I am not normally snarky (ok, I actually am, but I hide it on the blog)….but I got two knitting magazines in the mail this week and I have to say that they both were extremely just ….blah. Disappointing. Puzzling.
The magazines were Cast On and Creative Knitting. I get Cast On because I belong to the TKGA – I belong because I want to get my Master Knitter certificate (and yes, I’ve had the program for almost a year now and haven’t started it!). The magazine is usually disappointing, so I wasn’t too surprised when I got it and saw the patterns. Frumpy always the word that comes to mind when I look at this magazine. I don’t want to be mean – I certainly don’t have the talent to design sweaters – but honestly couldn’t the designs be a bit more contemporary? There is one design (#18 on the link) – I was speechless. It is made up of what looks like coasters. It is definitely one of those designs that seems to be more focused on being a clever knitter than actually knitting something flattering. The rest of the sweaters look just blah and like they have been done a 100 times before.
I got Creative Knitting because I thought it would be good to get another knitting magazine. I found myself looking through it several times – and there wasn’t one thing I’d make. And it didn’t seem like there was one thing that was actually in style. And what is up with the big hats? Again, it just seemed like they were easier versions of sweaters that have been done a million times….and these versions just aren’t adding much…
I can’t say that I’ve been too fond of Vogue Knitting, and even Interweave was disappointing last time. I think that I’m starting to find that the independent designers are doing really lovely, innovative designs – and the magazines are just not keeping up. I’m much more likely to buy single patterns now. Did you see this – nice eh? And I think I just may let my subscriptions go…how about you?