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Behind the Curtain: Spring Project Board
As we count down to the summer issue in . . . oh my, less than two weeks! I thought you'd like to take another look at the Spring issue in the same that way we do for most of our production schedule: as a "project" board. Master of photoshop, Kate assembles this right after we accept projects and assign the yarn to the designers. This puts all the projects into one place, and serves as a way for us to think about clothes for the models, and the feeling we want to capture for each photo story.
We take a lot into consideration when we line up an issue, trying as we do to offer sweaters for different aptitudes: texture, color work, wardrobe pieces, and sheer gorgeousness we think just has to be seen. Once the four of us have discussed and agreed on the projects, we talk about yarn and color, whose yarn we want to include in the issue, and the expense of the yarn involved. After much gnashing of teeth and changing of minds, somehow it all falls into place. It's both the most fun and most challenging part of putting together an issue, and now that the winter submissions are coming in this week, I can't wait to do it all again.
Sneak Peek at Twist for Summer
Two weeks ago on the first of May, newsletter subscribers were invited to take a look at a preview for the upcoming summer issue. (If you aren't a newsletter subscriber yet, you can get on the list by filling out your email in the sidebar on the left. We only send newsletters out once a month, or when it's really newsworthy. We promise)
Now that the preview page has been running for a couple of weeks, we're happy to let you in on it too. Bookmark the page and check everyday for a new peek at what's to come for our summer issue. It's super fun, packed with great summer knits, and has a couple of surprises we're really excited about. Just you wait!
NHS&W New and Notables
While at the New Hampshire Sheep and Wool, I saw a few lovely little things I thought you'd like to know about.
One: Silversmith and Friend to Fiber Artists (an unofficial title), Leslie Wind, has just created silver and bronze darning needles in three sizes. They are lovely to behold, and quickly inspire a mental flipping of the WIP file for a sweater in need of finishing. These, the small size, are about 3 inches long. Here's Leslie's site for more information.
Two: these baskets from The Children's Initiative, a non-profit that supports health care in developing countries. Made in Vietnam, the sale of these baskets supports the organization's good works. Their value to knitters is, I think, immediately obvious. I saw people leaving with multiples.
Three: a new book, Fiber Gathering, by Joanne Seiff, has been enjoying attention on a virtual blog tour recently, and Joanne was at the festival on Sunday to sign copies and answer questions. The book is a loving tribute to why we wool lovers gather, explains with enthusiastic prose and beautiful photographs the merits of each of the major regional festivals, offers a primer on some aspects of wool love that are the province of fiber festivals (such as fleece skirting and washing), and has 25 projects to get your needles going. Check it out, and catch festival fever.
New Hampshire Sheep and Wool
Julia here. I made it to New Hampshire Sheep and Wool this past weekend, and saw some lovely things.
Drop spindlers devoted to vivid color
Temptations not limited to the fiber variety
Alison in a new sweater design she just published, called Rapunzel.
Tribal badges and
familiar faces. (Claudia never makes it to New Hampshire because she's usually in recovery from Maryland, but this year, we got to see her instead!)
It was a lovely day, too hot for big wool sweaters, but perfect for enjoying the company of fellow knitters and considering yarn purchases. Barb Parry was celebrating her new book, Teach Yourself Visually Hand Dyeing which I heartily recommend if you are at all interested in the subject. I hope to post a more explicit review of the book when I am finished giving it the once over, but like Deb Menz's inspirational book, Color in Spinning, I may never be done with it.
Thanks to everyone who said hi and grabbed a Twist Collective button from me. It was a fun day.
Props from Vogue Knitting
The new issue of Vogue Knitting is on the newsstands, and lo, there we are in boldface on page 20 in the "Made in Canada" column by Lee Ann Balazuc, represented by a photograph of Angela Hahn's beautiful Primrose Path sweater. We are delighted to be recognized by the big guys, so thanks to Lee Ann and the VK folks for the nod.