Planning the Spring issue is usually an exercise in escapism. Most years we’re blanketed in snow or slogging through slush as we sort through submissions and plan our photography—and all those lacy stitches and light and lovely yarns get us thinking about warmer days.

This year there wasn’t much need to escape. We were packing up the snow boots and pulling out the shorts, weeks before this issue went live, and we’re thrilled that we (and you) won’t have to wait for warmer weather to wear the designs in this issue—it’s already here. My advice is that you get stitching right away so you don’t miss a minute of this beautiful season.