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Aug 26, 2014

by Zinzi Edmundson handmade and vintage goods

Zinzi Edmundson is the editor of Knit Wit, a new magazine about fiber art, textiles and the people who put it all together. The magazine is in the process of being funded on Kickstarter — help them reach their goal by pre-ordering a copy of Issue 1 or claiming any number of delightful donor rewards.

About a year ago, I had the idea to make a zine about knitting. I’ve been knitting since I was eight years old, and as a media-consumer version of a Hungry Hungry Hippo, I wasn’t finding a lot of outlets that sated both my love of knitting and my preference for anything remotely contemporary. I decided to call it Knit Wit.


Photo by Akila Berjaoui for Knit Wit

Here’s what happened: As soon as I started digging, I found a lot, a lot, of incredible artists, makers and crafters — and tons, tons, of their outstanding work. But they weren’t all knitters. They were alpaca farmers, weavers, yogis (more on that in Issue 1!) and shibori masters. So I changed, rearranged, and now Knit Wit, the first-person zine, has become Knit Wit, the 108-page, full-color perfect-bound magazine with contributors from all over the world writing about knitting, fiber art, textiles and people. Evidently, I have a problem limiting my scope.


Photo by Akila Berjaoui for Knit Wit magazine

But limiting your scope is hard to do when the process of discovery and the excitement of sharing those discoveries is the whole point. So that’s why I’m very happy to have the opportunity to share with you, Etsy readers, some of the things I love here on this site.

I love Westlake Designs‘ patterns and color choices – plus some of their designs are available as downloadable PDFs. That fisherman beanie is definitely on my list.

Finnish crocheter Aimankaki’s rugs are just plain awesome. The round ones are like gigantic human coasters!

Graham Keegan’s shibori technique produces super-delicate patterns on t-shirts, handkerchiefs and leather-trimmed canvas totes. Is it weird to say that they remind me of delightful spiderwebs? Because they really do.

Pigeon Toe Ceramics incorporates fiber elements into some of their ceramic work. I especially love their Twined Quill Necklace and the Woven SwingArm Sconce.

Anyone within shouting distance of me lately knows I’m big into tassels. I love the clean colorways Forestiere chose for their tassel necklaces. More tassels, more better!

Everyone loves a macramé plant holder these days, and while the trend seems to be going more and more minimal, I have to admit this borderline baroque number from Slow Down Productions really got me.

The fastest way to ditch the “I could do that” mentality and go straight into admiration mode is to try actually doing something yourself. Which is why a pretty loom and hot pink (!) accessories from Loom & Spindle are must-haves for budding fiber aficionados.

Donna Kallner’s plant-dyed yarns have some of the most beautiful and subtle colorways. I can’t wait to get my hands on a few skeins.

The Knit Kid is one of those shops that I eventually just have to close the window on because I simply can’t buy everything I want at once.

Those colors! Knit Stitch Yarns are hand-dyed into some of the most amazing hues. Hand-painted wool roving? I’m coming for you.

Himo is also one of my Instagram favorites! May somehow manages to inject each of her knotted rope pieces with a strong graphic sensibility, which I think is a real skill in the fiber realm.

Like what you see? Then go to Knit Wit‘s Kickstarter page to help fund the project!


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