Winter is so special to knitters that many of us never stop planning for it. Since you may indeed find yourself visiting us even in summer, dreaming of coats and cowls while the rest of your friends are thinking shells and lace, it was important that what we offered here would inspire you well after the leaves had returned.

Meanwhile, we haven't forgotten that it is not cold everywhere in the world, so look for a few sweaters in this issue that knit in lighter blends would also be suitable for warmer climates. We chose these designs for many reasons, but all of them are the kind of beautiful and practical projects that make knitting exciting and vital to our lives.

We hope you enjoy what we have to share with you. Thanks for stopping by.

Kate, Mary, Irene, and Julia