Yesterday, on my way to a meeting for work, I stopped by Barnes and Noble. I hadn’t checked out any knitting books or magazines in a couple of months. I found the new Interweave and the "hip" Vogue magazine (I don’t remember what it’s called, but it’s little). I learned two things. 1. I’m officially no longer "hip" or "cool". I looked at the Vogue magazine and just felt old. There were some cute things in there, but nothing I would wear. 2. I thrive off books and magazines and blogs for inspiration. I knew that already (or I wouldn’t have a blog and have so many daily reads), but it was nice to get the reminder. There were some nice things in Interweave, but most importantly, it got me all excited about my knitting again.
I also found a new book that I need. I thought I would like it based on the description, I’ve just been waiting for it to come out. Last Minute Knitted Gifts. There are SO many great things in there. Literally something for just about everyone. Not only are there great patterns, but there are great wrapping ideas and excellent color advice, too. And, they are divided by the estimated time it will take to complete them, perfect for my procrastinatin’ self. I almost caved and bought it today, but I knew I had seen it cheaper online, so I will order it and wait anxiously for it’s arrival.
Oh, one more thing, thank you for your comments yesterday. I thought I’d get slammed for that post but was pleasantly surprised by the nice comments. Thanks!
Oh, now I can’t wait for my book to get here. I ordered the knit gift book without seeing anything in it, wasn’t sure I would like it, but now I am excited to finally see it. I couldn’t find it anywhere in town to look through the pages.
I also got the new Vogue Knitting Accessorize book. It has some lovely items that would work as gifts. I plan to use it for teachers gift ideas.
I get frustrated at the sniping that goes on about people’s beliefs. No, I don’t share yours, nor do I understand them, but its your blog, your space, and your right to post as you do. I’m glad you didn’t get sniped at.
I ordered the “Last Minuted Knitted Gifts” book too…ages ago. If it doesn’t come soon, it really WILL be last minute knitted gifts!!!
I love Interweave Knits. It’s funny, I used to knit in high school and LOVED Vogue Knitting. But now (I’m 28) when I look at it, all I see are clothes that will be out of style next year! IK is a beautiful mix of fine technique, elegant designs and quality yarns.
Other magazines that I’ve come across seem to use technique for technique’s sake. Things like, “let’s make an entire sweater out of bobbles!” or “let’s make an entire sweater out of short rows!”… I just don’t find it intellectually or visually appealing. Enough ranting, back to reading!
I was in a fashion arts program in high school. We were encouraged to read Vogue magazine and “keep up” on the latest trends. One thing I came to realize was that these outfits are for the very few people who are at the height of fashion. The clothes are often not practical and it takes a certain type of person to wear them regardless of age. My teacher at the time said you look at the designs for inspiration or as a stepping off point for something more practical. I think you’ve got the right idea. Don’t feel old when reading them as many 18 year olds wouldn’t be wearing that stuff either.
Thanks for your comment on my blog. Although I didn’t vote for GWB, my husband did, and I feel the same way about the sniping going on. Time to move on….
ooh, last minute knitted gifts looks great! That’s totally on my wish list for Christmas. and I know what you mean about Vogue.
and by the way, you are totally hip and cool. I’ve met you in person, and I know you are!! 🙂