Yes, I have a confession to make.
Back when I was on my yarn-buying ban, I had to indulge my knitting obsession in other ways. One way was to subscribe to Interweave Knits. I had bought the last few issues and have found them to consistently have at least two-three patterns I’d really like to knit, so it seems that they are probably a good buy for me. And, well, when you can get five issues for the price of four, and when the price you pay is approximately the price of *two* issues off the newstand here, including international postage, well, it seems like a no-brainer.
My friend Sarah commented that she had seen the new issue in her local magazine shop on the weekend, so I was hopeful mine would arrive soon. And today, while I was surrounded by stacks of marking, it arrived. What a lovely lunch break I had today!
The one problem with this issue is that it’s for Winter. And, I am informed, it is summer here. Hmmm, I’ll keep you informed on that one. So, while I am liking some of the patterns, it is likely to be a wee while before any of them hit my needles.
For me, I like this one best:
Called Aquitane, it has a simple beauty, although I’ll have to watch that wide neckline! It is knit in the round from the bottom up, and has a fairly limited size range, but it *does* have my size, so that’s something!
And my other two picks are both potential knits for DH. First up is the Shredder Pullover. And lookie, it uses the same cute cable as my Jimmy socks!!
And, maybe not my thing with the colourwork, but I like the lines of this pullover too.
This issue is the first regular issue with the new layout, which features themed groups of patterns initially photographed together and then with all instructions following. One commentator mentioned the seeming increase in full page advertisements that accompanies this change. I hadn’t noticed it so much in the Weekend edition, but certainly noticed it in this magazine. However I happen to quite like ads about knitting… so no complaints here.
Overall, this is a nice issue with a balance of things that make me think “what on earth were they thinking?”, and “no, never”, a few “that’s nice” or “my mother would look good in that” in addition to the gems mentioned above. There are lots of women’s knits, a colourwork cardigan for young girls, and a handful of accessories (no socks this issue?). So, all in all, I like this issue, and I can see myself really enjoying my new subscription.