March 4th, 2009


The Knitter

Yesterday I got issue 3 of The Knitter. I had to buy it in Smith’s because my subscription apparently doesn’t start until No.4. I never did figure out which deal saved the most money. On a quick glance I thought this third issue looked to be the best one yet. On Ravelry though, people are so critical that I wonder why they buy it. The main complaint seems to be that the patterns are not ‘original’ i.e. unique to the magazine. For economy minded knitters like me, who don’t have a stash of (expensive!) Rowan magazines and a library of (expensive!) modern knitting books, these patterns are new, different and more interesting than the ones in the cheaper mags. Another complaint is the lack of articles. This suits me fine. I’m mildly interested in background stories about designers, round-ups of new yarns etc. but I’d hate to have it cluttered up with chit chat, puzzles and information about other crafts. I buy a knitting magazine because I like *knitting*.

These are my Bleeding Heart socks from Issue 2. They're fun, though goodness knows how I’m going to get on with the Turkish heel. The waste yarn is looking at me but luckily I haven’t got there yet. I’m finding it hard to concentrate at the moment so I have another, easy project on the go.
I’ll almost certainly make the Beachcomber wristwarmers from the new issue

and possibly the Cockleshell top. I especially like that both projects use easily accessible, affordable yarns. I’d like to have a go at the Moebius technique but to make baskets? What would I use them for? (Better not tell me.)