Knit Edge issue 6 is here!

Issue 6 of Knit Edge magazine, with Jill Wright's Herringbone Hoodie on the cover

Issue 6 of Knit Edge magazine, with Jill Wright’s Herringbone Hoodie on the cover

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For subscription renewals, Recurly is your friend

Just a quick FYI for Knit Edge subscribers! This is a busy week for subscription renewals because it’s the first week KE subscriptions went on sale 2 years ago.

If you get an email prompting you to update your account or your credit card information saying it’s from us, but the links inside the mail include the word ‘RECURLY’

Update Your Billing Info →

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When digital just won’t do

You know the one. Your friend who didn’t get touch-tone phone dialing til 2007, and who’s still complaining about getting a cell phone, let alone an iPhone. You want to share the joy of Knit Edge with her, but digital is a no-go.

We’ve got you covered.

Starting today, print copies will be available via Magcloud. CLICK HERE to see all the issues, or click below to preview issue five.

It’s less expensive to subscribe but at least this way the pro-print people can get what they want, too!

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Issue 6 Sneak Peek

We’re putting the finishing touches on issue 6 of Knit Edge magazine – want a peek at what’s inside?

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In issue 6, you’ll find knit and crochet patterns for Autumn/Winter weather (it’s a good time to plan ahead – or if you are in the Southern hemisphere, to get started on right now!), a new column on teaching knitting, a short story by Brandy Schillace (author of the Jacob Maresbeth Chronicles), book giveaways, and much, much more.

Issue 5 Preview

Would you like to take a closer look at what’s in issue #5 of Knit Edge? Now you can download a sample PDF of the cover, table of contents, and photos of the patterns! Knit-Edge-5.PROMO

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Like what you see? Issue 5 is available as a PDF via Ravelry or the Cooperative Press Shop.

 

Yarn substitution for Gyre and Gimble

It happens! A color gets discontinued, another one takes its place… Kate from Dragonfly Fibers wrote to let us know that the color way used in Gyre and Gimble last issue is no longer available. She’s recommending Golden Pear as a substitution, though we also like the gorgeous Whale Line. FYI!

Issue five is here!

Good things come to those that wait… and in this case, you’ve got issue five to enjoy as of today, subscribers! Check your inboxes for the download code.

New subscriber offer!

Get $3 off your new annual subscription to Knit Edge with code mar2014 — enter it in the coupon code field when you subscribe here.

Lotus Yarn – Things We Love Giveaway

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This review appears in issue 5 of Knit Edge magazine. Designing Vashti provided the yarn for review and for this giveaway.

Vashti Braha and Doris Chan, the dream team behind Designing Vashti, have created a dream yarn: Lotus. If you read Vashti’s newsletter and blog, you know she puts a lot of thought into how a yarn works with a particular stitch and in a particular project. Lotus is a machine-washable, z-twisted sport weight blend of cotton and rayon, currently available in 14 colors (neutrals, strong pastels, and deep jewel tones). The rayon strands lend a shiny gleam to the matte cotton, for a rich color effect best seen in person.

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When I saw the photos and read Vashti’s explanation of how the yarn had been designed, my fingers were already twitching with eagerness to start crocheting with it immediately. Vashti sent me three balls of yarn so there would be enough to do a giveaway with, and when I opened the box, I’ll admit that I briefly considered keeping two balls and giving away only one. You’ll be happy to know that I managed to keep my hands off the giveaway yarn, and you can enter for a chance to win right here! Leave a comment on this post, saying what you think you would make with this yarn, and a winner will be chosen with a random number generator on March 31, 2014. This is open to international readers too! [NOTE: Giveaway is now closed - thank you to all who entered!]

The one concern I had while looking at it was that the plies looked loose enough to be splitty while crocheting, and I kept that in mind when I selected hooks to swatch with (aluminum Boye, aluminum Bates, and wood/bamboo hooks in the recommended hook sizes F/3.75mm and G/4.5mm). The verdict? This just may be the yarn you didn’t know you were looking for, especially if you make garments. It’s a pleasure to crochet with, sliding smoothly over your hands and hook, and is wonderful for making next-to-the-skin soft projects. It has just enough body to hold lace stitches clearly while being soft enough to drape beautifully. For crocheted scarves, shawls, tunics, and skirts, this is a winner. Aluminum hooks worked just fine for my swatching, but the yarn is on the slippery side, so you may prefer the grip of a wood or bamboo hook, as long as the inside of the hook is very smoothly sanded (I had a minor problem with a handmade wooden hook that caught and snagged a bit, fixed by sanding it with a nail file). Although Lotus is a yarn designed by a crocheter for crocheters, you can of course knit and weave with this too. On US 6 birch needles, Lotus moved smoothly and produced a stockinette fabric with nice stitch definition.

You can buy Lotus online on the Designing Vashti website, and they are offering a color sample pack (all 14 colors, 45” of each) and a color sample kit (includes a pattern set to make small jewelry charms) in addition to pre-wound balls of Lotus Yarn and patterns that work well with it.

For more information, you can read the Designing Vashti newsletter about Lotus Yarn, and visit the Designing Vashti Pinterest Board for Lotus Yarn for lots of photos and links to projects.

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In the Loop: Book Review

A shorter version of this review was published in issue #4 of Knit Edge – here on the blog, MK Carroll tells you a little more about why In the Loop is on her bookshelf.

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In the Loop: Knitting Now

In the Loop: Knitting Now
Jessica Hemmings (ed.)
Black Dog Publishing
2010

While I browsed the shelves at Powell’s Books, a copy of In the Loop nearly fell off the shelf into my hands. Less than a minute later, it was in my “to buy” stack – this was a book I didn’t know I was looking for.

An eclectic collection of diverse perspectives including academics, artists, and historians, In the Loop is fun to just flip through as well as to sit down and read deeply. There’s an essay on contemporary knit lit by Jo Turney, photo essays including Jeanette Sendler’s Finding Your Way Home and Deirdre Nelson’s Quiet Activism (both of which have modern takes on traditional Shetland knitting), and Annie Shaw’s Looking Backwards to Knit Forwards, a response to the history of ganseys via machine knitting, and much more. Accessible and approachable, you don’t need to be an academic to be able to enjoy In the Loop. Although the book is organized so that you can do a start-to-finish read coherently, what I enjoyed was flipping back and forth through the book, looking at the different projects, and then reading the text as it caught my fancy. This will stay on my bookshelf for a while, as I think it holds up well to being revisited.

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