Guys, it’s been ages since I’ve knitted a stitch, let me be real. I think I found the book that’s cured my dry spell.
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Designer and podcaster extraordinaire, Elizabeth Green Musselman aka DarkMatterKnits has made it her knitting mission to design stuff for men and boys, a (let’s be real here) neglected demographic. And this book?
It’s more than just a pattern book. Your kids may want to steal it.
There are patterns but there’s also a story of a little boy who goes and defeats a monster named Frostbite in a Calvin and Hobbes meets the Ninja Turtles sort of way. He doesn’t want to wear a sweater (honestly, who did at that age?!) so his creative mom knits him a gi, pants, a bag, throwing stars and a pair of nunchucks.
And since the throwing stars and nunchucks are made out of yarn, no one’s eye will be poked out.
What I also really like is Elizabeth’s use of yarn. All the samples are knit with Berroco Vintage, an acrylic/wool blend that I’ve used before. It’s warm without feeling like a piece of plastic, it’s affordable, and it’s machine wash and dryable! I don’t understand designers who use very expensive and easily dirtied yarn for children’s wear. Kids are grubby and have a knack for getting dirty and ain’t no one got time for handwashing out mud and grass stains.
You can buy a PDF copy via Ravelry, or a paperback version through Cooperative Press.
You can also try your luck at winning a digital PDF copy right here. Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions.
Good luck and happy knitting!
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I’m hitting the road for the rest of September! Here’s where you can find me:
- No Coast Craft-o-Rama Field Trip Saturday September 20, 2014 at Silverwood Park, St. Anthony, MN. I’ll be at booth #21, stop by and say hi.
- Stupid Cancer’s OMG! East Saturday September 27, 2014 at New York Law School in New York City, NY.
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