A note from Benjamin Levisay, CEO of XRX, Inc., says that the 32-year-old Knitter’s magazine has ceased publication with its Winter 2016 issue.
The magazine published 125 issues, but Levisay says they have stopped producing it because of financial strain based on “the major shift in the marketplace from paid-print to free-digital content [that] required different approaches” to publishing. He says “key members of our publishing team” recently retired, allowing the company to shift focus to its fiber-related events (the company puts on the STITCHES shows), the “occasional” book and a new online experience.
Our newest “pub” will be on-line, free, and cross-craft, extending beyond knit, crochet, and other fiber and fabric crafts—creating a space big enough for all we love to do, all we love to make. We’re cycling back to our beginnings with energy, passion, and, we hope, you.
It’s unfortunate to see traditional publishers close down publications and have to shift focus, but it seems inevitable in the current environment where so much is available for free or individual patterns are so easy to purchase online.
What do you think? Did you subscribe to Knitter’s? I’d love to know your thoughts.