These should surprise no one:
They are both fantastically beautiful books. You really should make an effort to get your hands on them, if only to give them a peek.
And this is an eBay* score:
Of course, I didn't pay 50 cents. I paid a lot more than that, but oh well, others have paid a lot more than I did. It's the coveted Winter 01/02 Interweave Knits (and a gratuitous shot of the Persian Violet plant my sister sent me for Easter -- it's still alive!)
In late 2001 I was knitting, but not as much as I do now. I didn't live in a place with a LYS and I must have never perused the newsstand, because I didn't even know IK existed. So, it's new to me, and even though it may be old to you, I'm going to review it anyway.
Upper left: the sweater that made me want this magazine in the first place. I saw it about a year ago when Eileen made it, and it looked so good on her. Look, I even found a picture of it for you.
Upper right: the Perfect-Fit Pullover, which is accompanied by a lot of helpful information for customizing a pattern to accommodate your waist or lack-thereof.
Lower left: This sweater was shown in a later IK, and I didn't know it was in this issue. It's called Spiderweb, and I think it's really cool.
Lower right: I think this sweater has an interesting construction; if I were to make it I would surely leave off the fringe.
I also enjoyed the articles and the old advertisements. Some things never change, apparently. It was also interesting to read the "from the Editor" page because Melanie Falick wrote it less than a week after Sept. 11, 2001, and she talks about how that affected her work on the magazine.
And finally, a progress shot of "Stripes Go Round" from a different issue of IK; I'm down to 259 stitches per round. Yes, I said down to. I'm pretty sure this is going to take a lifetime and a half to finish. At least that's how it feels right now. Like it's
* Do you think it's unreasonable to expect at least a confirmation of payment received? I won the auction, paid with PayPal, and then hadn't heard or seen anything for a week. I sent an e-mail to the seller inquiring about the payment and estimated shipment date, and she never responded. At all. Ever. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so. I think it's common courtesy and the price of doing business on eBay. I haven't left any "neutral" feedback, but I feel I could.