I'm sure some of you read the announcement that I will be moving the Charity Idea OUTpost to Tuesdays. I wanted to have more time with my family. Today I consulted with T.k. Wilson about using internet libraries to tap into free sources of books and magazines about knitting and crocheting. I am not as familiar with digital libraries as I probably should be. LOL Together we were perusing the Internet Archive when we happened upon The Magazine Rack collection. When we happened upon this huge collection of digitized knitting and crocheting magazines.
My daughter has always been a big proponent of free libraries both on and off line. Internet Archive is sort of a digital library's library. Many collections of books, magazines, videos, movies, even radio programs. While I have used Internet Archive on many occasions (even writing about it twice before) I really am not as familiar with how to use online libraries as I should be in this digital age. I wanted to offer my readers a little something that might offer a new source of free patterns for their charity work while at the same time breaking up those Winter blues we might be experiencing. My daughter was helping to explain how the various libraries work when we came across one BIG collection of digitized magazines! It's amazing!
This collection is labeled "Knitting Magazines" however it contains both knitting and crocheting magazines.... 859 texts to be exact. It is a gathering of both old and newer magazines along with plain text patterns. (With corrections included for some of the patterns.) There are even many available for download (I didn't check all of the magazines) You'll note that the collection contains magazines from the UK, USA, and Australia. There are plenty of conversion charts online to help with the difference in terms used in each country. It is a lot of fun to do an electric page through of each of the magazines AND they don't take up any room on the shelf :)
Charity crocheters and knitters will find this collection helpful because there are patterns for children, men and women. The magazines such as Jo Sharp Knit magazine, Knit 'n Style magazine, Family Circle's Easy Knitting, along with other popular names of magazines from the past and present are among the titles listed. Within the collected magazines there are some beautiful choices for children's clothing and accessories. (many are booklets from Patons using UK terms)
Women by far benefit the most from this archive, however I find we are the least likely to do something for ourselves. It is wonderful that knitters and crocheters can reach out to women in such a personal way with a handmade gift.
With 859 texts to choose from there are thousands of projects to explore. Many of the knitting and crocheting magazines contain toys for children, projects for men, accessories, home decor. You may have to play with the page controls until you figure them out or download the magazines in PDF form. It really is nearly unlimited fun!
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