Catching up and Interweave Review

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My internship is over, so I finally, finally have the time to sit down and write a long post. I’m going to miss it, but I do look forward to all of the knitting and blogging time in my future!

I finished the Molly hat just in time to give it away…and not enough time to take any pictures with it (or even block it). Still, the recipient loved it, so I think that I will survive! I’m back to working on my Zest Cardigan. I just CO the first sleeve. It’s a bottom up raglan, so after than I’ll just have to do the yoke, block, and sew up- easy peasy! (Famous last words)

But none of those projects are the reason that I felt obligated to post. Two days ago, the Fall 2012 Interweave Knits hit my mailbox. Okay, so it probably hit my mailbox at school days before that, but campus mail was nice enough to forward it to my parents’ house, so now I finally get the chance to talk about it with you. There’s something about this issue that I’m not completely in love with. There’s not a single pattern in here that I JUST HAVE TO KNIT, which is really strange for me, especially considering that this is a fall, not summer or spring, issue. In fact, I don’t think that I’m going to make anything in here. Most of the pieces either feel like they’re for someone much older than me, or that they drastically miscalculated what 20-somethings like to wear. Let’s take a look, and I’ll show you what I mean.

Take, for instance, these three pieces from the Stitches Go to Town Collection. Besides the strange construction of the Blooming Forest Pullover (won’t sideways ribbed sleeves stretch a lot?), I feel like all three of these patterns are for people way, way different from me. The Petit Four Pullover is growing on me as something that would be great for work, but the lines of the second two aren’t very modern at all. I guess they’re all just too conservative, but especially since I think of hip and urban when I hear “go to town,” not 40 year old suburbanite.

These socks (from the “On the Road” collection) strike me as the most modern and forward-thinking piece in the magazine…and they’re socks. They remind me of a toned down version of the bubbles socks that I made a couple of months ago. Maybe I’ll give them a try. Maybe.

Next are the Roam Tunic and Sweetheart Pullover, also from the On the Road Collection. I guess it gets cold enough in some parts of the world for tunics and pullovers made from chunky yarn in some parts of the world, but I don’t think it ever gets that cold here. Ever. Plus, I don’t think that a tunic is the shape for me, and the picot edging on the pullover…to cutesy. But I do love the cables of both of them, which is just making me think of OTHER patterns, not either of these.

Amstel Hat

While I think that I would love knitting this hat, I’m not sure that I, or anyone else that I know, would ever wear it. I think it goes just past that hip/homemade look- not something anyone wants. That’s just my opinion, though. If I end up making a hat for a fashion-forward friend, I would definitely show them this pattern (although I admit that I would be surprised if they picked it!).

I think that this pattern might be the least of the evils in the All Wool and a Yard Wide collection. I guess it was aiming for English Country Garden (maybe that’s why there are so many rain-related patterns?), but I think it was a miss. Once again, I would show this to a fashion-forward friend, but I would probably be surprised it they picked it!

If I can ever bring myself to learn how to do colorwork, I would definitely make this as a warm and cozy rainy day cardigan (because I don’t have enough of those). This might be one of the few patterns in here were the vintage feel actually worked- maybe because the styling of the rest of the picture feels so modern. I don’t know.

So, what do you think? I’m excited to read everyone else’s reviews of the magazine- maybe someone can convince me that it wasn’t as horrible as I thought! And I completely promise to be back on Wed. with an update on the Zest Cardigan. It’s probably been over a month since I’ve taken pictures!

 

 

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11 responses »

  1. I have to agree with you. I thumbed through a friend’s that she brought over for knit night. Not a single pattern in there I was jumping to knit! Even the articles weren’t as good I thought. I’m personally glad I didn’t spend the $8 for the magazine.

  2. From the looks of those patterns I’m pretty disappointed. Normally an issue of Interweave whips me into a knitting frenzy in short order. I’d still love to knit that slate blue briar rose sweater from last year…I think it was the fall issue.

  3. I skipped picking it up as well. Like you, the Petit Four almost did it for me. Maybe a different color choice would help? The socks were nice too, but nothing was a show stopper.

  4. I’m still waiting (very impatiently) for my issue so I can’t really say what I think. I suspect magazines find it hard to get the right balance and tone for the great range of ages that read them. I’ve pruned my magazine buying right down to just two or three – Vogue, Interweave and Knitscene and even then, it’s difficult to find a pattern that I ‘have to knit’. I buy them more for the inspiration and potential (Still cheaper in my opinion than shelling out $8 for one pattern that I like at the time and then decide not to knit). Also, I usually find that a year or two later, there’s “suddenly” something in one of them that takes my fancy.

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who was disappointed in this issue. Only one article really interested me – the one on Andean knitting – and while there are elements of a couple patterns I might use in other patterns, I probably won’t knit a single one of the included patterns as is. Unusual, for Interweave.

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