-spun
yarn with handspun yarn. That's what we're all about:
more spinning joy, less spinning pressure.
Charkhas for Africa
Knitters seem to be getting
loads of press for their fibery contributions to charitable
works. I want to make sure that fiber folk know about
for Africa project.
This project started by Therese
works to get charkas and hand carders into the hands
of the women of Ethiopia and hopes to spread spinning
support to other parts of Africa.
Traditionally the women spin cotton
on hand spindles and weave the thread into cloth that
they to sell to support or use to clothe their families.
Getting charkhas into their hands will improve their
Huge supporters of the program
are the spinners of Material Whirled. For info on
the program and to learn how to lend your support
check out the Material
Spin to Knit Handspun Secret
Want to share spinnerly love
with other hand spinners? Join the Spin
to Knit Secret Pal Swap -- where you'll give and
receive 2 skeins of handspun yarn.
We'll be reviewing stuff!
Starting with the winter
issue of Knitty, Knittyspin will start publishing
reviews of spin happy stuff, like we do here.
If you have fiber, spindles, books, or other spinny
products that you'd like us to review, write Jillian
for submission information.