Making a small project with Noro makes a lot more sense to someone like me on a budget. And this book has 30 projects that you can make with a hank or two of Noro so that you can enjoy the artful color arrays without breaking the bank on a sweater. You can make scarves, fingerless gloves, an Entrelac iPad cover, a tote, hats and cowls. There's even a little shrug for someone who wants to invest in some Noro Kureyon, a wool yarn.
If you read this book and think that the projects are just too expensive to make in the recommended yarn, you may still find this book very useful. Substitute your own yarn. If you can't find a similar self-striping yarn, like Lion Brand Amazing or Bernat Mosaic, just get some odds and ends out of your stash and experiment. Is the quality going to be the same? It depends. Maybe, maybe not. But I'll bet you can create something wonderful if you put your mind to it.
The Slip Stitch Cowl on page 42 is an example of what I mean. This is a long, full cowl that uses slip stitches to take advantage of the self-striping yarn. But if you don't have yarn that changes colors, you could make this scarf by manually changing the colors yourself, and it would be just as beautiful.
I really like this book for ideas for gift-giving, too. There are projects in here that are very stylish, and if you make a gift from this book and tell the recipient that you made her something from Vogue, that gives you a certain caché.
The book retails for $25 in the US and has 30 patterns. That's less than $1 per pattern. I think it's the kind of book you can turn to often as you are looking for last-minute gifts, swap gifts or gifts for people you don't know real well but need a nice gift for. For these reasons, I think the $25 could be a good investment.