Note From the Editor

I took a walk in the woods and
came out taller than the trees.

-Henry David Thoreau

Each October I venture off on retreat to upstate New York in order to enjoy the early autumn foliage, which is always a breathtaking sight. Last fall, I remember the colors were predominantly a striking color of red. As I walked through the woodland paths, I was captivated by the vibrant colors of nature -- a crimson leaf, the chocolate brown bark on a tree and the mossy green earth that excited and filled my senses.

We may be anxious for fall to arrive, but we've got a few warm months ahead of us yet. In the meantime, why not explore yarns that offer flexible options to carry us from summer to fall? Take a look at cotton, wool and linen blends, which are great go-to choices for year-round knitting.

In Sweaters That Span the Seasons, you'll discover projects that provide practical layering options. Outer Banks is an easygoing tank with an interesting touch of construction; it's perfect for the remainder of summer. Then, as we finally ease into autumn, layering makes the transition effortless just in time to start creating your first woodland-inspired creation.

The sweaters in Woodland Walk will remind you of those long, meandering jaunts through the woods that you so anxiously await in the coming season. This colorful path is strewn with stitches in earthy hues of color-blocking stripes, traditional cables and stranded colorwork.

In this autumn issue we're continuing on with the Learn a Stitch, Share the Love knitalong first featured in the spring 2015 issue. Designer Beth Whiteside shows you how to master the addicting technique of working from the center out while you practice on four coaster patterns, which you can supersize to make a lapghan or afghan. Turn to page 79 to learn more!

Meet you on the woodland path.

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Kara Gott Warner
Executive Editor, Creative Knitting magazine

Arts in Illustration. As a freelance illustrator, she specialized in technical illustrations for knitting, crochet and other craft books for major publishers. In 2002, Kara began designing patterns for her independent collection of knitting patterns, sold under the igottknits label. Her patterns are sold exclusively on Annie's and e-PatternsCentral.

Kara first learned how to knit at age 12 from her grandmother, but not until her early adult life did she come back to the craft with reckless abandon. When Kara rediscovered knitting, she used it as a much-needed escape from her hectic life working as a designer in New York City. She quickly fell in love with knitting, and her needles haven't stopped clicking since. As editor, Kara first joined Annie's in 2007 as a freelance editor and produced a variety of hardcover knitting books. In June 2010, Kara joined the Annie's family full-time, as executive editor of Creative Knitting magazine and knit publications.

Kara's knitwear designs have been published in Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and Family Circle Easy Knitting. She is also the author of The Divine Drop Stitch.

You can follow Kara on her blogging adventures at SplendidSticks.

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