SOCK HOP - Day 28
This is Johnny Depp. He's probably barefoot inside his pirate boots.
I stayed away from the red spirals yesterday. The number of mistakes was escalating into the realm of the truly absurd and I decided no good could come of it.
As horribly as the red spirals are progressing, that's how well the Sirdar Highlander #2 is going. I'm zooming down the leg right now without a care in the world. There's something very satisfying about big fat thick-wooled socks. Goldisox is gonna love 'em.
Dallas's beautiful sweater inspired me to dig out the fistful of sweater patterns that have been calling to me. The Celtic Cardigan is right at the top of the list. Mountain Colors has one whose name escapes me that I'm thinking about. Any number of goodies from Oat Couture. One from the old Family Circle Easy Knitting. Salt Peanuts from a back issue of Interweave Knits.
Speaking of Interweave Knits I ordered their holiday issue from Elann and it came today. There are a few interesting wristwarmer patterns in there but I'm a little disappointed in the other, more familiar, patterns. Can you spell retreads? I know some of those patterns. I'm reasonably sure one of them was in Scarf Style. And those crocheted slippers look like something I've seen before too. Okay, maybe it's just a granny square-based design that can't help looking something like every other granny square-based design but I'm not exactly convinced I got my money's worth from the magazine. Now I'm a huge IK fan. I think it's the best knitting magazine out there--at least to me it is. I had high expectations for this issue and instead I'm feeling vaguely ripped off.
And don't get me started on Vogue Knitting. The current issue arrived last week and it took me all of two minutes to see there wasn't one single thing in there I would even daydream about knitting, much less actually cast on for. Meg Swansen is the only reason I still subscribe.
Maybe the Internet and sites like Knitty have spoiled me. There's such high quality design work (not to mention the great photography) coming out of independent sources that knitting magazines just might be going the way of the dinosaur.
What do you think?