CraftSanity Episode 63
Debbie Stoller On Crafting for Men
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The yarn is expensive and fabulous, the color is exquisite, and the cable pattern is divine.

So what's the problem?

Him. He won't wear the damn sweater you spent hours stitching.

Every now and then even the most gifted knitters and crocheters find themselves in this seemingly no-win situation.

Debbie Author Photo Son of SNB
Realizing this after creating a few items that bombed with her boyfriend, Debbie Stoller has just come out with a new book she hopes will reduce the frustration on both sides when crafty folks make gifts for men.

In addition to offering a diverse selection of patterns created by Stoller and her team of talented contributors, "Son of Stitch'N Bitch: 45 Projects to Knit & Crochet for MEN" offers an informative view of the history of "Men in Knits" and great advice on sizing, color and project selection. While this book won't prevent all future handmade gifts from ending up collecting dust in the back of a closet, there's an excellent chance it will reduce the occurrence of this.

Tune in to this week's podcast to hear Debbie talk about her new book and her upcoming stop in Grand Rapids.

This week's project: The folks at Workman publishing were very cool about letting me publish a great men's hat pattern "Ski Beanie" by Terra Jamieson from Stoller's new book. Download that PDF and cast on for your favorite man. I like this pattern and plan to make a couple of these myself.

"Craft Leftovers" Winner:
Congrats to Kathleen of Bonn, Germany, and thanks to Kristin for donating the December issue for the drawing.

This Week's Contest: Workman Publishing donated a copy of Stoller's new book for me to give away. To win leave a comment about crafting for men below. Copy your post into an e-mail to and I'll get you into the random drawing. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail so I know where to send your prize if you win. The deadline is Saturday, Dec. 2. Good luck everyone!

P.S. if you want to get to know Stoller better, check out the first podcast I recorded with her in 2006.

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