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Dear Vogue Knitting

Two posts in one week, wow.  This may be a first, but honestly, I’m too lazy to actually check!  😉

I am currently going through all of my patterns and sorting them out digitally, so I can easily find what I have and what I want or need (both on Evernote, and Ravelry, which is great for sorting out patterns).  And as I was going through my knitting magazines  (so I know what I like in them and what I don’t)  I realized something, and so I am making a note to Vogue on my discovery.

Dear Vogue Knitting:

While your patterns may not be as practical as Interweave or as easy for beginners as KnitScene, I do love the fashionably of your patterns.  They speak to the fashionista in me, and while there are some that I would never ever wear, there are those that make me want to run to my LYS and spend ungodly amounts of money on new yarn.  Also, currently, yours is the only magazine subscription I currently hold.

I have an issue though that needs to be mentioned.  Your pictures, while pretty, are less than useless.  There is a pattern I wanted to make in the Fall 2013 issue that is nothing like the picture it shows.

Picture from Vogue Knitting Fall 2013 as found on Ravelry’s project page

This top is absolutely gorgeous.  I want it for myself (maybe a bit longer, I would hate having my tummy stick out like that) but the picture is misleading.  This is actually a top AND a cowl.  Whaaaaaat?!  This would be fine if there were any other pictures to tell me this!

The pictures are wonderfully and artistically done, but they are not enough.  This is also not the only pattern like this, and I think that it explains why there are so little projects done for most of Vogue Knitting’s patterns on Ravelry.  Nobody knows what the actual product looks like because the pictures are “artsy” and not “useful”.

I’m not asking Vogue Knitting to change their identity, because we do need a more “fashionable” knitting magazine.  Of all the other knitting magazines I can think of, Vogue is the only one to stay on or ahead of the fashion curve because most try to include projects for all skill types.  What I do want is an inclusion of more detailed pictures, maybe in the back with the instructions, so I don’t have to google all over creation to find that one person who knit that piece.  There is a beautiful sweater in the magazine with a contrast panel in the front and there is not one picture of what it looks like from the back.  Apparently there is also a contrast panel in the back.  I found this out from my Ravelry organizing.  Who knew?

As I said earlier, I’m lazy.  I want to look at some pictures and knit.  I don’t want to have to dig to find out what a pattern looks like before I get the yarn, I want to know what I’m diving into.  Please add more detail pictures!

-ACoC

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Picture Heavy Post

I finally got my computer to show me where to find the pictures on the SD card, so I have some pictures to show off!

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This is the finished hat of the blue and red yarn I had earlier.  I still have tons left, so I am planning on making more, probably more red heavy this time.  I’m super happy with this one.  It was made in the Violet Waffles pattern on Ravelry.  Once I can get the links working, I’ll link it.

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This is the Hermione Hearts Ron (ooh it hurts to write that, I’m not a Hermione/Ron fan *ducks flames*) pattern on Ravelry in a yarn that I forget.  This is a fun pattern, and probably my fifteenth or sixteenth hat in this pattern.  Ususally I use Fresco, but I tried something new, and I think it worked out well.

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This is the beginning of the next hat I finished.  I don’t yet have pictures, but I did finish it last night.  I love the “pooling” that the yarn creates on the hat, and I’m sure that the recipient will love it as well.  Yay!

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This is how much I had leftover from the socks, but I managed to finish the hat with only a few only a few yards left.  I’ll get pictures when I take pictures of the finished hat.

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I went out to my LYS to pick up more of the What the Foqua? yarn just in case.  I ended up not needing it, but when I was almost done winding it, I found a cut piece.  While I was there, I ended up picking up more skeins.

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These are Lucky and Cattywampus.  I love both of them, and I haven’t even knit them up yet.  I did wind up Cattywampus, but not Lucky yet.  Greens and blues are my favorite, so Lucky is something I am looking forward to knitting.

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This is Biscotte & Cie Felix Self-Striping socks.  I love this.  This sock is wonderful.  I’m working on the second right now.  The only issue I have with these socks is that the red is a bit overwhelming, the orange is lost and the yellow isn’t quite yellow enough, which you can’t tell here very well.  The blue and green need to be a bit longer, but I was beside myself when the heel flap took just enough to make the first joined row the purple, which was the next color in the row.  The one I’m currently working on the same thing happened, but it was a blue row, because I didn’t start in the same place on the skein, which I am totally okay with.  I actually like my socks mismatched.  Saves me from SSS!  (Second Sock Syndrome, for those who don’t know.  It’s when you make one and then loose steam on the second.  It happens sometime in sewing too.)  These socks are still a bit too short for me, so I’ll probably keep them around for my Christmas pile for my mother.  I’m going to be making more for me, but I think my mother would be over the moon about these.

Next time:  A finished hat, maybe two rainbow socks, maybe the start of a new hat, and maybe some casting on of new socks.  Also, I may get my sewing room cleaned enough for some new sewing projects!  I have some fabric that I am dying to use!  Ambitious, I know, but I have high hopes for this year.

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I have a new goal.  I think I can do it.  I want to post at least three posts a month.  Starting this month, May, I shall be posting three posts a month.  I’m hoping having a goal will get me in the habit of actually posting my projects.

I am currently deep cleaning my apartment, mostly because in the space of a few months, two windows have broken in a bad storm, our A/C has broken, and our garbage disposal has gone kaput.  In order to have repair men over, my boyfriend has insisted (with good reason) that we clean our place.  So that has taken up a lot of my time.

However, I have been busy.  I have finished a pair of socks.  Sorry, they went to a friend who lives in NYC, so I have no pictures.  I also have finished two hats and a sock.

Unfortunately, I cant seem to figure out how to get things off of my SD card onto my computer.  I got a “new” computer and it’s currently running Linux, and I don’t quite know how to work it yet.   So I’ll try to figure it out this weekend, and maybe I’ll get pictures by Tuesday.

See you later!

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May 9, 2014 · 8:42 pm