Tuesday, August 07, 2007

IK vs. VK

I got my fall issue of Interweave Knits today. Without having really looked through it in detail, I can say that there are a TON of sweaters in this issue that I really need to knit.
in order of appearance in issue
  • Placed Cable Aran (though, I'll probably have to lengthen it)

  • Tangled Yoke Cardigan (I think this is the one I most want to knit from the issue)

  • Cinnabar Pullover (I love the linen stitch on the cuffs and the high neck will keep me warm this winter!)

  • Cobblestone Pullover (you know, for the next time my brother wants a sweater...)

  • Sweet Heart Vest (cause I think I'm all about vests this year...)
This is a significant improvement from the last issue (wool hats and aran sweaters in a summer issue!?? what were they thinking!!??), and I'm pretty confident that Eunny's gonna do a great job. Even if I do miss her blog updates. I must also say, that I don't terribly mind the new layout. It makes sense. I just wish they'd go with a sans serif font for everything. I think it'd keep them edgier.

Also, I picked up a copy of the Fall 2007 issue of Vogue Knitting. I'm not a huge Vogue Knitting fan. I think they follow fashion trends too much, which makes their magazines in general too dated. I picked this one up mostly for the articles. There's an interesting one by Lilly Chin on how to knit knits that flatter yourself and another one is an interview with a bunch of knitting "celebrities." There were a couple others, but I haven't gotten to them yet. Anyway, like I did for the Fall 07 IK, I should go over the list of projects in Fall 07 VK that I'm interested in knitting. For some reason, this issue didn't strike me as much as the IK did. Maybe it's just because I'm looking for more stockinette (dude, I've been knitting texture ALL YEAR LONG!)
  • 16 Deborah Newton's honeycomb hoodie

  • 31 Gayle Bunn's Diamond Cable Tunic

  • 34 Susan Haviland's Crossover Neck Pullover (probably the only one here that i feel like I NEED to knit it it and soon!)

  • 35 Jenn Jarvis's Hooded Cable Tank

What are these?!


They're the stitch markers from Icarus!! But...you may ask, why aren't they on the needles with the rest of Icarus?

Well, that's because Icarus is no longer on the needles!!! Here she is looking like a lump of yarn on a table:

Finished Icarus pre-blocking

Yup, it only took a year to complete her, but she's finally done! I have my knowknits bag back for a new sock project and markers for any other projects (ahem, clapotis) that i might want to work on. She needs to be blocked, but that's going to have to wait until I go to Burning Man when she'll have time to laze about on my bed un-hindered by her human creator.

Well, I'd like to post on what I've started to knit (a pair of pirate socks and a clapotis), but it's going to have to wait because this is the longest week ever and I totally need some shuteye.


Beta said...

Congrats!!!! I can't wait to see it in its blocked glory.

And seriously, you MUST get over that summer issue. Move on. It wasn't that bad. haha.

PassionKNITly said...

I was just doing comparative analysis...i thought this IK was much better than the summer one. also, it seriously pissed off my logical sensors.

Rebecca said...

i just want to go on the record for saying that I like stockinette, and I don't think it automaticaly qualifies something as being boring. I find the simplest items and are the ones I wear the most. I don't want to end up with a drawer full of sweaters that were interesting to knit, but that I don't wear.

Beta said...

I respect your comparative analysis.
However, I bet if you looked at that last few winter issues and the last few summer issues, you'd find that they don't really adhere to the seasonal thing that much. I might be totally off-base here, but I've never really gotten the impression that the winter issues are devoid of summer articles or that the summer issues leave out hats, mittens, sweaters, etc. Maybe we have to agree to disagree ;)

john said...

yeah, i'd have to agree about the fashion-trendiness of VK. It's very true. They model the shoots after that of W, Vogue, Elle, etc...but it ends up not reading well to the everyday knitter.

AJ said...

Jen, I totally agree that IK has been much better than VK lately. I was very disappointed with this past VK. I don't know how everyone else feels, but I think that much of what they are publishing (pattern wise) isn't very appealing to all knitters. IK seems to have something for everyone you know? Can't wait to get my copy and see how good it is. I saw the preview and was quite happy with a couple things. I did, however, like the Lily Chin article in VK. It was pretty interesting and informative.

Congrats on your FO. Now show us some pix!