1. The number one reason I liked this issue was: HOORAY!!!!! None, I repeat, none of the sweaters were "cropped." Somebody finally got the message. The cropped-type sweater was a style that outlasted its welcome a long time ago. They're not attractive on most women, especially those that have a less than perfect figure, they're not professional looking so they're almost useless for us working women, and they're certainly not warm enough for an air conditioned office. So I've never even had the remotest desire to knit, purchase or wear one of them. But I was very pleased with the length of the longer sweaters in this issue.
2. Another reason I liked this issue is that several of the sweaters had sleeves that were almost elbow length. The longer sleeve looks more professional for those who, like me, wear these types of garments in the office, yet are still short enough to be appropriate for summer wear.
3. I loved the child's sweater on pg. 64-65. I actually have many more young boys to knit for than girls, and most of the time I find more patterns for girls' sweaters than for boys. Since this one could be unisex, I can make for either and the young boys in my life won't be short changed.
4. The afghan knit in strips was to die for. I love afghans knit in strips because about 75% of my knitting is "take along" projects that I knit while commuting to work, waiting in Doctors offices, waiting to meet friends at restaurants for lunch or dinner, and so on. An afghan made of strips is the perfect take along project. Small enough to carry along, but large enough that there isn't nearly as much stitching together to do at the end. And this one's colors were gorgeous. It will be my very next afghan project.
5. Someone was reading my mind when they designed "Natural Necessities." I've just started knitting several hand towels and washcloths for Christmas presents, and I can't wait to try these. Perfect.
Anyway, I'm glad I'm subscribing and I'm looking forward to more. Keep up the good work!