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August 28, 2005

Fall Vogue Knitting

Today I took my first perusal through this fall's issue of Vogue Knitting.  Let me tell you, my friends, I was pleasantly surprised -- finding lots of interesting tidbits along with several patterns I'd love to knit.  Here are several of my top picks:

  1. The Knitting Map - In Cork Ireland the Half/Angel performance company is working on a year long knitting installation.  During 2005, GPS devices measure the movement of things -- cars, people, weather -- throughout the city of Cork.  These movements are then automatically translated into knitting patterns, which 50 people -- at a time -- sit around and knit.  This continues every day for the entire year.  nona's not sure if this is genius or utter craziness.  But heck,  I'd volunteer to be a knitter -- at least for a few days -- if I was passing through Cork.   
  2. Turkish Cast On - Meg Swanson describes how to work a Turkish Cast On -- an invisible way to cast on for a closed end piece of knitting.  Think sock toe.   And yes, I've already experimented with this little goodie, which works like a charm.  I'll be using this cast on method for my Sockapal-2-za socks.  If you're a sock knitter, this how-to article is worth the price of the magazine!

  3. Pattern #11 -- I'm diggin this big chunky sweater with the delicate mohair ruffle.

Now nona tries to avoid the negative, but I am so, so, absolutely so tired of those "Knit Care" full page advertisements of the teenage girls in their bathing suits.   Please enough is enough -- if I promise to buy one of your products will you stop running these ads?

What was your take, opinionated knitter, on this issue of Vogue Knitting?

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I am so with you on that chunky knit with the mohair ruffle/trim thing on the bottom and sleeves. I actually have that one on my blog as one of my favorites as well. I also liked several of those chunky little knits, but not so much that they made it on my "must knit" list. Other things I really liked were the embroidered gloves and the purple bell sleeve sweater. I don't have the magazine in front of me right now or I'd be able to give page references... sorry.

Posted by: Jeanie | Aug 28, 2005 11:30:41 PM

I was surprised how much I liked it, actually, because I'm normally underwhelmed by Vogue Knitting - I thought the Turkish Cast on article was genius, because I'm always looking for easier ways to start toe-up socks. Surprisingly, I liked


the cabled sweater with a drawstring neck and


the colorblock intarsia turtleneck enough that I thought this issue was more than worth the price of admission. Perhaps I'm warming up to VK after all.

Posted by: Donna | Aug 29, 2005 4:17:05 AM

The knitting map! I participated in the test-knit (hahah) of it in 2004. I went to a yarn show in Dublin and they had one running just for the venue (GPS measured the movement around the building) and translated it into a pattern. There were chairs in a circle each with a Mac, and you hit the foot peadal to get your pattern, grabbed the yarn/needle/knitting on the chair and went to it! Read the monitor at your feet and chat to the other knitters. It was WAY cool. I did one pattern repeat--the other knitters around were much much faster.

I'll have to check out how the project is going!

Posted by: suzanne | Aug 29, 2005 5:00:31 AM

I've used the Turkish cast-on already too, and think I'm in love! Another one of those sheer-brilliance, knitting-magic kind of things.

Posted by: Deb | Aug 29, 2005 6:51:30 AM

I haven't seen the new Vogue yet, but wanted to ask you: which do you like better, Vogue Knitting or Interweave Knits?

Posted by: Zarah | Aug 29, 2005 7:35:39 AM

I whole-heartedly second your opinion on the Knit Care ad ... I don't know why, but I just feel so embarrassed for the girls every time I see the ad!

Posted by: Agnes | Aug 29, 2005 8:45:53 AM

I haven't checked out the Vogue Knitting yet, but I'll have to get it for the Turkish Cast on. Thanks for the tip and the review.

Posted by: Purly Whites | Aug 29, 2005 11:43:45 AM

The knit care ads are what give knitting a bad name, the suits are hideous. Please friends don't let friends knit ugly.

Posted by: Lisa | Aug 29, 2005 1:53:34 PM

Just got mine and set down with it staight away. I love the shawl section. My Mum is in need of a new one. I think the Cashmere would be lovely.
I am glad to have you back and blogging again. I missed reading it. I am originally from California (Sacramento) and my youngest daughter attends University in Los Angeles, so it is great to hear from your side of the world. Molly

Posted by: Molly Callahn | Aug 29, 2005 1:57:26 PM

I second your opinion that it is a good issue. It has a little bit of everything, and a minimal amount of ugly. The skirt made of hexagons (#6), while I would never wear it, is very creative. The drawstring neck sweater (#9) is pretty and feminine. The vest patterns give you classic shapes that you could adapt to many different looks.

The negatives? The Cabled Jacket (#13) looks like a total ripoff (with simplification) of Teva Durham's Cabled Riding Jacket from Loop-d-Loop. And, yes, those Knit Care ads. We have all seen knitted swimsuits by now, advertisers, please stop using them to show us how "edgy" you are. Yuck.

Posted by: Jen M | Aug 29, 2005 2:27:07 PM

I had mixed reviews of the new VK. It was better than my expectations, having more than a few things I might want to make up or steal the stitch pattern for a scarf or somesuch. Then there were some really silly things. As I at work (for shame), I can't give a real lowdown. I agree completely on those Knit Care ads. Every knitter in the known universe has seen them. Enough already. Thanks for noting it!

Posted by: jillian | Aug 29, 2005 3:05:38 PM

I loved that sweater too. And I sooo hear you on those stupid ads. I haven't actually tried the cast-on, but I'll have to on my next pair of socks. Love a new technique :)

Posted by: Vicki | Aug 29, 2005 6:23:21 PM

I flipped through VK at the magazine stand and like the #11 as you but missed the Turkish cat-on. I'll go back and get a second look. Thanks for pointing that out.

Posted by: Siow Chin | Aug 29, 2005 11:50:13 PM

This is my first time with VK, and I am really enjoying it. I'll certainly buy it again. Not that I have tried the Turkish cast on yet, but I intend to. I hardly ever seem to knit anything from these magazines I buy (except the sock patterns in IK), but they are wonderful resources, and sources of inspiration.

The piece in this magazine that I wish I had designed myself is the Anna Sui suit on page 85. I am wrestling with myself over whether to give this skirt a try. My heart says 'yes', my head says 'baggy bottom.'

Posted by: anna | Sep 5, 2005 1:15:56 PM

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