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)