Note From the Editor

Knitting is one of those portable kinds of passions. It goes with you everywhere, and it has the amazing ability to instantly put a smile on your face the moment you cast on.

Learning new stitches and being inspired are what keeps us engaged, but there's something to be said about the simple act of picking up our needles and experiencing the yarn as it glides through our fingers.

We witness something a little magical when we connect to the rhythmic motion of our hands while we knit, along with the tactile connection of yarn on our needles. This is what keeps us engaged for hours on end.

Those are the magical moments I personally want more of.

It's also comforting to know that there's a little treasure waiting inside our knitting bag even on those days when you don't find the time to knit. It's just nice to know that it's there . . . waiting.

So just for today, put those "should dos" aside, pick up your needles, and knit for the sake of it. The projects on the following pages will give you good reason to do just that. You'll soothe that itch for nothing but knits and purls without the extra fuss.

Do what you love first. The rest can wait for just a little while. *Go within, reflect, knit; rep from *
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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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