Monday, May 14, 2007

IK Summer 07 review

The Summer issue of Interweave Knits hits the newsstands soon. As a subscriber, I've had my copy for almost two weeks now, and here's what I think:

- the cover is nice. It's refreshing to see that IK is not doing knitted bikinis or totally impractical items like shirts full of holes.

1824 blouson - kind of cute.

sleeveless tuxedo shirt - nice idea, but who wants their bra / cami showing like that?

notre dame de grace pullover - I've already started this one. Perhaps the best design in this issue.

josephine top - the cap sleeves are a nice touch, but I don't think this would look good on anyone curvier.

little smocked cardigan - I'd make this longer, but otherwise it's a very pretty design. It would have been nice to get a picture of the dress that inspired this!

wing top - um, right. I'm dying to make a transparent top with no straps so my boobs can hang in plain sight. And what's up with the flappy piece?

lutea lace-shoulder shell - very clever design, and quite wearable. But couldn't the model have found a bra that wasn't red?

wheat-ear cable yoke - pretty, but not very practical. When will knitting designers understand that some of us need / want / like to wear bras, and we don't want all the bra straps showing?

lacy yoga bags - cute, and more practical than most designs here.

origami cardi - interesting idea, but I don't think it looks particularly flattering. And it leaves uncovered exactly the part of the back that needs to be kept warm. Let's categorize this one as art.

summertime tunic - looks like a nice project for beginners.

motorcycle chica gloves - art again; fresh idea, but not too practical.

garter stitch pup - I was so disappointed to see the size doesn't go up to "65 pound huge Standard Poodle". Why should only small yappy dogs get to wear this? Seriously, this is ridiculous.

luvtroja mans - art. You must really love someone (or really love yourself) to make a big sweater on size 2 and 1 1/2 needles. I'm sure it can be adapted to bigger needles.

hand-in-hand cable sweaters - pretty and classic.

syncopated caps - looks like a great way to use up left-over yarn from socks!

oriel lace blouse - please excuse me while I go out to buy 6 skeins of Alchemy Silken Straw at $26 each (you don't need my amazing math skills to know that this makes $156) to make a transparent lace blouse. What the hell. The most annoying part is that I actually like this blouse, but I can't figure out how much of its charm is due to the pattern and how much it's due to the yarn. Should I bother to substitute?

montego bay scarf - A stretched picture would have been nice. I can't tell what this scarf looks like!

ogee lace skirt - totally impractical, but looks like fun.

spiral boot socks - nice, nice...

lace chuppah - that's one big piece of knitting... this falls into the heirloom and art categories.

So that's it. I don't think I'll be making anything from this issue (notre dame de grace doesn't count, as it's on hold now). Maybe the spiral socks? But I don't need socks right now, and I have about a billion sock patterns already in the queue.