A week or so ago, I looked for the latest Interweave Knits in my local book store but didn’t see it. A few days later, I finally got around to looking at it online and realized there were several things I really liked so I definitely wanted to purchase it. On Tuesday, I decided on a bit of a whim to subscribe – in a year I’ll have to see if the subscription made sense (if I all the issues aren’t ones I would want to buy, a subscription won’t make sense). My subscription will start with winter because they are sold out of the fall issue.
Yesterday I went o my local yarn store to get it. Nope. Then I went o LYS2 in the next town and they were sold out. The woman suggested the big grocery store chain, so I went to the near one (but the one she suggested first was the location nearest my home and just about diagonal from my LUS. Sigh). Nothing there. I then realized I was almost to Darth Mall (JQ – did this come from your household?) and that Barnes and Noble should have it, which they did. Remember that I hate driving, so I really must have wanted this issue. I also try to avoid Darth mall and chain stores whenever possible. Oh well, I tried all the local businesses first and I guess it is better for the community than mail order.
So what sent me all over town looking for this? There is a lot of good stuff in this issue, but the three things I REALLY like are the Tilted duster (cover), the Cobblestone pullover, and the Mirepoix bodice.
While at B&N I of course had to look at all the magazines. I came close to buying (and may still get) the current issue of Knitters. I really thought of AL when I saw Jaspe Red. What this means is I thought of something that either DJ, my Mom or I could benefit from, since all of AL’s clothes were lovely. The last thing I need is another project for DJ. Of the 4 projects going right now, 1 is an experimental hat for me and the other 3 are for DJ. One of the next projects is for Mr. DJ. And then there are the socks I want to make for her when I find the right yarn (I think at least 3 pairs of those) and the-don’t-get-your-hopes-up big project for her. The other item was a vest (Canyon Ridge) for TH. Since I have one of those backed up (well, it is stalled at the spinning stage), it might not be the most sensible issue to buy. But I might anyway because some of the other things are OK. What do you think?
I also looked at the last Vogue Knitting. It had some interesting things in it, but nothing I really wanted. It is a special silver anniversary issue, complete with 10 covers. The Skacel dress is great, but I don’t have the build for it and I’m not excited about knitting a dress. The best thing was in their best of gallery—Annie Modesitt’s Twisted float cocoon shrug (previously published in Fall 2005). If I don’t already have the pattern and if it is reproduced in full, then it may be worth purchasing just for the jacket. They also have a few of the interesting things available for free download (I like the cabled gloves especially, another AL item, and the jacket and pants are fabulous but not something I would make. You need to see the magazine to actually see these very well.
None of the other magazines really caught my fancy, but they usually don’t. I have to look at them, but I’ve never wanted to buy one of them.
I just checked and the fall issue of Knitty is now out. I’ll need to look at that tomorrow.