Note From the Editor

New year, new stitches! This issue hits the newsstand the first week of January, which is the perfect time to make a resolution to learn something new.

Now that 2015 has begun, it's time to make a list of your hopes and dreams for the year ahead. Maybe you'll finally make that garment you've been dreaming of.

It's never too early to think about the upcoming spring months, and that's why we're always one step ahead, with offerings that you can begin now for a quick-knit home makeover. Turn to page 48 for Big Stitches, Little Time for projects you'll love.

As knitters, we are given the built-in gift of creating something lovely and useful from nothing but some yarn, knitting needles and our own two hands. What better gift is there than that? Let 2015 be the year that you show gratitude for this passion by giving back. Turn to page 11 for our featured charity, or visit CreativeKnittingMagazine.com and click on Charity Giving.

To celebrate paying it forward, we decided to bring digital to print by featuring the wildly popular online knitalong -- Learn a Stitch, Share the Love -- which is a stitch block series packed with tutorials and blog articles that show you how to apply new stitches to washcloth patterns. The best part of all is that you get to chime in with other knitters, ask questions and make friends!

Let's make this a year of learning, growing and giving back!
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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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