Who would have thought? I absolutely love the latest issue of Vogue Knitting, a magazine I have had a love-hate relationship with for almost twenty years. Lately, I have felt it was full of fashionista patterns that would be dated before they were even off the needles, and not worth the cover price.
Just when I had given up hope entirely, this issue has a terrific article on the history of sock knitting, as well as inspired designs for special socks from - count them - EIGHT famous designers... this must be a first for VK, eight pair of sock patterns in one issue, including Meg Swanson's re-interpretation of her mother, Elizabeth Zimmerman's unique arch-shaped stockings, and equally special designs by Cat Bordhi, Nancy Bush, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, and a few others.
I would be completely content with that, but there's a lot more... real and interesting articles about knitting and knitters, including an interview with Norah Gaughan, whose book, Knitting Nature is different than anything I have seen recently in the world of knitting (hint to kids to buy for mama for her birthday), and a how-to on doing entrelac. This issue is well worth grabbing.
I really want to make this great cardi, designed by Margaret O'Leary, whose sweaters have been featured in the Sundance catalog, at prices well beyond my budget, for several years... I was thinking of substituting Knitpicks' Andean Silk, a blend of alpaca, silk and merino, for the Trendsetter "Kashmir" (cashmere/silk) called for...
And I am absolutely adoring these too cute baby shoes, found at the toy store where DD started a second, part-time job... they will be shipped off to grandbaby Mia shortly, along with the Sheep In A Jeep tale I found last month.
Behind them is my new tote bag and purse for "Knitting-Go-To-Meeting". Since I want to continue to champion the cause that knitting at public meetings is NOT unprofessional, I decided to trial Knitpicks' new tote system... so far I can say that the purse works well as a purse, although it would probably work better if I didn't try to cram so much in (maybe a slimmer, NEW digital camera would help). This is the medium tote, and I don't think I would want to lug around the large, attached to my purse, attached to a shoulder strap, attached to me. Guess it would depend on how much I tried to cram into it as well, but the large might make a good combo knitting tote/laptop case/brief case for all of you train-commuting knitters. And the price is great! These appear to be hardy microfiber bags, have durable connections, including interchangeable snap-on handles. They did a good job in designing this system!
I never expected to like Lion yarns, especially after all that Fun Fur a few years back, but I do think that this Lion cashmere is pretty nice... although I haven't put it to the true test of knitting something yet. It is a cushy-soft blend of 72% merino, 14% cashmere and 14% nylon, and seems every bit as good as Rowan's Cashsoft Aran, which I featured in a Product Review last year.
I bought the Ruffles, which is a thick ribbon of 50% merino and 50% acyrlic, after checking out this tutorial... I plan to add a row of ruffles around a pair of purchased cotton leggings to wear under winter skirts, a pattern featured in the fall issue of Knit 1.
I am also quite pleased with some black Knitpicks Gloss, a 70% merino, 30% silk fingering weight yarn that I ordered at the same time as the tote bag and purse, hoping to make a pair of these. Am I being overly ambitious?
I am also enchanted with this gift, a prize I won as second place in Kathy's recent contest... I think this fabulous silk laceweight will just live on my nightstand, where I can fondle and smell it, and admire the Birdsong colorway, as I am completely intimidated by how fine the thread is! Even the package is delightful, covered with chickens.... Thank you, Kathy.
OK, now it's your turn... what are some of the things you are really liking right now?