Because my body is, shall we say, challenging where proportions are concerned—essentially, the only thing standing between me and the kids’ pattern section is a pair of stubbornly grownup-sized boobs—I’m a big fan of knitting projects that are based on formulas and recipes. (You know, basic sock, hat, etc. patterns that can easily be scaled to fit different sizes if you follow certain mathematical rules.) They’re a wonderful way to achieve a custom fit—especially when your measurements are decidedly not standard—and they’re also great for wrapping your mind around how individual adjustments translate into shapes. Recipes are my absolute favorite way to knit! So, when I stumbled upon the Raglanify sweater knitting app while catching up on my RSS feed, my inner garment construction geek crowed with delight, then I immediately forked over my $0.99 for the iPhone/iPad app. Turns out, it’s pretty neat!
Attention NYC makers and lovers of crafting everywhere: You’re already supporting Brooklyn Craft Company, my pal Brett Bara’s soon-to-be-open DIY space, right?
Brooklyn Craft Company is a brick-and-mortar space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn featuring modern craft + DIY classes and events. Coming soon from the makers of Brooklyn Craft Camp.
Remember how much fun I had at Brooklyn Craft Camp? Imagine that kind of awesomeness happening every day!
Utterly helpless in the presence of beautiful sewing tools and notions, I am madly in love with pretty much everything made by British sewing company Merchant & Mills.
On the off chance that you’re a sewer and aren’t already acquainted with their simple, old-timey goodness, I feel that it’s my duty as a craft writer to introduce you to a few of my favorite items. Should the photos below spur any unplanned purchases, please accept my sincerest apologies. (Actually, who am I kidding? We both know that I’m not sorry.)
Sometimes, I just have to embrace my geeky side, and I’m totally smitten with DeAnne Smith and her Nerdy Love Song with Added Kitten Bonus.
I know it isn’t exactly crafty, but, in my book, music definitely counts as handmade.
Have a great weekend, guys!