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« Reply #20 on: August 23, 2005 09:03:24 PM »

oh man, i'm a huge fan of the car coat, the hoodie and the two toned bag. i'm already making plans for fall projects...
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« Reply #21 on: August 23, 2005 10:41:13 PM »

oh man, i'm a huge fan of the car coat, the hoodie and the two toned bag. i'm already making plans for fall projects...

I looove the car coat as well. I'm a sucker for all things vintage. I also for some reason like the retro-ish rug too. I don't know that I would make it but I liked it when I saw it.
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« Reply #22 on: August 24, 2005 07:36:06 AM »

I like the look of the projects.  I like them all enough to pick it up as soon as it's out.  Plus, maybe if they can't keep this one on the shelves because it's so popular, they'll do more than a once a year crochet mag?  Well, I can hope anyway.  One thing that's put me off a little though... I just cannot make sweaters that cost between $200-$500.  Guess I'll have to put myself to the problem of yarn substitution when I decide what to make first.
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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2005 11:29:11 AM »

new mag for me! never heard of this one...but then i don't do much magazine reading.....gonna have to go to the library and copy the patterns for some of the projects!
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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2005 12:14:05 PM »

I looove the car coat as well. I'm a sucker for all things vintage. I also for some reason like the retro-ish rug too. I don't know that I would make it but I liked it when I saw it.

Yeah, I love that retro designs are "in" right now. It makes it much easier for me to find things that match my tastes. My mother was right... I should have been born 30 (or maybe 50) years earlier.
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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2005 01:39:34 PM »

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One thing that's put me off a little though... I just cannot make sweaters that cost between $200-$500.  Guess I'll have to put myself to the problem of yarn substitution when I decide what to make first.

Second that.  I crochet stuff because I know I can make it cheaper than buying it.  But when the yarn for a project equals or exceeds the cost of buying the object readymade, then what's the point in making it?  I would love to spend hundreds of dollars on luxury yarn and crochet my entire fall wardrobe, but sadly, I'm not making millions teaching preschool.  Magazines should really include cheaper yarn substitutes.
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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2005 01:42:55 PM »

You know what you COULD do though? Go to a thrift store and buy some barely worn over-sized sweater and frog it. Buy some neat colored sweater and strip it down to nothing. Take out the seams carefully. Then, work up something from Intereweave using that yarn. Now THAT is a truly retro item.
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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2005 04:34:07 PM »

I use recycled yarn all the time.  Definately the way to go for great yarns like mohair and angora.  I'm working with a bunch of worsted weight angora right now that I've dyed.  The kitchen smelled like wet rabbit for a while, but I've got a great blue color, lol.

I think I'm just jealous that the designers can afford/get complimentary fancy yarns.  Those yarns are so gorgeous, they're definately worth the money.  I just can't sink that much into a hobby at the moment.  Even a beautiful relaxing one like crocheting. 

But that won't stop me from figuring out the substitutions on my own for high quality recycled yarns.  That's not so hard.  I don't really agree that the magazines should provide that info, esp. not a mag like Interweave, because it really gives crochet an upscale image to use such luxurious yarns.  And crochet looking upscale and high fashion is great for all crocheters.  No one wants people to think their passion is tacky.
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« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2005 05:27:22 AM »

That's being debated in several online groups as we speak.

There's a group of people who want patterns with upscaled priced yarn. They feel that crochet will never be as sought after as knitting if "we" don't take the plunge into more expensive yarns (and patterns for that matter). They're the same people who are calling for better patterns and more magazines.

And then there's the other end of things. People who might prefer the fancier yarns and expensive patterns but either can't afford them, or would rather, in the case of patterns, scour the web for every freebie pattern there is. And if they find a pattern, it had better be capable of subbing a Red Heart Super Saver for the yarn.

So, there's two sides to it. Crochet magazines (good ones), are truly few and far between because how do you cater to that vast of a market? You don't. You either go fancy, fancy, or cheap, cheap. The predicament lies in the fact that the advertisers of the mag are almost always represented in whatever patterns are given in the mag. Some yarn companies don't want to see their competition (certain companies) in the same mag! So, then you have that.

In the end, crochet loses. We have Interweave that people wait all year to come out and then what? Or so I thought...

I haven't seen it mentioned here but Family Circle Easy Crochet just came out. There are some cool patterns in it, lots of them actually. Going back to what I said before, a lot of the patterns are done in Bernat and Patons, and then again, they represent most of the yarn advertisers in there. But in my opinion, this is the best crochet magazine on the market to date. It has a good balance of cheaper yarns with nice patterns. (Do I love everything? NO. But that's not any different than Interweave for me) There's a felted section and the "get hooked" section in the beginning is cool too. Lots of interesting "gear" for crochet that you might not be aware of. If you can't afford any of it, it's at least good eye candy - nothing different than picking up Elle to look at the hip finds that we probably all can't afford!

For those who might look for it, check out Michaels, ACMoore, Joann's, and someone mentioned getting it at a Wal-Mart (but I think those stores vary in terms of what they sell).  You can see the cover of the mag in my blog. (Link is in my sig file)
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« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2005 05:47:32 AM »

A friend of mine called me and asked if I had seen the new FC mag - she had seen it at the grocery store!
I am goign to search it out today... might need to buy it.  She said there were several patterns in it that she might like to make - which is unusual. She is usually the first one to scoff at the magazines - don't get her started on Crochet! (her newest victim in "I hate this magazine") and Crochet Fantasy.  Boy does she hate Crochet Fantasy.  She is still complaining about the crochet with fur issue... Well.  I got over it - actually, I called Crochet Fantasy and got my subscription changed over to their knitting one - they give knitting machine directions for most of what is in it and the patterns seem a little better to me...

I am not fond of the expensive yarns as my budget doesn't allow for them - but moreso since I am a stuffed animal/doll designer at heart and most of the fun yarns just don't hold their shape well enough to stuff them!  I have never made  a garment in my life other than scarves.  If it has to be sized, I kind of veer away from them... well, until now.. next project is an oversized sweater for a friend who is freezing at work - they are air conditioning happy in her new building!

Every time I go to the thrift store they don't have a good frogging sweater that I see.  Maybe in the next town I live in we will have a better second hand store with awesome froggy sweaters.  I have eyed a few then thought to myself that i need to do a little stash reduction before starting a new project!
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