Catchup and Birthday Wishes

First, hop over to Soapbox and wish A a happy birthday! She is holdng a contest — have a great day today, then tell her about it, and possibly win some sock yarn! I’m hoping that she’ll have a great day today as well.

Secondly, Kristin (Kristin Knits!) left me a comment to post about my Celtic Dreams. I know I was a very negligent blogger last week!

Anyway, I didn’t get to work on CD much this week, but I am finally almost through the third body repeat.

celtic dreams body
celtic dreams body, 2 rows left on third repeat

Third, I ordered some additional cables and needle tips from Knit Picks and they finally arrived last week. I ordered a 47″ cable so that I could put DH’s sweater on a longer needle.

dh's sweater + boris
boris inspects DH’s sweater

Except when I put the sweater on the new cable, I discovered that my gauge was a lie. I pulled the sweater bottom over DH’s head and held it at his waist. There was what I would call 8-12″ of ease there. Yes, eight to twelve inches of ease. Ugh.

a frog for DH
a-frogging we will go

DH was a little cranky after the trying on. “Does this mean you have to rip it out again?” “Can’t you just taper in now and leave the bottom wide?”

Sorry honey, but no. I will have to restart this sweater soon.

My fourth and final point: I hate the new Interweave Knits layout. It is similar to Vogue Knitting and Rowan, where they have “themes” and showcase a subset of the patterns together, and then have the pattern writeup at the back of the magazine. I dislike this method generally, but at least VK and Rowan do it well.

The problem with IK is that they did not do it well. It is hard to tell what is an advertisement and what is the new pattern groupings. Also, the way they grouped the patterns together in this particular issue is ridiculous — “Plum Cake”?! There seem to be fewer images of the projects, the pattern writeup is separated over pages with advertisements thrown in (making it easier to miss a part of a pattern — this happened infrequently with the old layout), and it’s easier for me to miss a pattern now.

It probably doesn’t help that I really only see two patterns here that I like enough to make — Grumperina’s socks and the Bauhaus Fair Isle. I do like Jodi Green’s pattern and Véronik Avery’s pattern as well, but I can’t see myself making either of them.

IK and Spin-Off are the only two crafting magazines I am subscribed to these days. I gave up on Rowan and VK — they seldom have a pattern that I must make, so I only pick them up as needed. I hope this does not mean that I will have to drop my IK subscription when renewal comes up in the fall.

12 Comments so far

  1. Kristin on February 10th, 2007

    Wow! That certainly seems like a lot of knitting to me. It is beautiful! :) Thanks!

  2. Kristina on February 10th, 2007

    Celtic Dreams is really coming along! I don’t always love cabling, but I do love the way it looks. Too bad about your husband’s sweater. :( Better to find out sooner rather than later, though.

  3. Elinor on February 10th, 2007

    I’ve given up on IK because I’ve found some discrepancies in their patterns that weren’t accounted for in the corrections. It’s too risky to be a test knitter for their patterns, I think.

    Too bad you have to rip the sweater. That really sucks. I hope the next time will work!! I can’t imagine using a 47″ needle. It must be true love!

  4. Andrea on February 10th, 2007

    Thanks! :)

    Wow… CD is looking awesome!

  5. gleek on February 10th, 2007

    oh no, i’m a bit frightened to get my new IK now. you’re the second person to remark on their new format and personally i was a big fan of the old layout because it was different from all the others. sigh. we’ll see!

  6. Dawn on February 10th, 2007

    I have to say that I totally agree with you about the IK layout. What were they thinking. There was nothing wrong with the old layout. I had a hard time disserning pattern from advertisement as well. Oh well, I’m not an editor. . . but if I were!

  7. stacey on February 10th, 2007

    that’s too bad about the sweater, but that is a lot of ease!!!!

    i agree on IK – i couldn’t tell what was an ad and what wasn’t!

  8. Holly Jo on February 11th, 2007

    Your celtic dreams just looks so beautiful. I know I say it every time I see more of it, but I do love it.

    All I have to say about the IK thing is….”I can’t hear you. I can’t hear you.” I don’t want to know – I loved that magazine and now I will hate it. *sigh* Big bummer.

  9. Julie on February 11th, 2007

    I’m agreeing about the new IK too. It seems scattered and jumbled. I couldn’t believe how fast the articles started, I didn’t realize at first that they were the articles… Some of the ads do look like they’re “in” the magazine and vice versa, hard to decipher. Rather disappointing. Is it my imagination or are there more ads in weird places than before?

    Celtic Dreams is looking lovely!

  10. Rocksolana on February 11th, 2007

    I have to agree about your comments regarding the new IK layouts. As a matter of fact, I left comments on their website just yesterday saying almost the same thing you did. Maybe if lots of knitters did the same, they would go back to the old layout or at least something more user friendly. Their old layout was one of the reasons I subscribed to the magazine rather than Vogue.
    Celtic Dreams is looking beautiful. I’ve been eyeing that pattern for a while and this could be the inspiratin I needed.

  11. Ashley on February 11th, 2007

    Augh–8-12 inches? I hate when gauge betrays you like that! Cd is looking so great–you are really chugging away on it!

  12. Diane E. on February 15th, 2007

    Oooo, love the color you chose for your CD sweater!What yarn is it? I think I may change tactics and start on a sleeve to get back into it. I also was very interested in all the Rov. Mitten class details and I would love to take that class someday. Thanks for commenting!