| photo: Lise
Come on, baby --
show me the crocuses!
I love winter and snow.
I can't wait for spring to come.
Both of these statements are true. As much
as I'm going to hate shedding my
handknit layers, I'm going to love
Yes, my husband finds that I am a human contradiction,
But I think you know what I mean. The sacrifice
of the winter knitwear to the cupboard
until fall is a little melancholy,
but then you see the blue sky, feel the
sun on your skin and a warm breeze
and everything is okay.
If you look closely at my problem, it seems
it's all about one thing: I have
almost no transitional knitwear.
No lightweight handknit cardigans.
No [okay, one] handknit vests for layering.
Hmm. Maybe I should get browsing in
that magazine of mine and see what needs to be on my needles
No matter what the state of your closet, we've
got a little something in almost
every category, and all of it is
designed to help you get from the
cold to the warm without having to
forego the handknits.
We've done some load testing and experimentation
since our winter issue went live [the first on our brand-new
server] and once again, extremities remain crossed for this
launch. If you were unable to get to us the moment we went
live this time, know that we'll continue to tweak our server
until it behaves the way we want it to.
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Amy R Singer
This issue, we're pleased to
add contests in the array
you can find in the
world of Knitty.
a new contest every issue...sometimes
the yarn for one of the projects
in this issue of Knitty!
For Spring 2009, The
Schaefer Yarn Company has
kindly agreed to give one lucky
knitter enough yarn to complete
the beautiful Reverie
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be our next winner!
This issue's lucky winner is
shown below. Congratulations,
Effika! We'll contact you by
e-mail to arrange your prize
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One lucky respondent,
chosen by random number generator,
will win a $250 gift certificate
to use at Lexie
is now over. Thank you to everyone
who responded and congratulations
to our winner!
This issue's lucky winner
is shown below. Congratulations,
Rhiannon! We'll contact you
by e-mail to arrange your prize!
Amy R Singer
Here comes spring!
Even if you still
have snow on the ground like I
do, something in the air has shifted. I’m getting
out of the house more, blinking like a mole at all of the people
and bright shiny colors. It’s time for the new and the
big spring clear out.
I started a new little spinning group
in my neighborhood, once a week,
for as long as it lasts. Everyone
is hit by the economy in the US,
one way or another, and between that
and the winter, it’s easy to get down. Our group is spending
what we have -- time -- and sharing
what we know. We’re trading
fiber, splitting fiber buys and planning
spinning and knitting projects together.
We help each other figure ways to
manage the once in a longtime need,
I traded a wheel with someone;
another couple of us have dream wheels
on layaway. But mostly we’re out
together, laughing over the hum of
our wheels and the clicks of our
good. It’s spring.
In response to feedback from new and
newish spinners for more basic
spinning information, we’ve
started a new column. Spinning
Glossary, in the amazing hands
and brain of Lee Juvan. Lee takes
a spinning term or topic and gives
a brief overview, great information
for newer spinners or spinners
who want a reminder. Lee's first
topic is Ratios.
Also Amy learns about spinning coffee
If you have an idea for a project or article
for Knittyspin write me . If you have fiber, spindles, books,
or other spinny products or tools
that you'd like us to review, write me for
submission information. I love to
talk about it all.
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