Today, I'm joining in with my friend Amy at Five on Friday. And, I'm also linking to Victoria's fabulous Handmade Monday.
I thought I would give you my reivew of Taproot magazine. I discovered this magazine a few months ago via another blog (sorry, I can't remember which blog). I subscribed for one year at the exorbitant sum of $27.00 for four issues. Ah, I remember, why I subscribed. Do you remember the popular barn sweater? It was featured in issue 11 of Taproot. I love this sweater and I hesitant to purchase the pattern. Instead, I thought if I subscribed to Taproot, I would receive another great pattern somehwere along the line. No such luck so far.
Above is the current issue of Taproot that I received in the mail this week. I'll tell you why this magazine is popular; is has no advertising. That's right, each and every page is filled with something that will appeal to someone.
This month's copy came with an address book. Here's the cover of the address book. I don't know about you, but this is not a pleasant picture to look at. It's way out there in my thinking.
To my surprise there was a proper pattern for a knitted shawl in the current issue. But, I'm not sure if I will make it or not. Since discovering http://www.ravelry.com/ is there any need for any other place to find patterns?
I'm not trying to be discouraging but I really don't think I have gotten anything out of my Taproot subscription. Issue 13 and 14 really didn't have anything that I could use (there was a tutorial on how to make your own soap or make crocheted jackets for rocks). And, sometimes, the art work is really avant garde. Here's what I think:
1. The magazine is way overpriced for what is included.
2. The art work is way out there sometimes. For example, do you like see an artist's rendition of a mother having a child? Women have children so be it. You don't need to constantly draw pictures of how it happens. And breastfeeding? Hey, I had my child in the 70's and the doctor didn't even ask me if I wanted to breastfeed. He said "you want a shot don't you since you won't be breastfeeding"? I said "yes"....(he was an old, ex army doctor, by the way).
3. I kind of feel it's a hippie era wanta be magazine. Don't get me wrong; I would love to grow my own vegetables, make my own bread from my own ground wheat, dye my cloth from natural plant dyes. But, today is 2015 and not a lot of people have these resources.
4. The magazine is headquartered in Vermont. A lovely state that I have yet to visit. I have wonderful visions in my head of what Vermont looks like.
5. It's just a bit too out there for my taste. Yes, I'm in my early 60's but remember, I was a teenager during the hippie years so I'm not out of tune. I didn't embrace that lifestyle although many things appeal to me like growing your own food, eating healthy, etc.
I don't think I will renew my subscription. I live in a ramblin' house on a small lot here in southern California. I can't have a chicken coop and I can't grow a large garden (unless there's someway it can be hydroponic via my swimming pool) haha. Seriously, it would be heaven if the pool could be filled in and we could have a proper lawn with fake grass. That would make my husband so happy!
Maybe I've just had a busy week so far and was too tired to really tune in to Taproot. But, if you enjoy learning things and discovering new ideas, then I suggest that you give Taproot a try.
Before I sign off, Lilly thanks everyone for your good wishes. She is a healthy, happy cat and always enjoys hearing from you as do I. If you have time, please feel free to comment. I do read each and every one.
My best to everyone :)