I had to go out to pick up all the bridesmaid dresses today, and while I was out I stopped by Borders for the new Interweave. And I have to confess… I was a little bit disappointed.
The Good: I love several of the designs, such as the ogee lace shirt, the josephine top, and the summertime tunic. I think I would even be tempted by that little lace skirt thing. And the sea silk scarf? I’m definitely making that. I’m all about 1 skein scarves. I still like the redesign well enough, although this issue seems a little cluttered.
The Bad: I’m going to go ahead and say it… the sizing. Three of the designs I really like (the josephine top, the ogee blouse, and the cover sweater) do not come in sizes small enough for me. It’s not like I’m asking the world – while I really would like a 32″ size, I could be happy with a 34. Don’t the Interweave editors know how many people knit the 34″ size? It’s not just this issue… I have this problem a lot with Interweave designs, both in the magazines and in their books. I really hope this is something that changes under the new editorship, because it’s been a consistent problem for me, and I know I’m not the only one. The josephine top and the lace blouse are my favorites, and now I can’t knit them without rewriting the pattern. Boo.
I am planning the summertime tunic already (I want to use up some shine sport!) and the scarf, so it isn’t a bust… and I think I could rewrite the Josephone top at least to fit me (I’d like a 34 in that, so that it has a bit of ease but not too much.)
Now that I’ve been all negative, I’ll talk about the projects I’m working on. I cast on for the ribbing of the 80s berroco sweater, and it’s going well.
My tip for working with Glace? Putting the ball in a ziploc bag, nearly closing it, and feeding the yarn out a bit at a time. This keeps the ribbon from twisting and makes the stitches nice and even.
And the shoulderette is going nicely. The color was more true in yesterday’s photo, and I think it is growing on me. Now we’ll see if I actually wear it when it’s finished!
Coming soon: my reviews of “Runway style” and “Knitting lingerie style”