So when Issue 5 arrived, I opened it with bated breath. I was simultaneously excited and horrified! I cannot believe that one editor can be selecting such mind-bogglingly diverse patterns!
On the one hand, there is a stunning cardigan in Manos Silk Blend. I want it. I must knit it!
But then you get this extraordinary “Breakfast Set” in the most depressing colours I have seen in a long time!
Or a desperate camouflage jumper for a man – why would anyone bother?
And then the mood picks up again with a glorious riot of colour in the “Curve of Pursuit” blanket.
But… it takes 27 balls of yarn at £9 a skein to knit in the “ethical version” alpaca! Do the maths – wow!
A truly ethical option would involve ripping out that hideous camoflage sweater and reusing the yarn... or use odd balls to make a crazy patchwork version – that’s my plan anyway!
I like the stitch pattern on this Rowan Pure Life cotton sweater - but that poor model looks awful in that colour! And "square" is not a "classic shape", it's just plain unflattering.
I won't talk about the pastel cardigan that looks like a bed-jacket - except to say it is made from recycled sugar cane , which is an intriguing thought.
Or the "Morrocan" cover sweater which has more bells and whistles than is strictly necessary. And is beige. Funny that - Morroco being a blaze of colour etc.