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Katy Evans

Katy Evans

21 November 2013


It is very hard to get all enthusiastic about Christmas when you are working on a December issue in September. Especially if you're still basking in the warm glow of the amazing summer we just had. Which is why our Dec issues tend to be 'winter' themed rather than Christmassy. Well, somehow we have created the most Christmastastic issue we've ever done here (though of course in our typical classy way!).

And now we're well over half way through November, even Scrooge can't get angry at celebrating Christmas 'too early'. In fact, now our Christmas issue is on sale it feels like Christmas REALLY has arrived! 

The gallery this month is full of beautiful, elegant garments and accessories to take you seamlessly though the festive season.

Whether you're dressing up for parties...

Sirdar Coat Main 770 Dawn Main 178
Capelet Main 484 (2) Hearts Wrap Main 542

... or staying snuggly and warm, we have it covered.

Snow Leopard PI 109 Nordic Jumper Main 227
Drift Main 833 Nordic Scarf Main 700 (1)

Of course there is a smattering of Christmas decorations; bunting, stockings and snowflakes for the tree PLUS 9 extra 'Christmas Gifts to Knit' for when you need a lovely but quick-to-make gift that you can whip up in an evening or weekend!

Also, don't miss in this issue:

  • 30 knits for an elegant Christmas - women's, men's, children's, babies, home and accessories
  • EXCLUSIVE patterns - Snow leopard jumper, Nordic jumper, Fairisle yoke sweater, Dawn cardigan, Puff sleeved top, Midnight stripe top, Whisper, Bramble lace cape, Nordic scraf, Shawl of hearts, Drift beret and collar
  • EXCLUSIVE – Sirdar vintage floor elngth coat reknitted, with pattern updated, exclusively for us!
  • Cute knits for kids - Patch pocket jacket, Star jumper, Girl's party dress, Polar bear toy
  • Christmas collection – Christmas stocking, bunting and snoflake decorations
  • 9 Extra Christmas Gifts to Knit – Cosy slipper socks, Mittens with a Pop, Mna's scarf. Melodie gloves, Soft cape, Crush hat, Mini stockings, Wavy dolly bag, Vintage roses tea cosy
  • Spotlight on - Cool as ice

And, of course, all the usual news, reviews, competitions, products and events you expect from your favourite Knitting magazine.


We're knitting even when we're not Knitting

Katy Evans

Katy Evans

4 November 2013


Working for a Knitting magazine isn't the kind of job you just pack up at the end of the day, go home and don't think about about until you're back in the office the next morning. At least we don't. Our office is full of creative people making up the teams for Knitting magazine, Making magazine and Making Jewellery. We are always pointing out to each other programs that were on TV last night that might be of interest to each others mags' readers, projects or artists that could provide inspiration, newspaper articles, shop windows, online videos that we'd come across, you get the picture.

So I thought I'd give you an example of a typical Monday morning in our office. 

My mum visited friends in Bury St Edmunds at the weekend. They took her to a fab wool shop, which turned out to be Wibbling Wools!


She emailed me pics of the shop, telling me how much she liked the camper van-come-counter top in the cafe and that having said her daughter worked at Knitting magazine, I had in fact been spotted at the K&S Show by proprietor Lyndsey. They then proceeded to google me on this very blog!


I then told my colleagues in the office about this chance meeting. Which promted our mag designer Claire to get out her phone and show us pics she took on her day off last week at Westfield Shopping Centre, Stratford, of the Fred Perry Store and their 'British Knitting Patterns' window display. 


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She also noticed Oasis sneaking in some knitting in their window displays too. 


Which then reminded me that Editor Emma had pointed out last week I should really go and have a look at the Accessorize shop window in Lewes high street, which I did and I showed everyone the pic I took of it.


Remind you of anything...?

K121 Final Cover

Which then promted myself and Claire to laugh about how one evening last week I was so excited to see this in a supermarket I bought it immediately for the office advent calendar, even if I was at the time nearly 2 months early, and text her the pic while I was still in the shop!

And that's just what we remembered in the first half hour. So, definitely no such thing as just 9 to 5 for us, and we love it!

We love to hear from you guys too so if you ever come across anything you think would be fun to share let us know! You can share with us on Facebook, send us a tweet on Twitter @KnittingMag or just email me at KatyE@the