JLS (jlsjlsjls) wrote,

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Now this is interesting ...

My shiny new new Fall 2009 issue of Vogue Knitting International contains more wearable garments than "art forms" that require the wearer to hold one pose all day. Normally it's the other way 'round. And the seams on everything look properly grafted or sewn rather than being the usual lumpy, meandering lines that give the impression that the garment pieces were hastily pinned together for the photo shoot rather than properly assembled. And a couple of the models look as if they've eaten recently! (The answer to the perfectly logical "why does she buy it then?" is: excellent techie articles, reviews of new yarns and tools, and glorious colourful yarn ads that usually show off far better designs than are "officially" included along with the info on where to get the patterns ... plus even the ghastly garments usually have cool stitch patterns accompanied by how-tos)

Anyhoooo ... back to my point ...and there is one, sorta. Flipping through this issue with my brain going "Hey, that's nice!" far more often than usual and in a very surprised tone got me wondering if this development has anything to do with Ravelry ... allowing for the lead time involved in commissioning designs and getting sample garments made up, the timing is about right. One of the handy features of Ravelry is the ability to look up any knitting/crocheting book or magazine and see which individual patterns people are making or planning to make and which are being ignored ... one can also see makers' comments on the instructions, errors and typos, construction, sizing, fit, wearability, etc. If the editors of Vogue are checking up on their product in there (surely they must, as it'd be downright insane to ignore this wealth of reality-based consumer feedback) then this might be a first baby step towards increasing their sales by increasing their percentage of designs that people will actually want to make.

If Ravelry is the why of this it's gonna be interesting to watch the co-evolution of magazine and website in action ... and it has me wondering what the fall issues of Interweave Knits and Knitter's will hold? (not that they need much changing ... the makeability and innovation rate for those two magazines has always been pretty high anyway)
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