Birthdays are inevitable. They mark the passage of time. Some are worth noting, and others seem not so important. Knit ‘N Style and I have something in common this year. We are both celebrating birthdays with an “0” at the end. For me, it’s a major life marker, one that seemed far off not that long ago. I keep reminding myself that it’s really only “half way”, a state of mind, just a number. Given that Knit ‘N Style is also celebrating a birthday with an “0” at the end – our 10th – let’s look back to see how far we have come.
10 years in publication is a milestone in this day and age, what with the internet, satellite media and just about mobile everything. We have to be honest – KNS has had a little “work” done. She got a face lift 10 years ago this month. Prior to that, she was known as Fashion Knitting.
As it turns out, Fashion Knitting and Crochet Fantasy were the founding publications of All American Crafts Publishing Inc back in 1981. In 1983, Knitting Elegance was added to the group, with the fashion photography done in Europe. Magazines have life cycles, based on trends and market interest. Some have staying power, such as Knit ‘N Style, while others run their course and are retired or sold.
In looking over the first issue of Fashion Knitting, the premier issue of Knit ‘N Style, and the 10th anniversary edition of Knit ‘N Style the recurring themes are well photographed timeless designs, introduction of new fibers, and timely knitwear fashion reports.
We’re focusing on the theme of 10 for our birthday in different ways – 10 Product Reviews, 10 Gift Ideas for the Holidays, 10 Book Reviews, 10 Tips from 10 Top Knitwear Designers, and 50 (that’s 10 x 5) projects. This issue should keep you very busy – it’s our largest one in 26 years of publishing knitting magazines.
As this is our last issue of the calendar year, we look forward to what the next year will bring. May your New Year be healthy, prosperous and joyful! Make a resolution this year to give yourself more time and to knit!
Until next time, enjoy your knitting!