As a child I wanted to study and try everything. I wanted to
know why you could see animals in some clouds while other simply created wispy
lines in the sky. I wanted to learn to bake pies and ride horses with my mom
and to learn to weld and chop wood with my dad. I wanted to try everything.
|Dottie's Pullover by Amy Miller
This year I intend to revive that childlike curiosity once
again. I am going to learn new techniques in knitting, including lace and
colorwork. I want to enjoy the varied possibilities of yarn and see what
lessons and tricks I can learn that will spark my imagination and improve my
Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave
Knits, has joined us to share her thoughts on bringing childlike creativity
into our adult world.
When We Are Children
When enough seasons have changed and we have grown up a
little, our lives begin to follow calendars, not seasons. Alarm clocks
jingle-or beep a familiar marimba beat-at the same time year-round, and we
scarcely notice whether we are waking up to midwinter's dark or summer's early
sunrises. Holidays, which we used to know were coming when snow fell or Dad
lugged home steaks and sacks of charcoal briquettes, turn into red-circled
dates that involve planning and timelines. Who has time to notice the first
robin of spring when it shows up on the day of a long-scheduled root canal?
||Darjeeling Shawl by Joan Forgione
This year, as our grown-up calendars turned, I've been
thinking a lot about my firefly-chasing days. Rich with symbolism as the idea
of a brand-new year is, the reality of adult lives means that my 2013 datebook
is already smudged and inked with travel plans, deadlines, events, and yes,
dentist appointments. Plans and goals and commitments for the future make it
easy to lose whole days, weeks, and months in the rush to get from one
scheduled happening to another.
But at the beginning of my childhood summers, I was sure
they could never end. I didn't know what day school would begin again-but I
noticed thunder and crickets, hot sunshine, squash swelling under the blossoms.
I measured time in how long it took papier mache to dry, how long it took to
learn to do a handstand or a new friendship bracelet pattern. I knew the state
of my little world on any given day, and how I fit into it. Day to day, season
to season, year to year.
With that in mind, we've put together this first Interweave Knits issue of 2013 to bring
season joy back to staid calendars: The projects in this issue celebrate modern
lace for warming days, breezy-cool knits for layering, lighthearted patterns,
and feminine, floating lace that feels as fresh as soft rain. Spring is here!
Take note of the waking earth, cast on, and make something new yourself.
|Currant Cardigan by Margie Mitchell
Make 2013 a year of living with awareness of our worlds, and
with the intention of adding good things to it. Some things don't need to be
written on a calendar.
Resurrect your inner child and try something new this year.
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and explore more yarn possibilities.
P.S. What other hobby would you like to learn about this year?