When Kitty was still an infant, I found knitting magazines. Knitter's to be exact.
I was thrilled! I bought all the back issues I could lay hands on, and now, thanks to my slavish devotion to completeness, have a ... well... complete set. Yep, I have a copy of every Knitter's published. And when Knitter's turned, and started having more... less-than-stellar issues than not, I stuck with them, in the interests of maintaining that complete set.
I might not have done, since that meant I was buying an issue for, oh, one pattern or even one article every so often, but I'd seen what Vogue Knitting had done. VK was stunning, then awful, then ... just after I'd cancel my subscription, they'd come out with an issue that was marvelous. So, I trusted the fates and hoped that my perpetual Knitter's subscription would leave me with more useful issues than not until the design focus changed again.
Besides, I had Interweave Knits! I got in on Interweave with its first issue, and was consistently pleased for a long time. Even if Knitter's offered only one or two patterns worth contemplating, IK was guaranteed to please.
And then came Ravelry, and I was delighted each month to put a sweater or shawl or two in my queue for future consideration from each new magazine. (I use the queue more as a list of patterns that I'd probably like to knit than as one of things I definitely plan to knit -- so I can find them again later). Sure, with Knitter's it was only one, but there were almost always two or three or even more from IK.
I sit here with the recent issues of both magazines and all I can say is meh. At first, I couldn't find a thing to put in my queue.
But, I always give the magazines a second chance; there's usually something I missed the first time. But seriously... IK is sooooo disappointing this time around. My faith is broken. I think it was this one that clinched it for me.
This looks like the poor child was stuffed in a sac and over-sized shoes. And on the very next page? What feels to me like a total waste of yarn.
They made me forget the truly lovely shawl at the opening of the issue. (Another Estonian Beauty from Nancy Bush). It looks like it may have made others forget, since I was the first person to put this one in Ravelry, though there were 18 of the patterns from this issue already there. (See, something for my queue after all).
My faith in other knitters was a little shaken seeing that the one I think is a waste of yarn was on there, in people's queues no less, but I can see how younger knitters without ... ample bosoms ... might like it. My faith is not shattered however, because the one pictured above remains off the Ravelry grid for now. (Actually, if I put my pattern modifier hat on, I can see it working as a nice just-above-the-knee sundress sort of thing for a child of 8 or so....).
With Knitter's, it's not that there are a string of awful patterns so much as there's nothing there that excites me.
So. Do I soldier on, maintaining my perfect records (and complete collections) with these magazines? Or do I give up and cancel my subscriptions? And if I do, will they just turn around like VK always did to me and produce amazing issues the second they're not automatically coming to my door?
Or do I assume that my lack of joy is tied in with the fact that my second floor hallway still looks like the aftermath of a rummage sale gone bad? or that my bed is still in the center of my bedroom because yesterday they "cut in" around the baseboards with the paint from Bookworm's room instead of the paint from my room (hers is similar but a little bluer, and it shows)? or that my bathroom and Bookworm's room still needs another coat of paint and more cutting in (so neither can be put to rights)? or that the first floor painting has not been done -- and even though it's all easy and quick, the fact that it remains undone means that my sunroom furniture is still in the kitchen?
Next time, I'll hire the folks to do the dry wall, and fix the holes, and get the walls ready to paint, and I'll do the painting myself. I fear I'd have it done faster. If yesterday hadn't been non-stop, it's highly probable that I'd have hauled off and just done some of the painting myself.
Whine mode off:
Here's some lace -- at least that's going the way I want it to...
There was a bit of design discrepancy -- partly the designer, partly me, partly a mis-communication between me and the designer when I was talking to her about what her intent was, since I can't "see" things in written out lace, and have not yet tried to tackle charting something with knit 3-into-1 going on in every row). That discrepancy and confusion made me rip back about 10 rows, but I've recovered and gone past it. Even if what I did to tweak it my way (and sort of do what I think she told me she was aiming for), doesn't turn out to have been spot on.... I'm leaving it this way. We'll be able to see in about ten or so more rows.