Grammie, like you, I don't even bother to look at what EL has to offer. Their designs are almost always too dense.
UT designs are often pretty strange, but I enjoy some of their designs to use for my kids. For example, recently I purchased a design that said "I found this Humorous" with a picture of a bone.
Im too old to understand most of my kids interests and humor, but UT helps me find things that they might like. Plus, I find that they always stitch out nicely. Directions for projects...not so much. They are too "quick and easy" without much quality.