Growing up, I watched my grandma and my mom crochet and mom taught me to crochet when I was 10. Most of the things mom would crochet were just basic afghans using patterns found on the yarn wrappers. She had a few small books from the store, but not many. Grandma on the other hand subscribed to Hooked on Crochet and a couple of others from Annie's. I have never actually subscribed to crochet magazines. Grandma gave me her entire collection a year or so ago since she's not really using them anymore so between those and making my own designs, I don't have a whole lot of time. I do however like seeing the work of the many other amazing designers out there right now and follow them on different social sites.
Now that many of us have laptops and tablets and computers to save everything to, an e-magazine is a wonderful option to subscribe to. I like the fact that you can get glimpses of each issue on Too Yarn Cute's website. I have often looked at different crochet books online and thought "Do I dare buy this?" "What if the content isn't as great as the cover makes it look"
This is a wonderful magazine! It's not just a crochet pattern book. You get to meet and learn a little bit more with their Featured Designer. This particular issue features Miss Sandy from Sandy's Cape Cod Originals and let me tell you - She is an amazing person! I knew her a little bit before reading her feature and I even won an autographed copy of one of her books....but WOW - She is such an accomplished designer and a fighter! You must go read about how she got into designing.
Another great part of this magazine is their effort to help the wonderful communities that have come together in the many crochet/craft groups.
|Handmade for Hope Foundation|
This section will give TYC readers a glimps at the many wonderful things that can be accomplished by volunteering your time and service. Everyone can help give comfort to those who are struggling for various reasons and because it's a community effort, there is no need to feel overwhelmed and that joining would be to much work. This issue has 2 service focused projects and Miss Stacy of Too Yarn Cute herself is offering a gift to those who help out with one of them - How awesome is that?
Now, for the patterns...I've read some crochet patterns in magazines and even some published books that are very frustrating to follow. Sometimes, the written pattern is not so clear. I was VERY impressed with the designers that contributed to this magazine and their photos of various stitches that were included with the written directions. A few of the designers, I have watched for a while and thought "They have some cute designs, I wonder how well they are written" - I know I'm not the only one who does that. Well, this is another reason that the magazine is well worth subscribing to. This is a great way to see exactly how a specific designer writes, a great way to find new and upcoming designers along with the more seasoned ones.
So, Now that you have my opinions, you can check this out for yourself. You can even get special discounts that are offered ONLY to TYC readers (including one from me)
Head on over to Too Yarn Cute's Website and enter for a chance to win your own copy. OR, you can go ahead and order an individual magazine, subscribe quarterly or bi-annually. Want to know more about the designers behind the scenes? Maybe you even want to learn how to be a part of it yourself? Well, all the information is all there and waiting for you to take a look.
Have a wonderful weekend!