Looking through them has made me think about what I like the most and why.
Selvedge was the first to arrive and I do like the stories of these wonderful enterprises where industries are kept alive. There was a wonderful article in the British magazine 'Country Living' (September 2008 issue) titled 'Bolt from the Blue' which was about a couple who've reopened a woad mill and are selling the dye and dyed products.
This article on handwoven woollen blankets also had that flavour. You just want to go and live on an island somewhere. (or a small Scottish town on the coast - oops sorry, that's the movie 'Local Hero' - favourite movie, great Mark Knoffler music)
Then Yarn magazine has this article on Ruth Marshall who has knit this Amur Leopard completely accurately as she works at the Bronx Zoo.
I'm not usually a fan of exact reproduction, except where beauty and heart come into play.
Her website http://www.ruthmarshall.com/ is worth a look.
Object magazine feature indigenous art in this issue, however, I chose this piece as something quirky.
And Vogue Knitting has a lovely article about Nicky Epstein.
Her aesthetic is very different from mine, but she is exploring knitting in her own way.
So, what is the common factor? I think that it's the passion behind each of these. People finding, following, exploring something they feel passionate about. Shouldn't we all be doing that? Would it work?