The new Vogue Knitting arrived in my mailbox today. I was rather sad to see that it was, overall, fairly disappointing. I have been buying Vogue Knitting since they reintroduced it in 1982 even though I did not know how to knit at that time. I had faith that I would learn. Since I did not knit I did miss a few issues, but not many, only 2 or 3 issues are missing from my collection.
I can honestly say however, that never, in all that time, have I been as completely uninspired by any issue as I am by this one. The cover looks promising, the colors are thrilling, but the patterns themselves do not encourage me to whip out the needles and rifle through the stash, much less fire up the mouse and start seeking out new yarn.
Perhaps it is just me.
Even the story line entitled "Oh Cables" did not brighten my spirits although I seem to have been tempted by cabled sweaters elsewhere:
Look at this wonderful cabled sweater currently on sale at Net-A-Porter. . Here is something I am inspired to knock-off, although I would change the length a bit to fit me and perhaps change the shape a little bit as well.
Here is a detail photo of the cables:
The combination of the jacket shape and the hood and the cable pattern makes me itch to find some yarn and needles, although if it continues warm I probably won't need it this year and I already have a generous supply of sweaters that are too warm to wear.
I can't even say that I am attracted only to high-end designer knitwear. I am also thinking about this cabled sweater from Moda Dea, a branch of Coats and Clarks. The tie front isn't really for me but that is easily adapted to a simple narrow belt. and I just love the combination of pattern and the lines of this jacket.
Both of these are styles that I would find fun to knit and would love to wear for a long time.
The designs in the Vogue just don't pass that test for me. Some of them are moderately interesting. And I am not one to shy away from fashionable or trendy designs, but the Vogue patterns don't seem to have either enough spark or enough versatility to capture my attention.
Or perhaps it is just that I have too many one-outfit sweaters and am looking for something a little more basic.