Winter is a dreaming season, when we all hibernate a little, cozied together in the chilly months. We let our minds wander over our needles, anticipating the finished project, planning for the next. Knitting itself is often as much about fantasy as it is about stitches. Knitting (and wearing) the perfect sweater can be transporting: we walk taller, we own the world, we dream bigger dreams.

For this winter issue, we started with three promising settings: a velvet-curtained drawing room, a far-flung island, and a modern city market. We trusted that knitters would imagine themselves for a moment looking out to sea, waiting for the next grape to be peeled, or landing that airy corner office. We hope you find something here to fuel your winter reveries and fire your stitches while the winds blow wild outside. Knitting a fantasy can keep you warm in more ways than one. Sweet Dreams!

Kate, Mary, Irene, Julia