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!
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.
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.