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wends
10-09-2008, 09:39 AM
I was organizing my stuff and thought about just taking the patterns out of the magazines and their corresponding photos and recycling the rest of the magazine but then decided not to.

Does anyone else keep them or do you just keep the patterns? It would sure save me space to recycle them but I'm having a hard time parting with them.

pixiepurls
10-09-2008, 10:10 AM
well when I am online and I see an "issue" or cover of a month I know, "oh I have that". I don't think I could throw away the magazine, there is normally more then 1 pattern I would want or might want later and not know I would want. I save them. I get interwave in the mail, and for Simply knitting the british mag I buy anytime I see it, which is about once every 2 or 3 months so it's not that many magazines a year. For other ones I look at the entire collection of patterns online and if I don't really love something in it I don't get it, which is the majority of the time.

Mystery_Gyrl
10-09-2008, 10:13 AM
It depends, some I keep others I carefully remove the patterns from. If I like an article(s) or they seem useful plus they have more than a few patterns I will use, I generally keep the whole magazine. If it is just a few patterns and or no articles I remove the information I want and put them into notebook sleeves/sheet protectors (and into a binder) with any pertinent information (i.e. magazine title, issue, volume, and or season, errata, etc.). It generally depends on how much information I will use from the magazine as the deciding factor. I do empathize with you on your difficulties on deciding what to keep and what to recycle.
Katrina

Eekee
10-09-2008, 10:23 AM
I've kept all mine so far. I'm up to my fifth magazine holder of them!

hainangel2000
10-09-2008, 10:37 AM
Yes I keep mine :):muah:

AAngels
10-09-2008, 11:07 AM
Yes. I do but after a while I go through them and decide which patterns I might actually use then I cut them out or copy them and save in folder for future use.

Thanks
Kathy

iwouldratherbeknitting
10-09-2008, 12:28 PM
Yes, because a person's taste or needs might change.. so, I might really like something in the future that I don't think that I'll knit now. And some of the patterns that you might not 'knit up' have great stitch patterns on them-- I've made some scarves that way.. just select stitch patterns from something.

KnittinMitchie
10-09-2008, 01:04 PM
yup I've got all of mine. They are in a plastic container that you can keep flies in. (I'm very fussy about my patterns) I get crochet magazines too so I'm organized.

McKnitty
10-09-2008, 03:06 PM
I keep all of mine too. However, I don't have a huge stash of magazines (yet). I don't subscribe, and I only buy the issues that I really want.

Crycket
10-09-2008, 03:58 PM
I do...but then I have mags around (Like YM) sitting around from 1990....so...I am a bad person to judge by...*smiles*....

mathwizard
10-09-2008, 04:54 PM
I keep my magazines. I am on my 15th magazine holder. I have knitting and crochet pattern books and many magazines in these holders. I have books that were my mom's and mine also. I hate to part with any of them and I am in the process of organizing my stuff as I also have Annie's Attic small magazines from the seventies.

thecatsmother
10-09-2008, 05:45 PM
Well being a quilter and machine embroider as well I was becoming overrun with magazines.
My rule is I won't buy a magazine unless it's a 2 gasper(as in "gasp" I have to make that)and the magazines I have I removed the patterns from the ones that only had 1or 2 patterns I knew I would use.Magazines with too many temptations or techniques I want to learn I keep.
I have found so many wonderful pattern sites on the web I may never buy another one again.
Oh!!! wait that's a lie the first night I joined here I seen a baby sweater done by artlady and I searched all over to get the name then ordered it from my LYS.

LilHuskiesFootBallMom
10-09-2008, 07:35 PM
I scan in the pages I want and then either post the magazines on freecycle, drop them off at the library, the laundromat, or "accidentally" leave them behind at the doctor's office.

KnittinMitchie
10-09-2008, 07:44 PM
I also send them onto my mom if I see something she would like to crochet. Right now she's doing a fillet Crochet table runner that has a farm scene on it. It came from Crochet World.

miccisue
10-09-2008, 07:49 PM
yup I've got all of mine. They are in a plastic container that you can keep flies in. (I'm very fussy about my patterns) I get crochet magazines too so I'm organized.

You keep your flies in a plastic container?:teehee:

Seriously, I keep all my magazines....I know if I ever pitched one, within two weeks I'd need a pattern from it that I never ever figured I'd use........sigh

Quiltlady
10-10-2008, 06:48 PM
I keep the majority of my Knitting magazines. Once in awhile there is an issue that I see nothing at all I want to knit...out it goes.

KnitClickChick
10-10-2008, 07:52 PM
I keep all of mine. There is at least one pattern in every one I hope to get around to some day, and I always think that my tastes may change, and there will be still others in there I will want. I actually just bought a new book case because my magazine holders were crammed full. I've also been thinking about spinning lately, so have started adding Spin Off to the collection, and a few crochet magazines also. Besides the patterns, there are so many techniques I like to go back and refer to from time to time. They are so expensive, I could never throw them away, but I would consider giving them to Goodwill or Salvation Army if I ever had to clear some space.

Mirl56
10-10-2008, 08:32 PM
I definitely keep them. I am sad to say not very organized, but I have them.

I used to be an obsessive cross stitcher and always keep all the mags I bought then. I'm finally weeded thru those and getting rid of some, but having a difficult time 'tossing' them.

ArtLady1981
10-11-2008, 05:30 AM
YES YES YES!

1knittychick
10-11-2008, 10:04 AM
I was organizing my stuff and thought about just taking the patterns out of the magazines and their corresponding photos and recycling the rest of the magazine but then decided not to.

Does anyone else keep them or do you just keep the patterns? It would sure save me space to recycle them but I'm having a hard time parting with them.

I keep the issue until the new one arrives. Then, I keep the patterns, pictures, etc in a binder. I wish I could keep all of them, but my stash takes up the extra space.

Doublereeder2
10-11-2008, 10:17 AM
Yes, I have every last one of them!

KnittinMitchie
10-11-2008, 10:03 PM
You keep your flies in a plastic container?:teehee:

Seriously, I keep all my magazines....I know if I ever pitched one, within two weeks I'd need a pattern from it that I never ever figured I'd use........sigh

they are made for hanging file folders and hold up to being moved about

Cynamar
10-12-2008, 12:14 AM
I scan the patterns I want to save into a folder on my computer. I have a teeny house and no storage! If I'm making something right away I tear it out.

ChibiMethos
12-02-2008, 05:25 AM
I used to. What was worse was I worked at a used book store and had access to vintage mags from the 60s and 70s too.

I kept them for 8 years, then, when I got ready to go back to school this fall, scanned the patterns I wanted, and tossed the lot. Against the advice of the one person in the house that tells me I have too much stuff!

Mostly I hold on to my craft books, mags seem too temporary to me.

DQ
12-02-2008, 06:07 AM
I was organizing my stuff and thought about just taking the patterns out of the magazines and their corresponding photos and recycling the rest of the magazine but then decided not to.


I did that with most of my UK magazines but I kept the US ones and a few other special ones.

klymyshyn
12-02-2008, 08:02 AM
I've tried taking the patterns out to conserve on shelf space but it becomes very confusing (with text on both sides...following the continuity of different patterns) - so now - I buy mags sparingly and write with fine Sharpie on the cover the names of the patterns I find noteworthy. This works for me.
kelly.

SewCrazy
12-02-2008, 08:07 AM
I subscribe to Creative Knitting and I keep EVERY issue and EVERY pattern. I never know when my knitting needs will change. Like just recently we adopted a chihuahua. I've never had a small dog or a dog that needed to be clothed. So of course the very first thing I did was to knit him some very handsome little sweaters and go through my knitting mag collection to find the patterns. I have to say hats of to CK though, as they've introduced their online mag subs. :woohoo: Now I can download and save to disk only what I think I will need, but they do archive, so I can go back later.
A good tip: go digital. If you can, scan your patterns and mags into your computer and save them to a disk. It takes up a lot less room and is very fast when looking for a pattern if you organize the disk well.

teadrinkr
12-02-2008, 12:32 PM
I bought monthly issues of non-knitting magazines for years. I had boxes full that had to go when they threatened to take over the small basement. I now knit and am very picky about what knitting magazines I buy. I do not subscribe to any. If I buy a magazine it has to have at least one thing or more I absolutely plan on knitting. And since I am a slow knitter it can't be something that will go out of style soon. I then know that any knitting magazine I have has patterns that I will knit at some time or another down the line. Since I am so picky about what I buy and don't buy much, I do keep them.

booskibabe
12-02-2008, 02:25 PM
I've kept all of mine so far... tastes change, and patterns I don't like now I may like in the future. Besides, if I don't like at least 75% of the patterns in the mag I don't buy it. Well, once or twice I've bought one because it explained a technique I wanted to learn, but otherwise the 75% rule holds. :)
Of course my earliest knitting mag is winter 2006, so my stash isn't huge... yet. :)

Jan in CA
12-02-2008, 04:12 PM
I do. There is more to them for the knitting addict than just patterns. Some of the articles are interesting and helpful and even the ads are fun to look at and dream about. :teehee: Of course someday I may have an overload and have to make some choices. ;)

gingergal4l8r
12-03-2008, 09:25 AM
I have not read through all threads, so I apologize if someone has mentioned this.
At your local Office Supply store, you can find magazine holders,they can be used on a book shelf or any shelf. This is how I keep my mags organized. You are able to see the binding easily to know what is what. So I guess my answer to your question is NO I do not throw my mags away.