Posts Tagged ‘Knitting’

And here comes number nine…

November 28, 2008

Where things happen

Coffee. A Mac. A friendly rabbit. Everything you need to push through a deadline (well, the rabbit has gone home now, but thanks to his starring role in sister mag SEW Hip, his presence remains strong in the office). Yes, Yarn Forward 8 is still fresh on the shelves, but issue 9 is just now going through the final polishing process before we send it to the printers at the beginning of next week. There is so, so much exciting stuff in this one that I’d like to tell you everything now… but you’ll just have to wait and see, patient readers. Working with Shannon has brought a great sense of energy and direction to a magazine that was feeling pretty energetic and well-directed to begin with. We’ve got contributions of some of my absolute favourite designers, including Anna Bell (the sumptuous cardigan coat on the back of issue 8? That’s Anna’s), and what I think is the best selection of features we’ve brought together so far – so I’m really looking forward to hearing what you think of this one.

Woolly Thoughts

November 22, 2008

All of a sudden it has got all very wintery in Yarn Forward land, and sensible pre-Christmas ideas of getting on with the present knitting have been jettisoned in favour of a sweater in some rib-warming aran wool. Nothing like something cosy and sheepy to snuggle on your lap on a chilly evening. So, what are your favourite cold-weather knits?

Tippet

Although when I do return to the present knitting, one of the first things I’ll be whipping up is the beautiful little tippet from the latest Yarn Forward: sweet, speedy, very wearable, and (vital, this bit) it will definitely keep the recipient warm of neck in frosty January. Check out the vintage mother-of-pearl buttons, too: a star find in editor Lou’s big tin of fastenings, co-ordinating perfectly with the delicately shaded yarn from The Old Piggery.

Sarah

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It’s here!

November 14, 2008

That gentle thwack you’ve been hearing all around the UK and in discerning areas throughout the world? That’s the sound of the latest Yarn Forward hitting the doormats of the knitticenti everywhere.

It's here!

It’s been great to see this one come back from the printers, and really exciting to hear the comments of readers getting their first taste of issue 8. With every issue, we try to make the best knitting magazine we can, and we’re very proud of this one. The cover pattern (by the delightful and talented Claire Montgomerie) is as beautiful in the yarn as it looks on the page: anyone else thinking that a beautifully patterned and stylishly coloured piece of Fair Isle is exactly what they need to keep the chill wind out of their ribs?

There’s more Fair Isle from Yarn Forward fave Liz Lovick. Our colourwork expert offers a frankly gorgeous pattern for a cushion which would make a splendid introduction to standed techniques for anyone spurred on by the informative and entertain article she’s written on the history and practice of the Fair Isle technique. Or if you’re looking for a speedy project, check out the nifty cabled hats that feature on the cover. Bright, lightweight and lovely to look at, they’ll do a champion job of warming your ears as the frosts encroach.

Little things are just what you need with Christmas coming up. Maile Mauch has a sparkling selection of knitty notions that you can make by hand with just a few simple jewellery making techniques. The perfect introduction to a new craft, and you can polish off a few items on the present list while you’re at it.

Perhaps the most fun in this issue (and partly because I got to do it) is the interview with Nicky Epstein. If you’re charmed by her books and her delightful patterns, you really should meet the lady herself: she’s as entertaining and gorgeous as the projects she makes, and in the interview she projects so much of her inspiring attitude to the craft of knitting.

We’ll give you more previews and sneaky peaks in the coming weeks! Right now, we’re deep into preparations for issue 9, but we’re still dying to hear what you think of the new one. Let us know in a comment, by dropping us an email, or leave a comment on the Ravelry group. The more you tell us, the closer we can get to being the magazine we want to be!

Sarah

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It was a good day…

September 6, 2008

I Knit Day, that is. Kerrie, Lou and I knew that we had some wonderful things to bring to the show. There was the news about the magazine going 10 issues a year and being available in Tesco, WH Smith’s and Borders (amongst others) from October 6th. There was a sneaky peak at Sew Hip magazine, launching in October. There were samples for issue 7 – including wonderful exclusive pieces by Martin Storey and Liz Lovick. There were friends to see, new people to meet, and knitting treats to enjoy.

We caught up with a few stars of the knitting world: Mazzmatazz (of the Guardian knitting supplement), Just Call Me Ruby, Erika Knight, and the wonderful Yarn Harlot (she signed our book, you know)…

We met Ingrid Wagner, who was there with her sensational Big Knit project in support of Breakthrough Breast Cancer

My friend Jess helped me to make a stitch with the giant needles…

After that, we were quite tired, so we had to have a little rest.

We met these lovely models, wearing samples from the vintage knitting book A Stitch In Time, by Jane Waller and Susan Crawford – shortly to be reissued…

And Lou had a special moment with a wooden sheep…

If you were there, then you know what a fabulous day it was. Thanks to all our readers, old and new alike, who visited the stall to say hello. We’re looking forward to doing it all again for the Ally Pally show!