Note From the Editor

As I write this letter, it's a warm June day and winter seems so far off in the distant future. As you read these words, the chill of autumn will soon turn to winter. The foliage will fade to gray, and the green leafy landscape of summer and spring will pass away.

Our lives are much like the seasons -- we're born into the summer of our lives just like delicate morning dew droplets on the grass, which soon transforms to golden autumn and then quickly flows into the winter of our lives, when the vibrant colors of spring and fall have fallen away.

As I ponder how the seasons mimic life, I think of my grandmother, Agnes DiCoio, who passed away this past May. She was in the winter of her life, having lived to a month before her 95th birthday. She brought so many beautiful gifts into my life, including one that I hold most dear -- my passion for knitting.

My grandmother was an insatiable knitter and bought more patterns than she could make -- some were never opened, until I had the good fortune to do so!

Back in the 1950s and '60s, with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, you could buy knitting patterns, featured in newspapers like the New York Post and on the pages of mainstream magazines like Good Housekeeping.

In this wonderful treasure trove was a handful of hand-typed patterns from a yarn shop that once existed in Bronx, NY. The papers have darkened with age, and are tattered like ancient relics, but I hold them close to my heart. What a blessing to have these in my possession, along with multicolored vintage aluminum knitting needle bouquets that my "gram" passed down to me.

Each time I pick up my needles, I'll be forever reminded of the special legacy my grandmother has given, which has shaped my world in more ways than I could have ever dreamed possible.

Here's to you, Gram!

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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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