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There's a new issue of MagKnits out today. From the types of patterns featured, and the text of some of them, it kind of looks like they might be holdovers from the April issue that didn't happen, but a few of the offerings are nice.

In particular, I like these:
* The Judith pullover -- a nice straightforward lightweight hoodie, with waist shaping, and interesting collar and cuff details. It looks like the first picture was reversed, though, since the placket has switched sides from the way it is in the second picture and the schematic. If you work it, note that the gauge is a post-blocking gauge, and don't skimp on your swatching.
* The Sandia watermelon hat -- that is just sweet.
* The Jumpin' Gym boy's sweater -- this is just awesome. Boys' patterns that aren't just plain are more difficult to find than girls' patterns anyway, and this is really cute while being definitely boyish as written (although it'd be easy enough to sub different choices for a girly-girl's sweater on the same pattern). The season for this has pretty much passed, but it's not like it won't ever get cold again.

The other offerings, I'm somewhat less charmed by, but there's nothing dreadful. The Reptilian scarf mmmmmmight be interesting, but you can't really tell from the pictures used; I wish you could see the stitch pattern more clearly. And the Stafford bag is at least an interesting shape, just not to my taste.

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sempereadem
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Is there anything wrong with the fact that I'm glad my subscription to Vogue Knitting is expiring next issue? I originally subscribed because there were at least two or three patterns in every issue that I could dig and that I could actually picture knitting one day.

And then, the Holiday 2005 issue showed up in my mailbox.

There is ONE pattern that I could see myself knitting if I was really bored and feeling a lot of Presbyterian Goth Angst. I mean, seriously. What exactly is THIS THING supposed to be? Oh, I know it's supposed to be a coat, but it looks like a Fraggle exploded on her. And for those of you who get the magazine, what about those THINGS on page 83 and 86? And the cover sweater? How unflattering is that? There's a reason they didn't put those on the web preview.

If I'm just missing some cutting-edge fashion, somebody let me know, so I don't feel left out, but otherwise, VK isn't getting any more of my money.

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The other night while I was buying groceries at the local Albertson's I found a knitting book (up in the front with all the 'great recipes' and 'your horoscope' books). The cover says "Simple 1-2-3 Knitting Scarves". It's a little half size magazine book. I flipped through it quickly and then threw it into my basket. It looked like it had $4 worth of inspiration in it. Especially since I'm in the middle of a stash-buster scarf frenzy! (My stash is just full of cool yarns that I only bought 1 of! Why do I do that?!?)
It's totally worth the $3.99 it cost me. The first 20+ pages are knitting instructions. Cast ons, how to knit, how to purl. I can't objectively judge the quality of these instructions because I learned to knit many years ago. I did learn a new cast on I hadn't tried before :)
Then there are 27 scarf patterns. Sideways garter, regular garter, fringed on one side, boas, cables, even a mobieus!
The supplies needed are given twice, once as a generic (this many yards of bulky yarn) and then as a 'we used this' brand name list.
For $3.99 plus tax, this is the best purchase I've made all week!!

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