When I got the new issue I must say I actually got very excited for the first time in a long time. My favorite section in this issue is by far “Out by the Woodpile.” The focus of the section is items with knit and purl pattern combos that create a thermal effect in the fabric. My favorite project was the Bucheron mitts. I’m mostly a quick project knitter and these are easy and colorful. I also loved three of the pullover projects- Feathernest Raglan, Winnepeg Pullover, and Nunavut Pullover. All use in the round construction, which is the only way I have ever made a sweater. The knitting needle sizes for these three pullovers range from size US5 to US8, so they would be (relatively) quick knits. They have some texture to them which makes them interesting to look at and the pattern not so monotonous, but they are also easy to remember.
The two other sections are “Below the Mesa” and “Crossing Country.” The first one highlights projects in “Southwestern” colors- muted reds, browns, with a splash of turquoise. I though the Ojos de Dios Shawl was beautiful but the rest of the projects were not really inspiring to me. I found the projects in Crossing Country too fussy for anything I would want to make except for one pattern- the Swivel Pullover. It features cables that move from the front of the back. I love this one so much I might actually tackle it this winter.
For lovers of lace like me, there’s an article about the patroness of Orenberg lace- Galina Khmeleva. It has no patterns, it’s about the woman herself and talks about her quest to chart the history of Orenburg lace in Russia. Piecework (another Interweave press publication) usually has a Khmeleva pattern in it more than not, so it was nice to learn about her and not just her work.
There is also a handy, short and to the point interchangeable needle directory of the different brands of these knitting tools.
Interweave Knits is available from http://www.interweavestore.com directly. I have also picked it up at Joanns, Barnes and Noble, and Walmart.