Despite a wave of harsh criticism, the major knitting magazines seem to only get worse and worse.
Is The World Crazy?
Carol displayed a rejection letter she got from Interweave Knits magazine for one of her designs on her blog the other day. Knowing Carol personally, and haven seen a lot of her designs, I can't imagine it was worse than the shit they've been publishing.
I could possibly understand that her submission didn't match the "theme" of whatever magazine is in progress right now, but I have to believe they could have fit it in somehow.
Maybe it's just my personal friendship with Carol that makes this hard to believe, but I think it's more than that. From what I've seen published in the knit mags lately, I would think they'd be begging designers for interesting designs.
Speaking of which, I just picked up the latest copy of Cast-On magazine. About 19 designs for $5.95, as well as a beginner's article on gauge and a more advance article on twisted stitches and cables.
There is only one design that is worth mentioning, and it's a knit and crochet top by Carole Powell called Blush Knitted/Crocheted Top. It's very delicate, has some decent shaping and looks very nice. From a practical perspective, it is lacey and see-through, but still very appealing.
Most of the remaining designs are dreadful, with a few plain boring designs thrown in. Designer Rebecca Sweinhagen has the least offensive and the most offensive designs in the magazine.
Concerning quilting pains, Linda suggests, "One or two of the fingers cut off a household rubber glove should fit a thumb snugly and last way longer than a finger cot. (The index and ring fingers work for me.)'
I like this idea. Thaddeus has a box of gloves that are not quite as thick as Playtex gloves, but should be perfect for this use. And I figure I can get 5 pairs of fingers from one pair of gloves...how perfect.
Tuesday, February 07, 2006