Monday, June 3, 2013

Review: Pom Pom Quarterly, Summer 2013 issue

Ever since its launch one year ago, Pom Pom Quarterly has been one of those publications I knew I should keep my eye on. Each issue has had at least a few patterns that piqued my curiosity, but I never purchased an issue til now: with postage and the exchange rate, I wound up paying about $20 USD for the printed copy (which includes a PDF download as well). I know that seems pretty steep, but the Summer 2013 issue celebrating Pom Pom's one-year anniversary is just too good to pass up...and worth every penny!

The paper stock is good quality (and smells great, if that's the kind of thing you're into!), and every page is printed in full color. There are many photos of each pattern - all 7 patterns include well-written instructions with schematics and charts and are mostly knit with indie-dyed yarn (Yarn Love, The Uncommon Thread, Skein, and Sweet Georgia, for example). There are three interesting feature articles and two pages with technique illustrations, plus a delicious-sounding recipe for S'mores Brownies. Just as I couldn't resist casting on for the Fieldwork Cardigan right away, I found myself whipping up a batch of brownies for an impromptu gathering last weekend. They received two enthusiastic thumbs-up from everyone, incidentally!

If twenty dollars feels a little steep for you, there is also a PDF-only version you can purchase here on Ravelry for just under $13 USD - though I have to say, it's truly a joy to thumb through each physical page of this issue!

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You may like to know: This review was not solicited by the good people at Pom Pom. As mentioned above, I purchased the magazine with my own personal funds. 

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