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Boondoggled
Chatty Knitter

USA
305 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2005 :  1:08:50 PM  Show Profile Send Boondoggled a Private Message
I just got a copy (http://www.knitscene.com/) yesterday. We shall call this IK meets VK.

First, the size (about 1/3 shorter than a regular magazine) is totally great! Very convenient to tote around. Why didn't someone think of this before?

Second, the lay out was similar to VK with the patterns in the back. The patterns also had levels: one "just the basics" two "ready to move past scarves", etc. Personally not a fan of either. It's nice to see who designed what without flipping. The "levels" are sort of annoying and often sort of arbitrary (but admittedly handy for new knitters).

Third (and most important): To me, the patterns were pretty ho-hum. Not even that I did not like them, just they were not very inspiring. But that's just me. Mainly (young) ladies patterns, only one (very basic) sock pattern, and maybe 2 or 3 men's patterns. Nothing really for kids, but a hat taken straight from EZ. If you like Teva Durham, she has a totally crazy sweater, I cannot even begin to explain. Also, there was a strange and excessive use of Naturewolle towards the end.

This is peevish, but there was an XOX sweater that was so sloppily knit, I was depressed. Most of us have probably ripped things back for messier stitching than that. But here was messy mess in a magazine!!! Gasp! Really, time pressure to get the thing finished does not excuse this type of thing for me.

Overall this seemed to be geared to the trendy just started knitting crowd (not that there's anything wrong with that).

A fun look through overall, since it has a different vibe than IK, but if you are on a budget, skim it first.

Anyone else have thoughts?

booglass
Permanent Resident

Costa Rica
1987 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2005 :  2:48:53 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
I like the patterns. They are not frumpy and boring......they have style without being unwearable. Oh geez, my to knit list just grew again! I am going to have to give up sleep and my job to get it all done!

Check out my blog:
http://www.booglass.typepad.com
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Tangled Jane
Seriously Hooked

Canada
750 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2005 :  02:07:43 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tangled Jane's Homepage Send Tangled Jane a Private Message
No need to buy the magazine. Every one of the patterns are available online at
http://www.knitscene.com/projects.asp#1

All printable. Amazing.

http://www.janethornley.com/journal_knitters.php

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Atavistic
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6604 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2005 :  04:06:48 AM  Show Profile  Visit Atavistic's Homepage Send Atavistic a Private Message
I can't get 1, 4, 6....and many others to print.


Amanda

"Is that my Not-Mine Sweater? Whoever gets that Not-Mine Sweater is very lucky."
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knittin away
Seriously Hooked

880 Posts

Posted - 10/19/2005 :  05:01:22 AM  Show Profile
The patterns are NOT all available on line - only select ones, which number quite a few.
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KarenB
Seriously Hooked

750 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  10:08:40 AM  Show Profile Send KarenB a Private Message
I'm with Boondoggled. ZZZzzzzzzz.

Karen
My knitting photos: http://photobucket.com/albums/a100/karenknits/
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hobbitknitter
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USA
2285 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  12:31:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit hobbitknitter's Homepage Send hobbitknitter a Private Message
I'm actually totally psyched- not a fan of all of the patterns, but OMG the sideways rib cardi is like PERFECT for the alpaca/ soy silk yarn I'm spinning! yeah!!!
And there are a few others I'd knit... and they're all cool to look at (yay eye candy!) A lot of them would be really fantastic with just a few changes, from what I see (change the yarn for the ribbon candy to something less... elmo... and it'd be gorgeous!)
Hmm gotta get my hands on that mag!


~Sarah Elizabeth
 Spinners make the world go round.
Keep on knitting on!
~did I do something wrong, or has the world always been like this and I've been too wrapped up in myself to notice~
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booglass
Permanent Resident

Costa Rica
1987 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  2:59:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit booglass's Homepage Send booglass a Private Message
I really love the Chanel inspired jacket. The pattern is available online and is a good alternative for me and my many magazines subscriptions, including interweave knits. So I don't feel so guilty.

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CPAknit
Seriously Hooked

USA
738 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  4:01:10 PM  Show Profile  Visit CPAknit's Homepage Send CPAknit a Private Message
I liked some of the patterns- and not others- not unusual- we all have different tastes. There were 11 that can be downloaded. They are marked by the "on the web" box near the picture of the pattern

Cindy
http://cpaknit.typepad.com/can_a_cpa_be_a_knitter_ca/
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Tangled Jane
Seriously Hooked

Canada
750 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  6:08:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tangled Jane's Homepage Send Tangled Jane a Private Message
I love the shrug. That shrug is gorgeous. I can't get the magazine here, yet. I'll buy it for sure. To me, even the ads are worth having a magazine for. i'm eagerly awaiting the extreme knitting special due to come out soon.

http://www.janethornley.com/journal_knitters.php


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knittynoddy
Gabber Extraordinaire

460 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  7:07:13 PM  Show Profile  Visit knittynoddy's Homepage Send knittynoddy a Private Message
Jane-

I ship to Canada (Internationally, to where ever USPS will ship!), and currently still have a couple copies in stock

By itself (without yarn), it can go via Airmail Letter Post. So, come visit our store if you don't want to wait for it to appear there!

(I hope it's OK to mention this here...)
Evelyn

Knitty Noddy
www.knitty-noddy.com
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sanity101
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
594 Posts

Posted - 10/20/2005 :  7:55:11 PM  Show Profile  Visit sanity101's Homepage Send sanity101 a Private Message
hehe, the thing I was most struck by was the (decidedly not knitted) skirt the model wears in the textured coat photo. I want.

Other than that, some of it isn't bad looking, but most of the un-ugly stuff seems to be of the simple variety one finds online for free. Hardly enough to buy a magazine for it.

The twin set is cute

-C
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Mermaid Knits
Permanent Resident

USA
1129 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  04:22:53 AM  Show Profile  Visit Mermaid Knits's Homepage Send Mermaid Knits a Private Message
cool. Sadly have to run to work, but will be fun to explore this website and magazine.

See a red coat that looks great.
Arctic-mermaid
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Momo
Seriously Hooked

635 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  3:24:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit Momo's Homepage Send Momo a Private Message
IMO there were a couple of interesting things but by and large it's pretty disappointing for me. I think mostly it's because they billed themselves as being for the spirited knitter. That made me think adventurous and daring which these patterns are not. Somehow I also got the idea in my head that there would be more of a mixing of crochet and knit.

But what really kept me from buying this issue: the patterns were all in the back. I hate that.

Do you think this is supposed to be the IK's Knit1 clone?

Cheers,

Charc

My Blog: Kung Fu Knitting
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qtpieknitter
Gabber Extraordinaire

Canada
583 Posts

Posted - 10/28/2005 :  6:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send qtpieknitter a Private Message
elann.com just posted it in the what's new section

"A gifted teacher is as rare as a gifted doctor, and makes far less money."
Anonymous
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kimkrafty
Permanent Resident

USA
2145 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2005 :  2:39:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit kimkrafty's Homepage Send kimkrafty a Private Message
Clearly, I am not in the target audience for this magazine.

I did, however, like the back of the Textured Coat http://www.knitscene.com/photos/project34.asp .

I wish there were a better picture of the front of it. If I see the magazine in the store, I'll flip through it to see if the printed photo of the front is larger. It's still quite doubtful that I will purchase this issue.

Maybe I'll like something in the next edition.

Kimberly, knitting in VA
http://kimberlyskorner.blogspot.com
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RoseByAny
Permanent Resident

USA
12598 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2005 :  2:44:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
The cover shot is the front of the coat.

"Choose your friends by their character and your socks by their color. Choosing your socks by their character makes no sense, and choosing your friends by their color is unthinkable."
http://RoseByAny.BlogSpot.Com
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NCmusiclady
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
541 Posts

Posted - 10/29/2005 :  3:22:22 PM  Show Profile Send NCmusiclady a Private Message
I'm a fairly new knitter and did not like the magazine - saw it yesterday at my LYS...if it is their answer to the Knit.1, then they have more work to do.

I thought it would be laid out similar to the Interweave Knits magazine - which I like a lot - even though I can't knit many of the patterns yet.

I also didn't see any informative articles - although in all honesty, I didn't look that hard. I wasn't impressed and was disappointed.

I actually walked out with an old Family Circle Easy Knits - which I found to be a nicer magazine than the newer ones. I wonder why?
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greengirl
Seriously Hooked

Taiwan
679 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2005 :  06:37:43 AM  Show Profile Send greengirl a Private Message
Upon seeing the Flower Afghan (#23), I thought, "Wow, wonder how they knitted that one?" Duh. Downloaded the pattern, and it's crochet.
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tinkknits@aol.com
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
381 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2005 :  09:22:33 AM  Show Profile Send tinkknits@aol.com a Private Message
I got the magazine friday and saw a couple of cute things in there. I'm a magazine junkie so I will probably buy it again. Even if I don't make alot of the things in them I still enjoy reading them.

Jamie
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kbshee
Permanent Resident

USA
4153 Posts

Posted - 10/30/2005 :  09:59:20 AM  Show Profile Send kbshee a Private Message
I liked many of the things they pictured. What sort of annoys me, though, is that the magazine is a bit pricey, yet half of the patterns are available free on the web. So, I paid what, $6, for 'half' of a magazine. I don't think I'll buy it again, but who knows.

kim in oregon
http://kbshee.blogspot.com
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