Note From the Editor

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity's sunrise.

—William Blake

As a former Floridian, it was so easy to take the seasons for granted. When the year-round attire is flip-flops and capris, it's easy to forget that the seasons actually change.

Now that I'm a Northerner once again, I look forward to the change of seasons. I appreciate them even more because I'm reminded of their fleeting qualities. When winter arrives,
I know the promise of spring is right around the corner.
I accept the two extremes -- from the hot and humid dog days of summer to the bitter subzero temps in the winter. I find contentment in this; with each new season begins a new chapter in which to reset, start again and "kiss the joy as it flies," as William Blake so eloquently reminds us.

Have you ever written a gratitude list? If not, I highly recommend it. It reminds us that we have everything we need . . . and then some.

I'll jump in and share just a few of the things that make my heart happy when I reflect on the gifts that summer brings:

• Running at dawn.
• Sand between my toes.
• Watching my garden grow.
• Witnessing the sunrise.
• Morning dew on the grass.
• Knitting on the beach for hours on end.

Your turn!

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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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