Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The New Issue of Knitter's Magazine Has Arrived...

...and it has reinforced my decision to cancel my subscription.

Not that I'm criticizing them--I've been subscribing for a very long time and they have provided me with some pretty amazing sweaters.  It's just that since knitting has become "trendy" the patterns have become "trendy," and if I am going to spend a year or two (you never know here at WIP Central) working on a sweater, I want it to still be in style by the time I finish it. Provided that I ever do, of course. 

So, I flipped through the magazine, noticed there isn't a single thing I will ever knit, and put it in the bookshelf in the sewing room.  Why not just throw it out?  I was raised by packrats.  It's true. My parents moved into their house when I was 4, and until last summer when their basement was flooded, there were still boxes that hadn't been unpacked since they moved it 30+ years before.  They kept everything.  Somewhere down there, my Ballerina Barbie whose face was half chewed off by a mouse probably still exists--along with a Malibu Barbie who had some sort of tragic run-in with Silly Putty and was never the same since.  It's just impossible to rate the nostalgia value of such items....

So, my magazines go into the shelf until a point about two years hence when I will get frustrated with the overflowing shelves and sit down to sort through all of my old knitting magazines, and if I make it through more than two or three without dropping everything to cast on some MUST HAVE pattern lurking since June of 98, I may finally donate the magazine with all it's "so '09" patterns to the library.

Who says I don't have a system?

3 comments:

Abby said...

I abandoned Interweave Knits after one year. Trendy just doesn't look good on me.

RobinH said...

I will see your trendy knitting magazines and raise you a book of knitting patterns published in the 1970s. If you ever want to knit a garment that looks like a person being digested by a shag rug, talk to me...

tinebeest said...

I am still avidly collecting patterns and mags, but only if I can look at them first, then decide that more than 1 pattern in there can be made into something nice for me, and will stand the test of time. I have to say I've never been a trend follower, I prefer the timeless classic style nowadays (instead of previously my timeless baggy style).

The only problem is that both The Knitter and Yarn Forward are monthly publications that qualify according to my collection policy. And I don't have time to knit. Am seriously considering resignation "to spend more time with my knitting"...