I looked in my library's catalog to see if any of the branches subscribed to knitting magazines since my branch does not. One branch gets Interweave (yay!), and another gets a title I hadn't heard of, Knit 'N Style.
I placed holds on the two most recent issues that were available for check out. They came yesterday in the shipment.
I quickly realized WHY I hadn't heard of this magazine.No one has informed the editor or the art department that the year is 2010, not 1989.
The layout is sloppy and hard to read. Articles and features are virtually indistinguishable from the advertisements. The photos of yarns being reviewed are muddy and unappealing. Worst of all...the projects are...well...ugly. Most of the looks are dated, and the ones that even flirt with currency are made out of the least attractive yarns possible.
Quotes from myself and others who also looked at the magazine in the break room:
"Well, that is unfortunate."
"It looks like someone vomited yarn on that woman. And ugly yarn at that."
"That poor girl. She is actually a very pretty model."
"No way would a MAN ever in a million years wear that sweater. Seriously? A turtleneck with giant buttons on the side? On a guy? I think not!"
In short: I do not like this magazine. I do not recommend subscribing to it. Not only does it not meet my required 3 patterns to purchase policy*, it doesn't meet a minimal standard of graphic design aesthetics.
As my dear friend would say...it is less than ideal.
*I won't buy a book or magazine unless I can honestly say I'll make at least 3 of the patterns in it.