Book Review – Custom Knits


I purchased the book Custom Knits by Wendy Bernard a few weeks ago.  I started reading her blog ever since Adrienne interviewed Wendy in a podcast several months ago or late last year.  I do like her blog entries and it was a delighted to purchcase the book.

I think the books conveys to a lot of knitters that detest sewing seams, and Wendy has created pieces that a knitter can knit from the top down to avoid sewing seams (thank goodness).  The book is a godsend as I am relatively new to knitting and glad to see someone creating knitting patterns in one piece.  I definitely will be knitting a few of the projects in the books like the cape.  Wendy makes suggestions of how you can make the project yours (becoming your own knitwear designer) to make the project unique for you.  Most of the yarns Wendy recommends is affordable and readily available to purchase online.

Wendy also suggest making your own body double to make sure that your measurements are accurate, so you do not knit a sweater that does not properly fit.  I recommend anyone interested in knitting from the top down seamless cardigans and sweaters, and the possibilities of creating your custom knits are almost endless.


Knitting Projects and others happenings

In addition to having some kind of knitting ADD (I have a few projects going on now), I managed to take in a movie on Sunday.  I saw “The Secret Life of Bees,” and thought it was a good story and well-acted movie.  It is sort of a chick flick but without the romantic comedy.  I am not going to give away what happens in the film, and some of you may have read the book some time ago.  I have to say movies for women can be few and far between especially for African-American women in dramatic roles, and it is up to us as consumers to come out and see these films.

Now for the knitting projects.  I am currently working on a sweater using a new yarn from Cascade called Greenland which is a super merino wash yarn using a 9 knitting needles.  The sweater is knitted from the top down without sewing any seams and probaby will take me a few weeks to complete the project.  I am working on another pair of wrist warmers using Sublime organic merino wool on size 6 double pointed needles.  The pattern for the wrist warmers can be found on should want to knit a the toasty warmers for yourself as it is getting chilly.  I woke up this morning and it was 42 degrees in New Jersey.

I purchased yarn for my crocher muffler project from the fall issue of Crochet Magazine.  I didn’t want to purchase yarn suggested because it’s $40.00 a skein and that is a little expensive for me.  So, I purchased The Fibre Company’s canopy sport yarn which is $14.00 a skein which means I can make the project for $28.00 versus $80.00 (add for $4.00 and I could make three mufflers at that price). 

From all these projects, I managed to crochet a hat in the process which I am wearing today because it’s just a wee bit chilly.  Well that’s it for the time being.

Busy, Busy, Busy

It’s been too long since my last post, and wanted to thank Adrienne and Belinda for leaving me with birthday wishes.  I have been a little busy the last few weeks with paying cost attention to the election.  I went to West Philly on Saturday to volunteer for the Obama rally.  I was tired at the end of the day, but it was well worth it. There must have been at least 20,000 people at the rally to see Barack Obama, and I was there to have people sign up to volunteer Election Day weekend and hand out stickers at the rally.  One woman and her son was not able to get into the rally in Germantown and came across town to see Obama, I had to give them a sticker because it was obvious they wanted to be at the rally.

After the rally, our group from New Jersey knocked on doors in the neighborhoods to encourage people to vote.  There was one person who said that she may not vote because of her religion, but that is her choice. However, I really got involved with this election because it’s important.  I know not everyone is going to vote for Barack Obama, but it still important to have your vote count.  Get out there, and vote this year!