In another forum I have been quite vocal about the local Knitting mag, Creative Knitting. But I haven't said anything about it here. I really couldn't be bothered. Aussie knitters had high hopes for this publication, but it has suffered from continuing editorial problems (2 editors last year and 2 more already this year) and has never taken off. The designs were generally very poor, the photography was crap, and they really didn't seem to know anything about knitting - they paid more for a man's jumper than a woman's (like it's harder to design for men?) - and advertisers have been deserting them. There was some attempt to present good technical articles, but most of the content was fluff - and tacky fluff at that. I thought that the standout design was the lime-green baby outfit trimmed with eyelash yarn (just the thing for bubs to suck on!)
I had two scarf patterns published last year. They kept the scarves for six months before they used them, photographed them badly, published my email address with them without my permission (it's OK, they got it wrong), and never paid me. I've given up asking. It could have been worse - another designer had her mobile phone number published with her contribution! They finally returned my scarves three months later, squashed back into the postbag I'd used to send them, each with a little tag on them to indicate the right side to photograph.
Among local designers and advertisers the stories are legion: unpaid bills, designs photographed back-to-front, designers wrongly credited with other people's designs.
David Dale of the Sydney Morning Herald wrote an article on local mags last week and today he posted some of the comments he received, including one from me.
I believe that the publishers are advertising yet again for an editor. If they don't get it right this time I'd say that this venture will sink without a trace - its sales figures have been slowly dropping. And that's sad - there are lots of knitting designers in Australia (and New Zealand) who are good enough to be published. And there's plenty going on to write about. And, as we all know, there are many many knitters in this country - and we deserve better!