I went to the newsagency to buy one magazine …
… and came home with two!
|Two crochet magazines:|
Total Crochet Amigurumi Made Easy No. 3 (left)
Interweave Crochet Volume IX No. 2 Summer 2015 (right)
Firstly, the Interweave Crochet magazine …
(which I buy regularly)
(which I buy regularly)
… and then I saw this:
Total Crochet (No. 3) "Amigurumi Made Easy"
Only the night before, I was thinking about what to make as a farewell gift for an exchange student. I was looking through my book, Teeny Tiny Crochet and considering a little key chain with an Australian motif, perhaps a koala.
When I walked into the newsagent the next morning and saw the amigurumi koala on the cover, I could not resist!
This Total Crochet magazine is designed for the UK and Australian markets. This issue (No. 3) showcases the amigurumi designs of the Czech Republic's Katka Reznickova who also has a Ravelry store and has had some of these patterns featured in other publications (e.g. Zoomigurumi book series).
Rarely do I buy things on impulse but this was too much of a coincidence and I was feeling superstitious!
I regularly buy Interweave Crochet when it is released and love to look at all the crafty offerings in the magazine display.
I wish I could afford to buy all of the attractive magazines because once upon a time, my newsagency didn't stock any crochet titles at all but ever since I asked the owners to order Interweave, they have stocked almost every crochet title available and now I am seeing more crochet than knitting titles on display!
It is pleasing to see that the crochet magazines disappear from the shelves quick smart. Plenty of sales would be a fitting reward for my newsagents' willingness to order so many different titles.
I used to wonder whether they were so unfamiliar with crochet magazines that they just ordered everything with 'crochet' in the title just to be sure!
I know I could order the Interweave Crochet magazine online directly from the publisher and it would be cheaper and quicker but I want to reward my local newsagents for their efforts to satisfy their customers.
I love having a browse and keeping my eyes open for new publications. I like to have the magazine in my hands and feel the quality of the paper, see the resolution and detail of the photographs and charts, and importantly, the legibility of the text and layout before outlaying my cash.
Also, my postie is very careless and I don't trust that an online magazine order will survive undamaged. My son subscribed to National Geographic of which the international packaging appears to be designed to withstand almost any treatment short of a nuclear bomb*, (definitely Jodie-proof!) and yet it still manages to get damaged by our postie.
"You could download an electronic version!" I can hear you offering this solution which seems to be cheap, quick, convenient and obvious but for someone who doesn't have an iPad, smartphone, eReader or technology like that, I prefer to have the hard copy in my hands.
Screens versus Magazines
|Cute bedtime stories in|
Teeny Tiny Crochet
by Catherine Hirst
I can't take a computer to bed with me for a quick leaf through to relax before sleep. Bright lights (such as screens) just before bedtime can interfere with the body's circadian rhythm and make it harder to go to sleep.
I can't make the most of those 'quick five minutes' here and there with an eMag because it takes all of those five minutes for the laptop computer to boot up and then I am called away before I can even look.
Using the mouse or touchpad to scroll through electronic publications can be quite uncomfortable for my joints but I rarely experience the same discomfort with a magazine.
On the flipside, when I am too weak to hold a magazine, having the laptop positioned carefully can enable me to turn pages with very little movement but if I need to zoom in to something or scroll, it can be too fiddly and tiring.
I do admit that the ability to search through electronic documents can be much quicker and easier than leafing through volumes of paper magazines but with the invention of Ravelry, it is easy to locate any pattern using Ravelry's library functions.
I worry that perhaps I should get into the electronic age, especially since I live in a small home with limited storage space. What do you think?
Do you prefer electronic or paper publications?
How do you organise your patterns?
* Dedication: for Misako with love
When I first composed and scheduled this post, I was unaware until today that it would publish on the commemoration of 70 years since the bombing of Hiroshima and I was horrified when I re-read my words today!
In recognition of this, I dedicate this post to my friend Misako who was a Hiroshima survivor. She was a beautiful, kind and gentle woman who was expert at fine thread crochet.
Unfortunately, she died from complications of her radiation exposure. She had no major symptoms (that she ever mentioned) until 3 weeks before she died and it was a shock to everyone in our craft group. We still feel her loss.
Misako's special craft basket full of fine threads was bequeathed to me, because she knew they would be appreciated and I have made some pretty things with them in her honour (including most recently, the Tiny Flower).
Misako's basket is now my Special Basket and it is used and treasured every day.
In many ways, this is an appropriate post to dedicate to Misako because the Summer edition of Interweave Crochet has many light and lacy projects which Misako would have enjoyed and the amigurumi projects we enjoy today derive from Japanese crochet culture.
As I crochet today I will be thinking of Misako and the legacy of Hiroshima.
References & Links
Amigurumipatterns.net, Zoomigurumi 3: 15 amigurumi patterns from 12 great designers, paperback in Dutch or English, Meteoor Books, February 2014:
- Kamlin Patterns: http://kamlin-patterns.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/zoomigurumi-vo-3.html
- Ravelry: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/zoomigurumi-3
Hirst, Catherine, Teeny Tiny Crochet: 35 adorably small projects, Cico Books, www.cicobooks.com, an imprint of Ryland Peters & Small, London, UK, 2012.
Lupey Loops, "Tiny Flower", blog entry, 12 July 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/tiny-flower.html
Lupey Loops, "A Crochet Christmas", blog entry, 29 December 2012, for a review of Teeny Tiny Crochet by Catherine Hirst: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/a-crochet-christmas.html
Meteoor Books, web site: http://meteoor-books.myshopify.com/collections/all
Reznickova, Katka, crochet designer, Kamlin Patterns:
- Web site/blog: http://kamlin-patterns.blogspot.cz/
- Ravelry profile: http://www.ravelry.com/people/Kamlin
- Ravelry store: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/katka-reznickovas-ravelry-store
- Ravelry patterns: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/sources/kamlin-patterns
- Free patterns on Ravelry: http://kamlin-patterns.blogspot.com.au/p/patterns-for-free.html
Reznickova, Katka, Total Crochet: Amigurumi made easy, No. 3, Bromleigh House Ltd, http://www.bromleighhouse.com/, Suites 1–3, 70 Queen Street, Newton Abbott, TQ12 2ER, UK, 2015.
Smith, Marcy [editor], Interweave Crochet, Volume IX No. 2, Summer 2015, magazine, Interweave, interweavecrochet.com, F+W Media Inc., 4868 Innovation Drive, Fort Collins CO 80525-5576, USA 2015:
- Crochet Me web site: http://www.crochetme.com/
- Interweave Crochet magazine: http://www.crochetme.com/blogs/interweavecrochet/default.aspx
Total Crochet: Amigurumi Made Easy, magazine:
- Newsstand (UK): http://www.newsstand.co.uk/62-Others-Magazines/20903-Subscribe-to-TOTAL-CROCHET-Magazine-Subscription.aspx