CHANGING OUR STRIPES

Dear lovely Pom Pom reader,

Summer is here! Well, even if your climes are not sunny (yet!), we can officially announce the start of planning those heady days relaxing outside with a dreamy WIP to match. Enter Issue 25, dedicated to a summer staple: stripes! Think beach huts, deckchairs, and classic Breton tops, think cool cotton tees and breezy long linen tops. Stay tuned for Ravelry previews on 10th May!

Pre-order is now live, and as you are securing yourself copy or investing in a subscription, we wanted to update you on an important change to our cover.

You know we like to mix things up with our covers, from the designs, colours, and models we feature, to our graphic design. Each cover has its own character, while firmly remaining Pom Pom Quarterly; Issue 25 is no exception with its snazzy stripes. However, you might have noticed a different sort of change on the cover too: one that will stay a constant for a good while to come. Where it has said £9.50 for many years, it now says £12.50.

It’s hard to know how to broach this without it sounding like an apology or justification. This isn’t that, but we didn’t want to let it slip by unacknowledged. Obviously, it is something we have thought long and hard about and haven’t done lightly. Without wishing to sound weird, needing to and having the (yarn) balls to raise our price is, in fact, something we are really proud of.

Last year we celebrated Pom Pom Quarterly turning five years old. That’s a momentous occasion for an independently published magazine working with independent designers, illustrators, writers, editors, yarns, and associated other good folk. Many of you have reported that you hadn’t really found a magazine that spoke to you until we came along, and you’ve stuck with us and brought friends. We are thrilled to still be here, setting standards and trends. Five years!

And now suddenly it’s six years and it’s time for us to do something even more grown up and ask for a raise, something we all know is phenomenally hard to do (and the statistics around women getting them when they ask for them is pretty appalling, so we hope you’ll buck that trend and support us). We want to keep bringing you what we’ve brought you. We are not promising added bells and whistles, instead, we’d like you to know that we are doing it in order to pay our contributors and staff more for the amazing creativity, thoughtfulness, skill and fun they share. We want to value what everyone in the Pom Pom community does, whether hobbyist or professional, not just with heartfelt thanks and the warm fuzzy feeling that accompanies knitting and yarn, but also with the cold hard stuff that puts bread on the table. Of course there are outside factors, let’s call them the boring things, like rent, printing costs, and the nature of exchange rates. And we’d like to be able to pay ourselves more too, something we always save till last.

So, there you have it. We hope you can celebrate this alongside us as we look forward to bringing you many more stellar issues (that’s a hint regarding issue 26 by the way)! As an FYI, the old issues will stay the same price, while subscription rates have gone up a little, the discount you receive as a subscriber is now greater. And, good news for our Pom pals in the US, as we’re now shipping from our HQ in Austin, Texas, which means a new, lower US shipping rate.

Thank you for creating our community of knitters, we’d love you to continue to show your support by;

– Recommending Pom Pom to a fellow knitty friend or why not treat them to a copy for some special surprise post?
– Follow our adventures @pompommag on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook and share your knits by tagging us and using the hashtag #pomproject.
– Listen to our podcast and come hang out with us on Ravelry, where you’ll meet fellow Pomcats, plus you might win a prize or two in a KAL.

Yes, there are other ways we could have done this. However, having spent a long time mulling them all over, we reached the conclusion that it would be as hard to make them sound appealing to you as it was to us. We don’t want to change our approach or level of advertising or anything else really. We have grown from dedication, love, and generosity on all sides and we can’t imagine it any other way.

Love,

Pom Pom xx

P.S. Thank you to our good friend and longtime columnist Anna Maltz for helping us to articulate our thoughts on this somewhat awkward subject! She’s one of the many, many talented and hard-working Pom Pom contributors who we hope will benefit from this change.

13 Responses to CHANGING OUR STRIPES

  1. Rebecca Anderson May 1, 2018 at 7:56 pm #

    This is a fantastic post. Totally the right decision and beautiful written and laid out for us. Thank you for supporting the creative artists that design for you – and yourselves.

  2. Desirée May 2, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    Well done!!

  3. Knitusch May 2, 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I am with you.

  4. Stitchbirdie May 2, 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Hooray for you and your support of independent makers and doers – it’s always a hard thing to ask for more money but you’ve done it beautifully and you deserve it

  5. Diane P. May 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm #

    I’m excited to hear more about your move to a new space. Congratulations and thank you for a podcast I really look forward to!

  6. Abi May 3, 2018 at 4:45 am #

    I haven’t actually bought an issue in a while (always love what you do, just trying to be frugal) but this beautifully articulated reminder of the importance of supporting independent artists has inspired me to renew by subscription.

    Thank you & well done!

  7. Melanie May 3, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    Pom Pom you are definitely worth that extra few squids for sure. As a subscriber I was wondering how this is going to work? Are you sending out bills for the extra if this comes part way through a subscription?

    Cheers Melanie xx

  8. Jenna May 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm #

    In my mind, there’s no ackwardness in telling the world that your time and energy has worth, which in this world must translate into dollars and cents (pounds and pence?). What you do clearly has worth to our community and we are happy to recognize and support that. Congratulations on recognizing this and stating it – you all deserve a raise!

  9. Kirstin sharp May 7, 2018 at 8:22 am #

    I live in stripes. I think I wear a Breton top nearly on a daily basis and it’s now tradition to give my parents stripey socks for every Xmas. Can’t wait for the new issue!

  10. Wendy May 7, 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    I have been very happy with all my Pompom magazines and often reread the articles or reknit patterns from old issues as I have found they don’t date. I have made several of the recipes so all in all you ate excellent value! Quality never goes out of style ?

  11. Alethea Allarey May 8, 2018 at 10:43 pm #

    Take my money. I can’t wait to pick up the next issue at one of my LYS’s. <3

  12. Cindy July 17, 2018 at 9:48 am #

    I am just wondering why the digital subscription is the same price as the physical subscription? It seems like it should be at least a little cheaper since the digital issue forgoes the printing and paper plus the shipping.

    • Pom Pom Mag July 24, 2018 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Cindy,

      Thanks for your comment! There is a discount with a digital subscription compared to buying 4 single digital copies. Plus you never have to pay for postage with a digital issue! Thanks for supporting Pom Pom, and if you have any more questions please do get in touch.
      xxx

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