A Note From the Editor
I find that when I rise early, my mind is clear and open, unlike any other time during the day. A wise friend once suggested that I take advantage of this time before all the "other stuff" gets in there. Once the "I should's" and "to do's" start swimming around in my brain, it's hard to find this degree of mindfulness later in the day.
When my alarm goes off at precisely 5 a.m., the thought that gets me out of bed is the smell and taste of that first cup of coffee as I settle into a cushy spot on the couch. Indulging in this morning gift makes me gush with the feeling of gratitude and the promise of a new day.
I use my morning as a launch pad to discover new ideas. It's often spent writing, knitting and reflecting. When I construct a new editorial letter for each issue of Creative Knitting, my intention is to encourage and excite others to keep learning and discovering, which are all the things I desire myself as a knitter. I often write about cultivating confidence, not to fret if things don't always work out. The trick is to relax and let go and give yourself permission to take chances. I'm a believer that the next step will always reveal itself at the proper time.
Maybe it's time to move beyond the scarf and make this season a time to take on some new challenges. Have you found your knitting "edge"? In other words, have you explored that place where you've gone just a little further than you did before? Now more than ever, we have so many knitting resources available. If you're stuck on a stitch pattern, you're just a few keystrokes away from AnniesCatalog.com, where you can click on our new Stitch Guide filled with step-by-step stitch patterns and videos.
So tell me, what gets your day going? Do you exercise first thing, or do you like to spend time knitting, reading or reflecting? What's your morning star?
Kara Gott Warner
Executive Editor, Creative Knitting magazine
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.