Sunday, February 24, 2008


My library stocks old issues of Vogue Knitting that they have hardbound. The issues go back to the late 90's when knitting was making a comeback.

I never used to really like Vogue Knitting until I started checking them out of the library for free.

Now I think if I had disposable income, I'd subscribe to Vogue over Interweave Knits. I like the fact that Vogue seems to have more book and yarn reviews, and they throw a few "easy" patterns in there for the not-so experienced knitter. Ok, sometimes those patterns are boxy and knit on size 100 needles out of uberchunky yarn, but once in a while there's something really pretty.

I've never seen IK do this. But then again I only had a year's subscription to IK--I opted not to renew when Eunny took over and the format changed slightly before that. So maybe along with their format change they changed the content too??

But anyway, I've never knit anything from Vogue until I last night.

I was inspired by a really ugly hat they had in there. It looks like a giant nipple on the model's head, but for a baby hat I thought it would be cute.

And thus was born my eighth Hat For Alex of the year.


Doesn't that thing look ridiculous on a grown person?



Into the box in the closet I keep for my Hats for Alex.


Picasso had a blue period, I suppose I can have one too.

Stay tuned! Ugly Couch Readers' Choice tomorrow!



Blogger Christina said...

The model's head really does look like a giant nipple. I bet some man told the designer what a great idea it was, and in red no less!

I think its much better as a baby hat! Blue is my favorite color, so you won't et any too much blue complaints out of me.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

Nice hat... BTW, you aren't missing anything by no renewing your IK subcription. The format is horrid and the designs are meh. The only nice thing in the past couple of issues have been writings by Marilyn Roberts (The Knitting Curmudgeon).

9:15 AM  
Blogger Dkswife said...

wjd4uHee Hee. Yes, one more ridiculous design by Vogue magazine. I used to subscribe to Vogue, but there are way too many errors in the patterns for me, and I am one who doesn't want to figure out mistakes.

9:18 AM  
Blogger turtlegirl76 said...

That hat looks rediculous on an adult. It'll be cute on a baby though! Looks like a button or somthing. Maybe it's a bitch switch?

I like IK since Eunny took over. I think there have been quite a few wearable patterns in there. I'm happy that I subscribed.

10:01 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

You're right, I never would have thought about the hat on the model like that, but you're so right, LOL! The baby hat is very cute! I don't know anything about IK Knits since I don't knit, but I don't like IK Crochet. The patterns are mostly too advanced for me, and too "couture" - I wouldn't have occasion to wear/use a lot of them. My favorite is Crochet Today.

10:10 AM  
Blogger buttercup said...

Very cute baby hat... I think the model of the adult version is trying to hide behind her glasses. Cripes is that ugly on her.

I like IK and Vogue. I have to adjust most patterns to fit any way, but I just get them for the articles. heh heh.

11:02 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

The model reminds me of of super sophisticated woman walking down the street, head held high~with a trail of toilet paper clinging to her skirt. The baby hat is adorable, you have a good eye Bez.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Linnea said...

That is a very cute baby hat. I like it. And I also like the model's glasses. They remind me of the things I was issued when I went through boot camp, mixed with 1950s cat glasses. Too bad we never got totally sweet knit stuff.

As for IK vs. Vogue, I dunno. The Winter '07 of Vogue that I have (granted, it's the only one I've read) has some pretty strange articles and un-knitable patterns. For inspiration, great. But basics? Not so much. And I thought that a couple of the articles were very condescending - one way of knitting is superior, etc. Annoying.

That's not at all in defense of IK, btw, which I do subscribe to. I find myself liking one pattern on average per mag, with another one or so growing on me later on, which means I'll probably end up knitting one or two patterns out of an entire year's worth of issues. Some of the articles are meh, but some I do enjoy. Honesty? (Where are the small letters when you need them?) I read IK in the bathroom. Shhh.

Oh! And for a brief blip in time, IK had some "beginner" patterns. Which I didn't really like. And it kind of grated against my idea that a beginner can knit anything he/she wants to, with a bit of clear guidance. I know what you mean about different levels of patterns being nice, but at the same time I fear that it limits what people *think* they are capable of - this coming from someone who only knit Lion Brand baby blankets for years, ya know?

Dammit, what was I saying?

1:33 PM  
Blogger Olga said...

I use to have a ton of old Vogues from the 80's( yikes) and got rid of them when we moved, now I wish I kept them for bathroom reading.I'm with Linnea, I most read IK in the bathroom now! And I never subscribe to mags anymore, with all the free stuff floating around I'll be busy till the zombies come home.

2:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cute baby hat!! It looks like something that you would see on a Dr. Seuss character. Yes, on an adult it looks nerdy. As for the mags I have no opinion, cause I don't knitt and can not understand even the simplest knit/crochet directions. Love, Mom

2:33 PM  
Blogger Donna Lee said...

The hat is definitely better on a small person than an adult. She looks miserable but then Vogue models often look miserable. I guess they're all hungry.

6:26 PM  
Blogger Miss T said...

The Vogue/Interweave controversy rages on....cute hat!

11:08 AM  
Blogger Starfish said...

Yikes is an understatement. Bright red no less.

I like Vogue better too - they have more patterns in bigger sizes for some of us who need it. For me IK is only good for socks and shawls.

1:28 PM  
Blogger Magatha said...

OK, there are some characters in the South Park episode, Go God Go part two that wear that exact hat.

Season 10.

I'm super cereal.

4:45 PM  
Blogger janna said...

Hey, that's an 'ultra-hip accessory' -- it's says so right there on the page next to that god-awful-ugly sweater!

I like IK... ;-)

4:48 PM  
Blogger weezalana said...

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11:46 AM  
Blogger weezalana said...

Ah, yes, but you pair the nipple head with the removable sleeve sweater, and that's high fashion. Or is she just high. Can't tell.

11:47 AM  

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