Vlad the Impaler didn't crotchet his own ear-flapped bobble hats. And neither should you.
*UPDATE....ZABET TELLS ME ACTUALLY, THIS LUGH ISSUE WAS A LITTLE LATER THAN PLANNED. IN FUTURE THE ANTICRAFT WILL BE PUBLISHING THEIR ISSUE A MONTH BEFORE THE EVENT THEY ARE NAMED FOR, E.G THE SAMHAIN ISSUE IS DUE ON SEP 1ST SO PEOPLE CAN MAKE THEIR GARMENTS IN TIME FOR THE SEASON
'Nuff Said!! Then my favourite design, simple but beautifully thought out shawl Wa na na na na na na na Bat Shawl!
And for sheer quirkiness, this Fuck Off I'm Reading book mark appeals to me
Lastly, this bag uses a very similar stitch effect to the ones I am working on at the moment. I decided to delve into my vintage archives and revive a few stitches that seem to have been buried and forgotten since the 1970's. I think in those days, yarn that we could afford was of such poor quality and in such dull shades that the only thing to do on socks and stuff was to come up with an interesting texture pattern. A lot of patterns as well, were for skirts and jackets and as the fashion was for tweedy fabrics knitting would imitate woven fabric for garments you didn't want to stretch and which needed a bit of extra thickness on the surface for warmth. So I am currently looking into tweedy and herringbone type stitches, and ones with an oblique effect.
That always happens to me. I do a bit of research, start designing something that perhaps no-one else is using, and then blow me if it doesn't suddenly crop up in a published pattern just before I was about to bring out something that might look a bit different!
I just love this issue of Knit on the net and out of all the online magazines this is the first this year to impress me with its cohesive fashion story. Normally an online magazine will have a list of individual designs, all interesting in their own right, but perhaps not as a collection. These designs fit together beautifully. However, I say this with a designer's hat on, and I suspect that knitters themselves, just scan on line magazines and free patterns for those items they wish to knit up and wear, and the more they like, however disjointed the themes are, the more they will praise a magazine. Knit on the Net is subtle, and it is growing on me.
I particularly love this design on the left Tropicana by Just Call Me Ruby. The use of a lovely warm glowing sort of yellow (height of fashion of course) and its flattering shape to a curvy body!
Also, there were some interesting features including one about self publishing Going Indie by my online knitting mentor Woolly Wormhead. It is a great introduction to self publishing with ideas about starting out and writing up your knitting patterns, I would love to see a Part 2 written though, where she outlines a guide to self publishing a collection as a book! Are you going to do one Woolly when you've brought out your next book?
Don't give away all your secrets though!
I liked the feature by Henrietta Dups From Catwalk to Cast On, I would have loved to see a bibliography list or list of refs with regard to the Catwalk stuff, as a non fashion student myself like many knitters, I don't have a clue on how to get resources of latest fashion trends unless it is sent out to me by Vogue!
Knit on the net also includes interviews with designers or yarn producers ,as well as yarn and book reviews.
Do have a look at Gudrun Johnston's interview as it contains a lot of interesting edgy stuff with a traditional basis but the little image on the list of features, and the title of the article really doesn't invite you to open that option.
Really, there is such a lot going on out there. Who said that knitting was just for winter eh?