It’s always a good day when the latest edition of Pom Pom is delivered and, as it is only issued four times a year, each issue is eagerly anticipated. Pom Pom is the brainchild of Lydia Gluck and Meghan Fernandes who set up the magazine in 2012 to show that knitting is super-cool, despite how it is often portrayed in the media. According to the publishers, Pom Pom is a quarterly, collectable publication, based in London, for smart, creative types who like knitting patterns with a modern aesthetic, great photography and interesting writing. – guess that must be me then!!
Issue 14 is the Wool Issue, devoted to natural fibres. The magazine features ten beautiful patterns – my current favourites are Magdalen (the scarf on the front cover, above) and Jean (shown below). Jean is designed by Nadia Cretin Lechenne and named after Hermione Jean Granger, the heroine of the Harry Potter stories. The sweater features a central panel of cables bordered by garter stitch bands and has a very comfy-looking fold-down garter stitch collar. Magdalen is an elegant over-sized scarf knitted in aran weight wool. Both patterns reflect the trend for cables which are due to be hot this autumn (although never go out of fashion, if you ask me!).
In addition to the patterns, the magazine has articles on knitting local, being minimalist with your knitting tools and an insight into the John Arbon textile mill in Devon. There’s also a recipe for a very scrummy-looking Pumpkin Spice Cake – what more could you want?