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Knitting: 2011 Day-to-Day Calendar Calendar – Day to Day Calendar, July 15, 2010
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The box is pathetic. Previous years had a sturdy cardboard box with magnetic closure and a hinged lid to create a stand. This year it's a cardstock box (much thinner), no magnetic closure, and I am instructed to pull a tab on the inside of the lid, fold it round and tuck it into the back of the box to make a stand. It looks MUCH less sturdy. So I decided to reuse the box from 2009.
That's when I discovered that the 2011 pages are physically smaller than the 2009 and 2007 ones - they will rattle around in the 2009 stand, and the 2009 pages can't be stored in the 2011 box.
I wrote to the publisher, Andrews McMeel Publishing, to express my dissatisfaction. Then I came here to write this review and saw someone else's review that said there isn't even a single page per date! Sure enough, the first page is Jan 1 and 2, the next Jan 3 and 4, the third Jan 5 and 6, and the fourth covers the weekend of Fri the 7th to Sun the 9th. Doubly pathetic. What's the use of a day to day calendar with more than one date on the page?
The only saving grace is that the patterns themselves do look interesting to me. The first week of patterns has a throw blanket, a stash basket, and a scarf - all things I am likely to try making. In comparison, the first TWO weeks of 2009 had a soap sack, "guitar-man" socks, sushi, a handbag, "plastic cup cozies" and a baby bib - none of them things that I would make, and several of the patterns spanned multiple days.
Not well thought out, I wouldn't purchase this one again, and would not recommend in the future JUST FOR THE ABOVE REASONS. I understand the need to save costs, BUT AT WHAT COST? Who ever thought this concept up, should look for another position.
Last year, however, they changed the design of the calendar to be two days per pattern (or sometimes four days if it was a two-page pattern), with Friday-Sunday having a single page. This meant that you only flipped the page every other day (or three days if one a weekend), which pretty much halved the number of patterns even when you take into account the monthly 'bonus pattern'. This was very disappointing, but at least the box held up.
The 2011 calendar retains the two-days-per-pattern (three days for the weekend) structure of the 2010 calendar, but the box is completely different! It's made of light paperboard instead of the heavy, solid cardboard composite of the previous two years' designs, and the box has already ripped in two places. It's also smaller than previous incarnations, meaning that the type and photos have shrunk. Where the photos used to give you a perfect idea of what the creation was to look like, now you're lucky to get a picture of the entire thing. It's certainly a cheaper quality desk calendar than they have previously put out, and so far this year's patterns are not as creative or striking as previous years' patterns.
Overall, I'm disappointed in Accord's changes. What was wrong with the 2009 design?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Happy to get some great knitting patterns. Patterns not new but in good shape. Was able to share some patterns with other knitters.Published 21 months ago by joan schreck
I needed the calendar because there was a pattern I found out about that was only available in it. I was surprised to find some other patterns I might also use. Read morePublished on February 4, 2013 by Peaches
It was exciting to see the choices for the year -- the many patterns that were for any level that can be accomplished.Published on April 3, 2012 by Maria
Quality has descended to the point that I don't buy them anymore even though I have them from the beginning. Really sad.Published on March 20, 2012 by patknitsmb
What happened to it being a pattern-a-day? Some patterns are spread out (unnecessarily) over an entire week! Read morePublished on December 12, 2011 by may-queen
I always end up spending an extra $5 to get this calender bound at an office supply store. Otherwise a pattern gets lost. Will I buy next year? Most likely. Read morePublished on March 29, 2011 by Katydid