UK Knitting Magazines

The UK now has an astonishing 6 knitting magazines being published regularly and available in major high-street newsagents.  These are: Knitting, Knit Today, Simply Knitting, Lets Knit, Yarn Forward and The Knitter.

The most recent are The Knitter (first issue on sale this month) and Yarn Forward (which has only just reached the shops but has been available online for a little while).  Well I dashed out and bought my copy of The Knitter almost as it hit the shelves.  It promised to be a source of inspiration for competent and experienced knitters.  Well, The Knitter is of a high standard, but I don’t think it has quite hit the mark.  I thought a comparison with Yard Forward was in order.

  The Knitter (issue 1) Yarn Forward (Issue 9)
Cost £5.99 £3.99
Patterns 12 (I’m only counting the cushion covers as one pattern) 9 (I’ve not counted the chart from the intarsia article as a pattern)
Original patterns* 6 (only half of the patterns) 9 (all of them)
Techniques Turkish Cast On Mood boards
Intarsia
Cables
Articles Two Interviews Studio Visit
Three Interviews
Teaching children to knit
Giving Something Back
Other features The Knitter Loves…
Trends
Books
Readers’ Letters
Gallery of Readers work
News
Things we like
Books
Knitting on the Net
Tales from a Yarn Shop

* Original patterns are those not taken from a book or yarn supplier’s leaflet.

Both magazines contain interesting patterns.  In Yarn Forward there is a chunky cabled coat and a beautiful lace shawl.  In The Knitter there is a beautiful cabled and shaped jumper and a simpler cabled jumper with a ribbed yolk.

Both magazines assume a competency in knitting (or at least the ability to use a good knitting reference book).  However, The Knitter concentrates on patterns while Yarn Forward has both exclusive patterns and a good selection of interesting articles.  Overall I think Yarn Forward has the edge and I’m looking forward to reading it for many years to come.

An Experiment with Precious Metal Clay

I came across this product just before Christmas.  It’s like clay, so it can be sculpted – but it is actually silver particles in a binder.  When the clay is dry it is fired.  This burns off the binder, the particles are sintered together and the clay becomes a solid piece of pure silver.

I used to make jewellery with polymer clay (Fimo, etc) so I really wanted to try this.  I ordered a starter kit over Christmas, but had to wait to the beginning of this week for it to arrive.  I finally got round to trying it today.

I made a pendent with a rose in the middle.  Let it dry, then fired it this evening.  I finished it off with brushing and burnishing.  I’m really happy with the result (though I need to practice my finishing technique).

 

DSCF0474-cropped