Back in summer,
I hinted that there would be changes
around here come fall. Why fall?
Because as of this issue, we're seven years
old. Seven years of Knitty, as we've
grown and changed and brought you the wonderful
and the weird...all with a slightly
warped sense of humor.
It's fall. And the changes promised in summer
are here. We're so excited, we can
barely sit still [or perhaps that's because
we've been tied to our chairs for weeks,
making all this happen].
So what is it? Well, you're holding it in
your hands. Or looking at it on your
desktop. Or reading it on the bus,
in a taxi, on a plane or train. It's
the new Knitty.
See, Knitty was designed by a words-and-pictures
girl back in 2002 [that'd be me].
My knowledge of HTML is pretty much
survival level, though it's grown
over the years. Anything more complicated
than reasonably basic code makes
my head hurt.
Thankfully, I happen to be married to a man
with a brain the size of a planet
[say hi, Philly!] who thinks in code.
And as Knitty's seventh anniversary
grew closer, he and Jillian and I
decided it was time for more than
just a new coat of paint.
So what's new? The biggest change is that
Knitty now takes up more on the screen
that you're looking at. This
gives us some elbow room to design
in, and most importantly, it allows
us to enlarge the size of our ad
spaces. We think our advertisers
deserve it! After all, it's the support of our advertisers
that allows Knitty to come to you
at no charge. Please support our
advertisers in return!
Meanwhile, page content [like articles and
patterns] is as large as it's
always been, and everything continues
to be printer friendly. Yay!
The next big change is the navigation. We
used to have buttons at the top and
down the left side of every page.
As the years went by, this system
was getting more cumbersome and restrictive,
so it's gone!
We now have a lean
and clean CSS menu at the top of
every page, with categories for everything
you might want to find in an issue
of Knitty. Even things you might
have had to hunt for in the past
you'll now find with a simple click.
The navigation typeface has been
simplified and enlarged [I hear the
cheering already!]. Best of all,
the menu works brilliantly on iPhones
and netbooks. This makes my geek
soul very happy.
You'll get very familiar with the
first button on the left of the
new menu: that's where you'll find
every section of the current issue
of Knitty. And there's now a search box in the header
on every page, so you don't have
to go clicking elsewhere to find
something. Just type and go!
You've always been able to access back issues
of Knitty through the Archive button.
We decided that it needed a new name
to better reflect what's in there,
so it's now called the Library. You can still
find every category of knitting project
or article as well as the covers
of every issue so you can browse
leisurely if you wish. And yes, we're
planning a big Library redesign in
the near future. Stay tuned!
This redesign involves a huge amount of brand-new
back-end code that you'll never see.
It's possible something might need
a little tweaking, so if you find
something broken, we'd love it if
you'd send us a little note about
what you've found. We'll work to get it
sorted out as quickly as we can.
Just write me with
the details, and please include the
operating system your computer uses
[Mac or PC] and the browser and version
[i.e. Firefox v3.5.2] you
read Knitty with. This tech stuff
helps us immensely.
So there you go. A big, shiny new Knitty for
you to share and enjoy. Please feel
free to click all the buttons and
poke about in our drawers. We'd like
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Amy R Singer [editor, Knitty]
the yarn for one of the projects
in this issue of Knitty or
a great bag to put it in!
For fall 2009, we have two great
generously offered to give one
lucky knitter the yarn to complete
the beautiful Tanis
hats. Shimmer and
a little bling! Winner: Lisa (joined
list Sept 5, 2007)
Designs makes gorgeous
bags by hand from vintage-style
fabrics, built to last. This
issue, you could win the awesome
Suzannah bag shown on our Cool
Stuff page. Winner: Julie (joined
list Oct 5, 2005)
To be eligible
to win either prize, simply join
the Knitty reader mailing list
using the form below! If you're
already on the mailing list,
you're automatically entered! Knitty
list members can be assured their
e-mail addresses are never shared,
given or sold to anyone, period.
One lucky list member, chosen
by a random number generator,
will win each prize! The first
name drawn will win the Artyarns
kit (approximate value of prize:
$60); the second name drawn
will win the Offhand Designs
bag (approximate value of prize:
Winners must answer a skill-testing
question in order to receive
prize. Winners' names are
entries were fabulous this year,
and choosing the winners was
harder than ever! I hope you'll
join me in congratulating our
Fall is the great nesting time for
spinners. We visit the last big
fiber shows like Rhinebeck and Taos, buying, buying and storing
away our fiber like a squirrel stores her nuts.
A lot of guilds, mine included, have
big fall sales. For the first time,
in selling, revisiting some of those
fibers from past shows repurposing them into new batts.
Making batts sent me to my fiber
stash with unexpected results. I
had squirreled away a lot of lovely
fibers, but it was the stories and
memories I had stored away that made
me smile the
most – standing
in line for the Rhinebeck rush, a
batt bought from a fiber artist no
longer selling, several "me too, I’m
a lemming" bumps. Lots of memories,
lots of warmth that I’ve squirreled away for
the winter to come..
So when you’re collecting new stash
at shows, sales and shops, know it’s not just the fiber
If you have an idea for a project or article
for Knittyspin write me.
Knittyspin submission guidelines
If you have fiber,
spindles, books, or other spinny
products or tools that you'd like
us to review, you'll find information
how how to get your products in to
the hands of our reviewers here.
I love to talk about it all.
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