How is your week progressing? I hope it is all going well for you wherever you are!
I got a nice surprise the other day in the mail, a copy of the new crochet magazine Simply Crochet, sent to me by the publishers.
Occasionally I get offers for things through my blog and I usually don't follow them up as they don't interest me, or I don't think they are relevant to my blog and the things I talk about. But I thought a crochet magazine would be right up my alley ( and yours!), so was happy to accept the magazine and the chance to review a new player in the crafty magazine scene.
I am sure most of you would have seen this magazine by now, here in Australia I haven't seen it in the shops yet, but it has been available in the UK for a while I think. It is produced by the same people responsible for Mollie Makes, and has a similar feel to the styling and layout, I loved it!
So here are my thoughts on what's inside!
There are lots patterns throughout the magazine, some wearables, blankets, motifs, amigurumi and homewares, so a little bit of everything. The patterns are all fairly easy, so beginners could find lots to enjoy.
I am not really interested in crocheting clothes, so found the other patterns of more interest, and I will probably give one of the motifs a try soon.
Personally, I enjoy the inspiration pages the most in crafty magazines, and I really liked the Notebook page by Jane Crowfoot, I hope that is a regular feature.
I liked the 'hooked' pages of inspiring snippets of crochet and yarny news, some things I had seen before on blogs and pinterest, but it was nice to have them all together in one place. There were also some interesting interviews with some talented crafty ladies, and an article on the online crochet community (hello us!).
There is also a 'getting started' guide to crochet with nice clear instructions on the basic stitches, another good thing for beginners, but less interesting for more experienced crocheters.
(although it is nice to have as a reference, I discovered I have been working stitches into my foundation chain wrong all this time!!)
I am jealous of all the wonderful yarn shops in the UK, the advertisements are lovely eye candy too!
I hope this magazine does well, it feels like a Mollie Make for crochet, so I am sure it will go from strength to strength and just get better with time. The more resources out there for crocheters, and places to share the crochet love, the better! I really enjoyed reading Simply Crochet, it is the type of magazine you can dip into for a bit of crochet inspiration, and not feel that the projects are beyond reach. I will be keeping an eye out for the next issue, although we get magazines long after they are issued in the UK.
|Cute newsy stuff, nice to see Coco Rose's hot water bottle covers there :)|
|I like this note book page, I keep an ideas journal like this too.|
|This would be cute in a little girl's room, or my hallway!|
|I love these cycling gloves, how chic !|
So what are you guys reading at the moment?
Do you read magazines?
Do you read crafty magazines?