Magazine exchanges are officially the awesome.
Last month, I wrote a post On Not Hoarding Crafting Magazines. I vowed not to let my home turn into a warren of knitting publications. I committed myself to a regular routine of magazine purging, tossing out or giving away the flotsam.
Then my blog-pal Carina of Hakelmonster blog proposed a crafting magazine swap.
Ooh, what a good idea!
Now, I know what you’re going to say: this doesn’t really promote the cause of reducing the volume of magazines I have in my home. Hoarding fail. You’re right, you’re right, I know you’re right.
But our swap wasn’t really about jettisoning unwanted reading materials. It was about sharing and cultural exchange. I sent Carina a pile of Knitscene, Interweave Knits, and Piecework that are less common where she lives. In exchange, she sent me a stack of German language publications we almost never see on my side of the pond.
In addition, we each sent each other a couple of hanks of local-ish yarn. Bonus!!
I also slipped in a list of crazy Minnesota laws
I’m excited to start flipping through these magazines. I can already tell that the fashion aesthetic is a little different from what I’m used to, although part of that could be that some of these magazines are a few years old.
Do I read German? No. But I’ll have fun asking my husband to help me puzzle through them with his high school German. And if I get really desperate, I’ll ask my mother-in-law for help (she used to teach German in the public schools).