Three of them have appeared since the August bank holiday came and went. The Art of Crochet for one which promises you a ‘rewarding & relaxing’ hobby, only 99p for issue one which includes two balls of yarn and a getting started DVD.
It doesn’t stay at 99p an issue of course. Issue two is £1.99 and £3.99 a week thereafter for a further 118 weeks, so in two and half years and £355.80 poorer you can be a master of the crochet needle.
If you have deeper pockets (literally and figuratively) there is the Classic Pocketwatches Collection, starting with the ‘Dickens’ in issue one for £2.99.
Should you subscribe you’ll receive another pocketwatch every fortnight, although the price rises to £8.99 after issue two. After 160 weeks you will have a collection that will cost you £710.20, excluding the special display trays which cost £11.99 each.
But the most aggravating is the Build-it-Yourself HMS Sovereign of the Seas partwork from DeAgostini who will send you all the bits to build a 1:84 scale model over 135 issues at a cost of £804.65.
I suppose that this might seem like a bargain compared to the £1,450 for a similar sized model from Admiralty Models, but then they also say: ‘this historic ship model represents a true challenge to the ship model builder.’
In other words, it’s fiddly which DeAgostini don’t tell you, even if the ‘free’ razor saw and mitre, mini clamps and 18v rotary tool kit should give you a clue. And it will take you nine months longer than it took to build the original in 1637.
You could buy one ready made for about £75, but if you really want something to do for the next 30 months see the advert below.