The Fall season is one of abundance and planning for the winter months ahead. Nuts are gathered in the form of balls of wool to ensure warmth and to sustain our creativity throughout the bleakness of January. Among the warm days and cool nights of Autumn, there are also moments of pause, peace, and reflection. We look back at the work of summer and feel fulfilled. And that is the theme for the Fall 2023 issue – Reflections.
Reflections can take on a variety of forms. There is the literal-looking in the mirror-form, from which several of our projects take their inspiration. Debi Maige’s Mim Sweater is a stunning example of the juxtaposition of black and white and mirroring patterns in slip-stitch colorwork. An epic mirrored cable panel is on show in the Cilin Sweater by Australian designer Vera Marcu. The act of reflecting on the past takes hold in several of the classically inspired designs. Evelyn Siatra’s Memoir Cardigan evokes a timeless sensibility in a garment heavy on texture. While Jennifer Kent’s Stack Bond Wrap reminds us of historic subway tiles in an utterly modern way.
Among the 14 projects in this issue, you’ll find two familiar favourites. Two classic Interweave patterns have been revised with fresh yarn and an expanded size range. A must-read technical article from Sandi Rosner explains the construction of various popular sweater styles, finally understanding the differences between a drop shoulder and a modified drop shoulder. Maker’s Tools dusts off a few forgotten treasures – products from companies who have been a knitting staple for years, plus Ravelngs tells of a family with a tradition in wool.