Thursday, July 27, 2006


Book Review

On Tuesday I allowed myself the luxury of buying some knitting and spinning magazines. They're usually a little out of my price range, but it's been about a year since I bought any, so I splurged.

Creative Knitting - July '06. Several surprisingly nice patterns, four of which I'm considering and another three that are tempting me. Definitely a good value for $6.99 cdn. I'll keep an eye out for this one. Even though, you know, it's sort of gross to take your eyes out.

knitsimple by Vogue Knitting - Fall 2006. Two cabled sweaters I like. I like them mostly because the man's sweater goes to one size larger than my husband does. For people knitting for men with 54" chests, finding patterns you don't have to modify is a delight, especially if you're a little math-impaired. There's a scarf I like, too, and a cardigan I'd wear (but I'll bet you $100 I won't ever make it). The rest is complete and utter ass. A large intarsia blanket ... for a dog. (WTF? Was crack free that week?) Final analysis: Worth the $7.99 cdn, but only just, and only if you need an oversized cabled sweater pattern. I won't likely buy this again.

Spin Off - Summer 2006. Yummystuff. Stuff about wheels and dyeing and sock yarn and four incredibly cute Estonian hand puppets (sheeps!) to knit with handspun. Article on Jacob sheep, on spinning with MS, spinning for tapestry, how to get different textures through plying, etc. Pattern for an appallingly ass-ugly jacket, recipe for a Gunnister Man pouch, bla bla bla gush gush. Well worth the slightly-inflated $10.99 cdn price tag. I'm thinking of subscribing.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled cussing and whining.

I liked the dog blanket. But I wouldn't give it to my dog, and I'd be trying to adapt one of the pictures to portray an Australian Shepherd. :)

Janice in GA
dog person
You make me laugh! Funny, Rabbitch!!
get the subscription. it's worth it. it gives all sorts of info for good spinning
I thought the July issue of Creative Knitting was great too - but, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT waste your money on the next issue - talk about "utter ass", this one is it!
I read Gunnister Man pouch as Gunnister MAN POUCH, and thought you were referring to a thong for a man (or "Mong").

Y'all excuse me while I go find some coffee.
My hubbo is a big guy too and it's so hard to find patterns that go up to that size but... I've found that it's much harder to sit down and knit the super huge stuff. That's why his vest is still a UFO 2 or 3 years later.
cuss. whine.
I agree with Julie, the new (Sept 06) Creative Knitting sucks. I haven't seen the Knit Simple for fall. I'll have to check it out!
Sorry to state the obvious, but...
Bet you that you won't knit something? Hah! I bet I'll knit a bikini before you knit that cardigan.
How about a real bet? You knit that cardigan before I...
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