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April 2008 coverApril 2008

I remember the first time that I met Kaffe Fassett. It was probably in the 1980s here in New Jersey.  I was working at a small computer consulting firm, and a yarn shop opened across the street from our humble second floor walk up offices. When I was in need of a break, I would wander across the street and chat with Vida, the owner of the tiny shop.  Vida carried wonderful fibers and was trying to lure me back into knitting. She always made a bunny nose when I mentioned my quilting projects.  “Kaffe is coming,” she grinned from ear to ear one day. I had purchased one of his needlepoint kits from her. His use of color was magical. He was coming to her shop for a book signing on his tour of the US that year.

I was at the shop before he arrived, along with a few other customers. They all had his books in hand. Soon more customers arrived and the shop became an incredible fashion show of his sweaters. Miraculously, no two were alike. It was an amazing sight.

We are blessed that Michael del Vecchio had an opportunity to interview Kaffe during the book tour for Kaffe Knits Again. For those of you who are not familiar with Kaffe and his work or if you are an “old friend”, I am sure you will enjoy Michael’s article as much as I did.

Eleonora Natili reports from the runways of New York City with her Spring/Summer 2008 Knitwear Fashion Report.  Learn about new colors, textures, pattern, and styles that you can incorporate into your projects. Yes, the knits of today are wearable year round. They are not just for fall and winter any more.

Margaret Radcliffe shares her tips for knitting in the round in her workshop How to Perfect Your Circular Knitting. Leslye Solomon introduces us to knitting with tape yarn. She’ll teach you how to pierce the tape and give you great ideas how and where to use this unusual type of fiber. Jack Lewis writes about receiving a “gift” of yarn and the tribute piece that evolved.  Melissa Leapman’s new Knit & Crochet designs are awesome.

It’s Spring – let’s celebrate!

Until next time, enjoy your knitting!
Penelope

The Gallery
Natural Classic by Diane Zangl
Easy to Knit Cardi
Sojabama
Elegant Cabled Wrap
Sea Flower
Little Lace Cardi
Promise of Spring
Cropped Raglan Cardi
Chic & Easy Shrug
Gypsy Shawl
Diamond & Block Pullover by Lois S. Young Center Cable Raglan Pullover
The Madeleine Hat
Bamboo Peek-A-Boo
Maddie’s Bolero
Slant on Nature
Nautical Tank by Gayle Bunn
Rainbow Camisole
Cables & Lace Pullover Vest
Swoon Cable Cardigan
Deanna Top by Diane Zangl
Fun in the Sun by Sandi Prosser
Aurora
Coins Pullover by Georgia Druen
Victorian Vest
Allergic to Wool Tee Top
Hand-Painted Cable Coat with Belt
Man’s Aran Pullover by Melissa Leapman
Brick Stitch Ruffled Stole
Openwork Scarf
Susanna
Cabled Carpet Bag
Ruffle Wrap Baby Sweater
Baby Entrelac Bunting
Floral Path Poncho
Summer Tango
Trio of Entrelac Bags
Kokon Girl’s Lace Blouse


Sea Flower Swoon Cable Cardigan
Lace Pullover Swoon CAble Cardigan
Deanna Top Aurora
Deanna Top Aurora

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Pewter Buttons
How to Perfect Your Circular Knitting

Features

Designer Spotlight: Kaffe Fassett
A Painter with Wool
by Michael del Vecchio

The Yarn Salon
April Yarn Review
by Cynthia Yanok Rich

Get to Know
Aurora Yarns

Knit & Crochet Collection
Lace Pullovers
by Melissa Leapman

‘N Style Workshop
How to Perfect Your Circular Knitting
by Margaret Radcliffe

Spring/Summer 2008 Fashion Forecast
The New and Newsworthy in Spring Knits
by Eleonora Natili


'N Style Departments
The Editor's Notes: Glorious Color
'N Style Book Reviews
'N Style Product Reviews
Books Just In!
Real Men Knit: A Knitting Tribute
So Glad You Asked: Ruffle Up Girls!
In Every Issue
The Chart Library
Knitting Abbreviations
Source of Supply
Index of Advertisers
Yarn Shops Directory

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