Kara Gott Warner is the editor of Creative Knitting magazine. She's also a mom and a lover of anything having to do with two crazy sticks and some fabulous yarn. On this blog, Kara will share tips, tutorials, book reviews, contests and in-depth designer interviews, all dedicated to the craft of knitting.
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June 20, 2014
Get ready, get set, it’s the weekend!
On this edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I’m excited to announce that the digital version of the 2014 autumn issue of Creative Knitting magazine is now available online. You can view highlights from the current issue here.
If you’re a subscriber, you’re probably holding a copy in your hands as you read this, and for those of you who are newsstand goers, you’ll see the new issue appear the second week of July.
Creative Knitting magazine, autumn 2014
The very first issue of Knitting World, December, 1978 and the premier issue of Creative Knitting, September, 2004
It was just a decade ago that Creative Knitting began with a mission that knitting should be easy for everyone and today that legacy still continues!
This autumn issue marks the 10th anniversary of Creative Knitting magazine, and you’ll get the chance to take a trip back in time to see what it was like in the early days.
While I was planning this issue, I was reminded of my own knitting origins and back to the time when my passion started—to that little girl who was so curious by what Grandma was knitting. Little did my grandmother know that this was one of the greatest gifts she had given me, helping to pave the way for my exciting journey ahead.
When was your passion for knitting ignited?
We can all remember the first pivotal moment in our early knitting experience. Mine was at The Yarn Connection, a little shop that once existed on Madison Avenue, in New York City. I was holding a pair of #7 Susan Bates aluminum needles and knitting with off-white worsted-weight wool. I can’t recall the brand of yarn, but I do remember the tiny swatch I was making, which consisted of only 12 stitches, so that I could get the hang of knitting a few rows. Then, on that very same swatch, I learned how to purl. It was a brisk autumn evening many years ago, and it was the spark that started it all.
When did you first discover your passion for knitting?
Do you have a special story about how you first discovered knitting and how it became a passion?
I’d love to hear from you! Add your comments to this post or contact me at: Editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com. Your story may appear on the pages of Creative Knitting or this blog.
June 13, 2014
Get ready, get set, it’s the weekend!
It’s going to be another gorgeous June weekend. With that being said, do you find it hard to find time to knit with so many activities going on? Do you wish you had more options to make your “passion portable?”
Guess what, you’re in luck, because today I’m sharing tips for how to make this happen!
Follow these 3 tips, and you’ll definitely make your knitting passion portable this weekend:
Tip #1 Always have a knitting bag ready to go with at least one project.
Tip #2 The project you take should consist of an easy-to-memorize stitch pattern so you’re not fixated on your pattern. If you do your friends will think you’re ant-social!
Tip #3 Choose a one, or minimal-skein project so your bag does not take up much space–the goal is to be a “stealth knitter,” so you can knit at a party or at the park– and one will even notice!
What steps will you take today to make your knitting passion portable?
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June 9, 2014
Most of the day yesterday, I was a pretty grumpy knitter, because I just couldn’t wrap my grain around a particular stitch pattern for a new design in progress for Creative Knitting magazine.
I’ve been totally frustrated, and have found myself feeling kind of frozen, not wanting to take that next step, because I’m just not finding the answers I need.
However, I know from experience that if I keep going like the quote below instructs, I will find the solution. The answer will come EXACTLY at the moment when I really need it.
I struggle because I want the answer I seek now, but I’m not ready to receive it. I guess this means I still have some learning to do before it appears!
Just take the first step!
When it does appear, I will have proof that continuing on the path really does pay off. The answers will not always be revealed right at the time we want them to, but instead when we need them. Remembering experiences like these are the fuel for the fire for those times when future struggles surface…and they always will!
What are the things you’re struggling with that you wishing you had answers for right now? Are you a believer that that if you keep plugging along, the answers will come? Or, do you have a hard time accepting this idea?
June 6, 2014
Creative Knitting Video: One Stitch Pattern, Unlimited Options
If you haven’t had a chance to check out my latest how-to video, this is your last chance, because next week, the Autumn 2014 digital issue goes live on CreativeKnittingMagazine.com.
In the video below, I show you a clever bias openwork technique that you can use in a multitude of ways simply by changing needle size and yarn weights. Learn to be an adventurous knitter!
On the plate for next week, the online edition of the Autumn 2014 issue goes live, along with a comprehensive video, which includes a special tutorial for how to make the gorgeous Chock wrap/neckerchief, designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco.
Chock, designed by Norah Gaughan for Berroco
This is my little gift to you, so don’t miss it! I will share more details soon about the upcoming knitalong, and how you can take part on the Berroco Lover’s Ravelry group, so save the date!
The Best of the Blog: Learn a Stitch, Share the Love Stitch Block Series
Just in time for the weekend, here’s a re-run of my popular series: Learn a Stitch, Share the Love knitalong that I tag-teamed on with Tabetha Hedrick, the Creative Knitting online newsletter editor.
These washcloths are perfect for 3 good reasons:
- They are portable– pretty cool to take your passion with you everywhere you go, huh?
- Spend next to nothing or zero $$– dive into your stash, or purchase just one ball of yarn and go to town this weekend whipping out a bunch of these babies!
- No-brainer gifts– who wouldn’t love a colorful, handmade washcloth from you?
I’ve stated my case, now go get the first pattern here, then go here to read my first post in this four-part series, which was part of a popular knitalong that you can join at any time.
The weather will be gorgeous in most parts of the country this weekend, so get prepared so you can knit wherever your travels take you. Aren’t we so lucky to have a portable passion!
What’s on Kara’s Needles: It’s a Mystery!
Each week, I try to keep you up-to-date with what’s on my needles, but this week, it’s about what is “about” to be on my needles. I’m knee-deep in designing some new patterns for upcoming issues of Creative Knitting, and I’m really anxious to do something with the “Mystery Yarn” below. I will unveil what this gorgeous handpaint yarn is when the Spring 2014 issue goes live later this year. For now, I’ll keep you in suspense with a little bit of eye candy:
Mystery Yarn: Isn’t it so pretty?
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June 2, 2014
As I was searching for some inspiration to share with you on this Monday morning, I came across this quote that gives me comfort for when tough moments strike:
“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”
This quote reminds me that during the toughest times, I will learn the most and if I make it out from under the ashes, I’ll gain just a little more wisdom because it’s during these times we are learning the most about ourselves. Our struggles are our biggest teachers.
It’s so hard to get that when you’re in the midst of dealing with a challenge. This we can of course relate to in any area of our life, but in regards to our knitting endeavors, we can also experience this throughout our learning journey.
Speaking of challenges, I’m currently dealing with one myself which has left me frazzled and frustrated for the past week.
I thought it would be fun to design a new accessory pattern for an upcoming issue of Creative Knitting, and I decided to integrate the Feather & Fan stitch pattern into my design. It’s an easy stitch pattern and it’s very popular, so why not?
I thought it would be easy to just “whip up” the idea I have in mind, but the way I want to construct the design is throwing me for a loop. I just can’t seem to wrap my brain around how to make it work.
Trying so hard to make this stitch pattern work! If it doesn’t flow, let it go!
I’ve already spent a few nights squirming and anxiously trying to figure this out and right now, I decided the best thing is to move on to something else and come back to this with fresh eyes with this wonderful little quote in mind:
“Life is like a Polaroid picture; eventually everything comes to light.”
There’s always tomorrow!