Wednesday, February 02, 2005

To Subscribe or Not To Subscribe

Don't I always buy the magazines each month anyway?

Knitting Magazines
I always buy Vogue Knitting, Knitters and Interweave Knits. I often buy Family Circle Easy Knitting and various other knitting magazines when I see them on the stands.

Why don't I just subscribe and get them at the cheaper subscription cost?

I have this stupid thing that even if I hate a knitting magazine, I want to own it anyway. Family Circle Easy Knitting is a perfect example of that. They usually have gawd-awful designs and lousy articles and it's just a conveyor of crappy advertisement to yarn stores and products I could care less about. But I always end up buying it when I see it on the stands. It's a luxury I can afford, so I do.

I guess I just feel that when I subscribe to a magazine, that it is a statement that I support their editorial policies and design selections.

With all that in mind, I've realized there is no reason I shouldn't at least subscribe to the three magazines I will always buy (Knitters, VK and IK). The others, I'll continue to pick up when I see them.

More progress on the front of the tweed cardigan.

So far, I've completed 5 cable cross-overs on the right-front. I need to reach 13 before I start shaping for the sleeve, so I have a little bit to go.

Marilyn's Blog
Three reasons that you have to check out Marilyn's site if you haven't recently.

1. She has a great list of knitting book standards.
2. In her comments, Kathy mentions the new Marianne Isager book (which I must own)
3. She will shortly be publishing Lisa's response to the KnitLost survey.

I am ever so grateful to have met someone ever so rare as Marilyn (and Kathy and Lisa).

Readers' Comments/Questions
A couple of readers have mentioned the flashing or pooling in one of the scarves in the last entry.

Just a couple of comments. There is actually very little pooling in that scarf, the flash just misrepresents the contrast between colors. In fact, I specifically worked to increase the pooling on the second scarf I did in that yarn, because I really loved the colors, and wanted a more discernible color differentiation.

As some readers mentioned, pooling can be a very desireable thing in some garments, and I think scarfs can fit that category. I've even seen some sweaters where the change in patterning that occurs at the sleeve shaping is very appealing, although that is quite rare.

The double posting of my last entry was quite by accident. In fact, I'm not sure how it happened. I honestly think it was a blogger glitch, not QueerJoe dementia or overwork.