My advance copies of Issue 7::GATHER arrived in the mail just at the moment we were headed out the door for our camp adventure last week. I didn't flip through and check a million little things I was worried about like I usually do when advance copies arrive. Instead, I tucked it right into my knitting basket without a peek, got in the car, and away we went.
It was a few days later when I took my knitting - and the magazine - down to the dock for a little sit while the kids were fishing, and had my first read through. Of course, I've read every piece of what's inside these pages - many times over. From a brief story pitch or concept to draft to edits to proofreading - I've seen these pages upside down and inside out. But there is nothing - nothing at all - like holding the magazine in my hands and reading it. Reading it the way it was intended to be read - slowly, in hand.
I feel unfaithful claiming a favorite issue, but GATHER is really, really special to me. We're hitting a stride that I feel so pleased with - such beautiful art and inspiring words are finding their way to us, and I'm honored to have the chance to play with them a bit, and watch the designer weave her magic as we put the pages together. We had been moving towards - and were encouraged by our recent reader survey that you want it too - a bigger HANDS section full of even more recipes, crafts, patterns and projects, alongside the essays and art that we all love too. This issue, as most of us head into the fall and winter seasons ahead, is full of so many of those good things. Things to do, for ourselves and those we love, with our hands.
My work on this project began two years ago this month. Since then, we've been so blessed to work with the list of amazing contributors that have been in our pages ... as our mission has focused, our work improved, and our team grown. Seven issues in, we're committed to staying a print-only magazine, completely ad-free and subscriber supported. Those things are equal parts scary (in this day and age), and incredibly exciting (in this day and age). We are so grateful for your support and encouragement of our little project as we continue to make it all happen.
(A special subscriber bonus with this issue - a poster of our cover art by the fabulous Nikki McClure!)
We're taking our show on the road this month with some events coming up in New England. (The rest of the country, we're making plans for 2014, don't you worry!) Next week is the Taproot Gathering at Squam, which is now closed, but the Art Fair is open to all! Following that, we'll head to the Common Ground Country Fair where we'll have a booth once again. It's always such a delight to meet folks at these gatherings and we hope you'll stop by if you can.
Until then, and if you have a copy of GATHER in your hands, I hope you enjoy it!