$7 Horror

I have a confession: I keep buying the new issues of Vogue and Interweave off the newsstands. I even know exactly when each issue will be available.

Since newsstand issues are nearly double the price of subscriptions, a sensible person would just get a subscription already. There was a time in my life where it was more sensible to buy from the newsstand. That time was when I bought an issue of either publication once every blue moon—due in part because I didn't like 99.9% of the projects. That 0.1%? That's when I actually bought an issue.

I really hope this means the two magazines are getting better, rather than my taste getting worse. I have my doubts, though, as I noticed I have a tendency to hoard these knitting magazines. And when I think back to the number of completed projects made from said hoard of magazines, the grand total is zero. But I can't just toss them. No. They'll be vintage some day, and then I'll have a stash of vintage knitting magazines to call my very own. Of course, I'll be more than vintage by that time, but never mind such small details.

Every time I go to the University Bookstore and buy one of the knitting magazines, I get the same cashier. It must be fate. Every single time he rings up my magazine, he launches into this story about how when he was a child, his mother used to go to Fred Meyer's and buy really cheap yarn. And nowadays, they're selling a fancy knitting magazine for $7! The horror! And in response, I tell this cashier each and every single time that they still sell cheap yarn at Freddy's (and Walmart, and elsewhere), and that this magazine has most certainly been around longer than his mother.

He has a short memory, that cashier. He's also going to force me to buy a subscription so I don't have to have another conversation about the travesty of a $7 fashion-knitting magazine.