Hello…

…and a Happy New Knit­tingYear to ev­ery­one! (Yes, re­ally!)

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I’ve worked on craft mag­a­zines for over two decades, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get used to how early we cel­e­brate the year’s big hol­i­days and events – from Christ­mas to Valen­tine’s Day to Easter. It still comes as a bit of a sur­prise when we’re writ­ing about NewYear knits and res­o­lu­tions in Novem­ber, but if we didn’t, all those great op­por­tu­ni­ties to knit for friends and fam­ily at favourite gift-giv­ing times of the year would be missed, and that sim­ply wouldn’t do. So here I am, talk­ing about Jan­uary and, if the truth be told, plan­ning for next sum­mer and be­yond…!

Apart from our Christ­mas rac­coon bag (and our po­lar bear’s scarf!), most of this is­sue’s projects are great all-year-round makes, like the bril­liant fox toy and the gor­geous vin­tage top by Mon­ica Rus­sel. I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to adding some of them to my knit list for 2019, and we’ve been talk­ing about NewYear knit­ting res­o­lu­tions in the of­fice (read more on p97). Be­tween us, we’d like to ex­pand our skills, whether tack­ling a chal­leng­ing lace pat­tern, ex­per­i­ment­ing with finer yarns, or try­ing a new tech­nique like steek­ing. It’s about time we stepped out of our very warm and cosy com­fort zone! How about you? What NewYear knit­ting res­o­lu­tions do you think you’ll be mak­ing in 2019? Head over to our Face­book page or jot us a note over email about your year ahead (de­tails be­low) – we al­ways love hear­ing all about your knit­ting worlds.

Here’s to a fab­u­lous, knit-tastic 2019!

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