Young knitters, weavers and even hobbyists rejoice—no longer do you have to resort to dusty old library books or wade through the barrages of cutesy pink images on Pinterest to learn, share and discover new material related to handicrafts. Making textiles and fiber art relevant to younger generations is a new print-only magazine, Knit Wit. With combined experience at Bon Appétit, C magazine and FOAM, founders Zinzi Edmundson and Gigi Jack are no strangers to publishing and the magazine will surely reflect this—looking at the world of textiles and yarn from an art, travel and lifestyle perspective.
To fund the project, the two have turned to Kickstarter, drawing eyes (and hopefully dollars) with a video featuring Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids dancing in some pretty stylish knitwear, presumably setting the tone for what's to come. Inside the initial issue, readers will find a behind-the-scenes look at the fashionable knitting brand Wool and the Gang, an interview with the sisters behind LA-based Indian textile company Blockshop, Yoga for Knitters with yogi Tara Stiles, holiday gift ideas, a visit with the couple behind Lynn and Lawrence's handmade wooly hats and much more.
A knitter since childhood who became a writer and editor after college, Edmundson tells CH, "It wasn't until last year sometime that I thought of making a zine about knitting. The more I got to looking into the contemporary knitting world, the deeper I got into other crafts and craft-informed art as well—weaving, dyeing, embroidery, macramé—and the more I realized that there wasn't exactly a media outlet or any sort of hub for people like me who are into this." She continues, "So, Knit Wit became a full-blown 108-page, full-color magazine with photographers, writers, stylists, illustrators and on the subject of all fiber and textile art and especially the incredible people in the community."
"Ultimately, it's still what I was hoping to do with the zine, which was simply to create something that I would want to read on a subject that seems to be overlooked by the cool kids," says Edmundson. "Something that emphasized the work and the people and is beautifully put together in its own right as well." Snag a copy of Knit Wit's debut issue through the Kickstarter campaign with a $20 contribution, or pledge a grand to get a lifetime subscription and an indigo-dyed tote bag.
Images courtesy of Knit Wit