did we do that?
& Bryce Thomas
You know that ridiculous question,
"What's your five-year plan?" Well, I think it's
ridiculous. Who plans five years ahead? Certainly
Five years ago, I pushed the
go button for Knitty and look what's
happened since. I'm very happily self employed
making this magazine for you, I love my job and
get to work in my pyjamas if I want to. And I often
want to. I also don't have to keep track of how
many sick days I've used, which is a good thing.
See, in early August, I awoke
in the middle of the night in quite horrible pain
and four days later, my gall bladder was in a trash
bin. But August is fall Knitty production month.
"Sure," I told Jillian. "I'll be able to work when
I get home. I just have to sit at a desk." Silly
me. I had no idea the abuse a belly button suffers
in laparoscopic surgery [you don't want to know
either], and clearly was misguided about my ability
to remain reasonably vertical post-surgery. It
took more than a week till I even had the energy
to check my e-mail, and that's saying something.
So Knitty is a few days later
this issue than normal, and I thank you for your
patience and for waiting for us. I hope you like
what you see. This fifth-anniversary fall issue
is full of extra-special gall-bladder-free editorial
goodness. And as my friend Jen Hendriks told me,
"I really think that gall bladder was holding you
I think she's right.
need your help to fight breast cancer!
If you've read Knitty
for a while, you know that I don't flog charitable
causes casually. Knitty supports just one charity
- the Canadian
Breast Cancer Foundation, through
their annual Run for the Cure. I chose this charity
because, in 1999, I lost two women very dear to me
to unspecified cancers: my beloved Grandma, to whom
Knitty is dedicated, and my hub's sweet Aunt Marlene.
Team Knitty has been doing the walk and fundraising
since 2004, and last year, we raised $13,000 to help
fight cancer. The Foundation spends our donations
on research, community awareness, education and outreach.
If you can, please click
on this link and donate a dollar
or two. If everyone who reads Knitty would do just
that, we'd make a really big contribution to a very
Thank you for your
Knitty swag is ready for you. Are you ready for it?
Come in and take
Too soon to talk 2008 vacation?
I don't think so! I think you should join me, Mama
E [the charming goddess of hand dyed yarn], Chrissy
Gardiner [fab knitwear designer] and Brenda
of Cast on and the patron saint of knitting] next
May as we cruise and knit and have a great time on
the way to Alaska! Look forward to classes with all
of us, knitting onboard and off, knit-focused excursions
and a killer goodie bag. Full details are here.
I am pushing for at least one pajama knitting party
on deck. We'll have to see how cold
it gets! I think there's no better way to go with
the flow than on a beautiful ship that takes you
from port to port. Unpack once and watch as your
home moves through blue waters populated by icebergs.
I can't wait. Join me!
I love meeting Knitty people, so
don't be shy! Come up and say hi! And remember --
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and we only send out a few messages a year.
Amy R Singer
It's fall. School and thoughts
of learning have taken over the world. Amy and
I and a bunch of other spinners are soon off to SOAR – the
Spin Off Autum Retreat, or as I refer to it
Spinning Camp. We will stuff our brains full of
spinning learning at the hands of some of North
I’m not a great technical spinner, and probably
never will be, but I love spinning. The approach
of SOAR makes me think about how I learn knitting
and spinning differently, and how they occupy different
season for me.
With knitting, I am obsessive.
If I want to know about decreases, I will sit for
days with books piled around me, swatching and trying,
what works and doesn’t. I don’t
like to learn knitting from people. And don’t
try to touch my knitting if you are teaching me something.
Very isolated. Satisfying,
but not always relaxing.
With spinning, it’s different.
totally and completely stuck, I never pick up a book.
I go with trial and error and intuition. I love
to learn spinning from other people. I love the chatter
and the flow of a spinning class. It doesn’t
bother me at all when a teacher reaches into my spinning
to tweak or twist my yarn – it's all Kumbaya
all the time with spinning for me. Intuitive and
Winter is about learning knitting, combating that trapped-in-the-house-must-learn-something-new
feeling. Fall is my learning spinning time. The kids
go to school and, so do I behind my wheel, letting
We'll be reviewing stuff!
Coming soon, 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.