A pattern-a-day knitting calendar is a nice idea, but the reality is that most of the patterns will be either thrown in a file somewhere or simply dropped in the trash; very few knitters are able to keep up with this much work, and even fewer would have any desire to. The main problem with this calendar is that many of the patterns are relatively unattractive (witness the goofy hat they decided to use for the box cover; it might be better with different yarn colors, but still....) Don't buy this for your mother or grandmother unless you want to be the proud winner of a bunch of goofy knitted garments that they'll be sure you'll like ("But my desk calendar said it was 'groovy'!")
Get a joke-a-day, word-a-day, sudoku-a-day or cartoon-a-day calendar instead, you'll be glad you did, for so many reasons.
I usually like calenders that give me something to think about or to do. Most of the patterns on this calender are useless. It is easy to tell that most of the items were already patterns found on the internet that you could get for free or they were patterns that were quickly made up. I don't think there is much thought put into them.
I'm not sure who came up with this calendar concept but what a fabulous idea! I have last years and this years, and I love them both.
I am reading complaints about the patterns. Hmmm... I have bought subscriptions to various knitting magazines for more money than this calendar costs, and found no patterns that I would ever consider making.
There are lots of great patterns in this calendar!! Yes, some you can find on the web, but they are conveniently printed out here for us so we can carry them in our purses. You can easily find a pattern you love, laminate it and take it with you.
There are some beautiful scarf and hat patterns, dog sweater, bags, wonderful, easy sock patterns, it shows you how to do different pattern stitches if you want to learn. I saw a tea cozy pattern, warm looking afghans, a felted basket, roses to knit! --I mean there are tons of things to make, if not for yourself, for those in need around the world!
I was thrilled to have one of my preemie hat patterns chosen to be in this years calendar and I hope people will feel the satisfaction of making and donating those to their local hospitals. I have had 3 premature babies and there is nothing like having a hand made tiny hat given to you to place on your baby's head. It gives you hope and you feel the love that went into every stitch.
GREAT CALENDAR! I want to buy the crochet one now!