Darling Knitty readers, this post is a week late thanks to whatever horrific bug has been travelling around my home town, striking down innocent editors and chaining them to their beds. What would I have done without knitting and Netflix?
So we’re into the brand-new year. 2015. What will it bring? Not even the Amazing Kreskin knows. So instead, let’s look back at some of the highlights of 2014 from our perspective:
We began including crochet in Knitty, and the world didn’t end.
Crochet is our friend.
We continued to see designers innovate the construction of the humble sock with patterns like Carry on Solefully and String Theory…
Carry On Solefully by Betty Salpekar
String Theory by Anita Grahn
And introduced you to the world’s newest sock design star, who is only FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. Josiah Bain, designer of Mirror and Tauriel (so far…)
Josiah Bain, high school student and sock designer.
Paid tribute to cephalopods everywhere with Opus and Octopodes…
Opus the Octopus by Cate Carter-Evans
Octopodes by Jennifer Raymond
One of the things that made a big change for the three of us, was that our Knitty principals (me, Jillian Moreno and Kate Atherley) all finally had Craftsy courses available so that we could spend time on your computer screens, sharing our favorite subjects with you…
Kate started it all with Blocking Handknits:
Blocking Handknits with Knitty’s Lead Tech Editor, Kate Atherley
I popped in with my Plug + Play class
Plug+Play Custom Scarves and Shawls with Knitty Editor Amy Singer
And Jillian completed the triumvirate with Ply to Knit.
Ply to Knit with Knittyspin editor Jillian Moreno
Oh, yeah — and after doing this wonderful job for 12 years, we hit our FIFTIETH issue. Which was such a big deal, I kind of got a little silly with the issue’s banner. Did you spot it?
it’s fun to be your own boss because you get to do stuff like this.
On a personal level, I became a single girl again and much re-adjusting of addresses and perspectives resulted. Knitty is now brought to you from the new Knitty world headquarters: a lovely little 2-bedroom apartment in Leslieville. Do not fret — the rabbits settled in quickly. I knew you would worry.
I want to thank Kate and Jillian for keeping this blog vibrant and relevant with their posts…Kate takes charge of the WWW news from every corner of the web (every Wednesday), and Jillian’s Tuesday spinning updates are a big highlight in my week. I can’t believe how she never stops creating. Behind the scenes — along with Kate Atherley — Ashley Knowlton and Ruth Garcia-Alcantud continue to make sure our patterns are knittable and follow our easy-to-understand standards. To all the designers who continue to inspire us with their creativity and innovation — we love you!
And finally, to you, our readers, our biggest thanks. Without you, there isn’t much of us. Stick around. We have big plans for 2015 and we can’t wait to share them with you.
Oh, can we ask something of you? We’ve been heavy into Twitter for ages (well, I have, here: ), and I also decided our Facebook page needed more love, so we’ve been having a blast over here: But we’ve never made a big fuss about hashtags. Guess what? That’s silly. That’s a wasted opportunity! So we’d love you to start hashtagging everything #knittymag wherever you post your Knitty projects in any form, whether it be on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, or any other place hashtags are sold. Because one way to help keep Knitty strong is by letting people (who might not otherwise) know that we’re here. The internet is like a gazillionty times larger than it was when we launched in 2002. Your support, as always, is what feeds us. That and a nice tuna melt.