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The new blog!

December 2, 2008

As promised, I’m letting you all know that the YF blog is moving. See here for details.

From now on, you’ll find the blog at:



Deadline day!

December 1, 2008

As Sarah mentioned in her previous posting, we are just finishing up the lovely issue #9. This has been a week of many deadlines, actually — an online knitting challenge I founded a few years ago called NaKniSweMo (National Knit a Sweater Month) ended yesterday. Originally designed as a companion to the even-crazier challenge called NaNoWriMo, in which you attempt to write a 50,000-word novel in a month, I have to say the knitting is easier than the writing! You saw a preview of this sweater on the 17th of November…turned out nicely, eh?

It’s called Rivulet and it will soon be for sale on Ravelry and elsewhere.

Speaking of websites…as soon as I do final checks on this issue of YF, we’re turning our attention to the complete overhaul of the Yarn Forward website. You can expect easier to find errata, a new way to submit problems you are having with patterns and lots more. We’re also planning to transition the blog to the actual domain, copying over all the old posts and comments, but we will make sure to leave you a note here when that happens!

The perfect shirt for issue deadline days

November 24, 2008

Remember the iconic “Keep Calm and Carry On” posters from WWII? (Now available as t-shirts, tea towels and just about everything else you can imagine!)

Well, I’ve got just the t-shirt for those days when we’re closing an issue of Yarn Forward:


I’m only half-kidding, of course. It was all I could do to not order multiples. There’s lots of exciting news about forthcoming issues which I can’t share quite yet, but let’s put it this way — some of the designers on board will have you jumping for joy!

Hello from the new editor!

November 17, 2008

What’s on my needles right now…a new sweater design! it’s blurry because I’m knitting so fast — ha ha! I need a new photo, it’s almost done already…

Hello! I’m the new editor of Yarn Forward and in advance of my first print issue, thought I would take the time to say hello on the YF blog. We’ve already had a lovely discussion underway in the YF group on Ravelry (here), and I want to take this chance to let you all know that I really would like to have your feedback and constructive criticism about the magazine as we continue to grow.

You might already know me from my own blog, (here’s the post announcing my YF news!), or from my books — Knitgrrl, Knitgrrl 2, Spin to Knit, Felt Frenzy, Crochet Style, Just Socks, Just Gifts, AlterNation, How to Knit in the Woods, The Pillow Book and Alt Fiber. I also recently edited the second edition of Knitting For Dummies, though of course we know that knitters are anything but!

And yes, I do live in the US, but with modern technology being what it is, it’s actually working out beautifully so far — by the time I’m online in the morning, the other YF/KAL Media staffers have gotten through their inboxes and are ready to pass on anything I need to look at that day! There’s only a five hour time difference between the UK and where I live.

Obviously I knit, spin, felt, etc — but I also write quite a bit, and have been working on a new line of fiber arts books that hopefully will now come out next year some time. Right now I’m working on some new sweater patterns, and helping Kerrie with some redesign work on the Yarn Forward website, etc (any suggestions for what you’d like to see would also be appreciated there!) in addition to my editing duties. A big, big thank you is in order to Kerrie, Sarah, Lou and everyone else at KAL for making my first few weeks challenging but fun. (By ‘challenging,’ I of course mean “throwing me into the deep end of the pool right away).

So thanks to them, and thanks to you, because without the readers, where would we be? I look forward to bringing you new, exciting fibery fun in the pages of Yarn Forward in the months and years to come!