Keeping up with the tradition*, here's my mini-review of IK's summer issue.
I thought there were a lot of cute things in this issue, but not that many things I want to make. I'm more of a fall-winter girl when it comes to knitting anyways.
Did you guys see the lace baby gown on page seven? If that thing won third prize, I want to see the second and first place! Wow!
Ok now the patterns:
One-button cardigan: I really like the way it looks on the picture on page 17 (when the model is sitting down). But it's terribly unflattering on the other pics. I definitely don't need a cardigan that will make me look bigger, unfortunately.
Isis wrap: I'm still not sure what I think about wraps, shrugs, boleros and all these things that I can tell apart one from another. Sometimes I think I really need one to go over summer dresses, other times I don't like the way they look. I think the Isis wrap is pretty, but I don't like the way it ties up.
Summer Sundress: I love it. It's very pretty. I wouldn't make it though.
(I'm going to make a little pause here to say how much I dislike the bathing suits on page 27)
Bed and bath duo: I LOVE THIS! I think it's my favourite thing from the magazine!!! But it would take me a lifetime to make, so I'll just look at the pretty picture.
Two-tie striped cardigan: I think I would consider knitting this, but maybe in different colours.
Viennese Shrug: It doesn't do anything for me.
Padded footlet: I prefer real (longer) socks. They're cute though.
Sketchbook cover: Very pretty and original. I don't think I'll be making it but it would be a good way to use leftover yarn I think.
Polka-dot bag There are about one million bags I want to make and I don't like this one enough to add it to the list.
Lacy Kerchief Scarf: Nothing to say about it, really. It's ok I guess.
Triada Scarf: I really disliked it when I first saw it worn as a cowl on the picture, but I love the way it looks as a little caplet thing.
Acorn Camisole: I don't really like it but maybe if I saw it in another colour, I'd change my mind.
Fiery Bolero: I can't decide what I think of it.
Premiere Pullover: I like it, but it really doesn't look summery to me. It's cute though.
Buffalo Girl: I've never seen anyone wearing something like that in the summer. I know it can get cold in the evening, but I don't think I'd wear that.
Lace Lead Pullover: Definitely not a summer item! But I LOVE it!
Fan Clutch and Fun Fur Collar: So not my style
Sleek Ribs Tank: No opinion.
Dylan Goes Electric: I LOVE that sweater! Too bad I don't knit for men.
Shoulder Shrugs: I think I like the one by Mary Jane Mucklestone the best, but I can't say any of them screamed "Make me!" to me.
Go with the flow socks: IK has such lovely sock patterns! I really like them.
Baby Gifts: Cute but I don't knit for babies much.
Do you guys think that the shirt in the Elsebeth Lavold ad (p. 53) looks like a Clapotis shirt? I think it does!
Oh and where's the token IK model? She's not in this issue at all (save for the Crochet issue ad). I like her, I want her back! :p The red-head is absolutely gorgeous too though.
*When does something becomes a tradition? I guess doing something twice doesn't qualify as tradition, right? Oh well, let's say it's a tradition-to-be.
So, tomorrow's the Montreal knitting meetup. I'm so excited! I'm super shy in groups and it looks like many people know each other already and are experienced knitters. I hope I can fit it. And I have no idea what WIP to bring. Most of them are too big and I need to carry my gym clothes and stuff for work... hmmm. I'll probably end up bringing a sock that I just started.
I'm really looking forward to it.