OK. I'm not blasting anything here! There are cute things in this issue IF: you're a willowy young thing, you're a young thing, or you're knitting for a baby or guy
In case no one had ever noticed...I am a "woman of a certain age," and I'm VERY picky. And I rarely knit anything other than shawls - there isn't a shawl in the issue (except for one or two in the ads, and I didn't care for those). There's a heavy stocking that I wouldn't knit, but there's a listing of toe-up (my fave) sock patterns on page 60. The Cable article looks good (and I might knit the cabled hat!), and there's the Fair Isle Composed Mitts that might be worth my trying (IF I decide I ever want to do Fair Isle), and since I have no men or babies to knit for...
(You know, I looked at the IK Felt! issue last night and passed IT
by as well, because I do NOT felt much...)
I don't like most of the sweaters for the following reasons - a. I don't wear sweaters b/c it's always "way too hot in here, doncha'll think?" - that's the delight of a shawl, hot? take it off, cold? pull it on - b. I've never knit a sweater and don't have the time (or inclination) to start now and c. The sweaters are all styled for the younger gals, to my mind.
And if you think this "over-50" gal is going to wear a SWEATER DRESS? Yeah something like maybe when H-E-DoubleHockeySticks freezes over...THAT is young - and it's CUTE but it's not for me...
There is ONE sweater that MIGHT someday make my "to-do" list and that's the Minimalist Cardigan - BUT...only if I can knit it down to hip-length. My sense of fashion just looks at that sweater length and automatically says "What, you ran out of yarn??"
I know. I KNOW. I'm behind the times. So sue me - I'm over 50. I remember classics. THAT sweater ALMOST makes it...it just - falls SHORT! *wink*
I LOVE the sweater on the back cover b/c the styling is classic. Debi's
right - it's a stick-figure wearing it and I'm a long, long way from a stick figure. But I LOVE the classic styling of that sweater (and there are a couple others in the ADs that are classic, too)...I'm not saying that there's nothing worthwhile in the magazine.
But there's not a lot in the magazine for ME...there is for all you younger knitters! (and you smaller ones...)
What do you expect from a fashion magazine? And that's what IK is. Don't argue - we're all entitled to our opinions...There is gorgeous FASHION knitting between it's covers!
Here's what I think - IK IS A WONDERFUL MAGAZINE...and thankfully my queue on Ravelry is so full, I can get eye candy from this issue and not feel guilty that there's an extremely short list of stuff I might someday knit from here.
OH I really did like the cable hat! And I suspect I'll knit it and WEAR it!!!