A Note From the Editor
I'm often asked if I still knit regularly, or if my "day job" uses up all of that creative energy. I'm happy to report that this is far from the case. I knit what I want, when I want -- no pressure, no deadlines! As editor, that's a totally different story. My work week is all about meeting editorial demands. When I switch gears and find some "me" time, that's when I reach for my knitting. The act of knitting has always been a safe haven and an outlet for creative expression, which keeps my passion for knitting alive.
When it comes to adding projects to my unruly wish list, I often choose from the pages of Creative Knitting. I'm a big fan of seamless knitting, and when autumn approaches, I start itching to plan my next circular creation. I'm not a big fan of sewing seams, and I enjoy the rhythmic nature that's unique to seamless knitting. If this is your cup of tea too, then Think Out of the Tube is a chapter worth exploring.
Evergreen Dream is a pullover and hat ensemble made with lightweight merino wool. With airy lace patterning, this set will keep you cool on an unexpectedly warmer-than-usual day. However, when a chilly day sneaks in there, layer it up with a long-sleeve tee beneath.
In the spirit of celebrating the circular needle, this issue explores the many ways to use them. Forget the Straight Needles presents a collection of projects made back and forth that suggests using a circular needle for ease and comfort. No-Sew Knit & Go consists of designs that require no sewing other than weaving in a few exposed yarns. Last but certainly not least, explore your knitting From a New Perspective with cardigans, capelets and even socks made from side to side.
Say bye-bye to your straight needles -- for just a while -- and let's start on a memorable knitting adventure together!
Kara Gott Warner
Executive Editor, Creative Knitting magazine
Kara is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and holds a Bachelor of Fine 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.