This weekend I was so excited because a couple of friends and I headed down to porter square in Cambridge for a book release party. I have been reading Amy Herzog’s blog for quite a while and I LOVED her fit to flatter series. Well, she has taken that series, along with the knowledge she gained from teaching workshops and classes and she has written a book with patterns included.
This book is WAY more than a pattern book and it’s not even an instructional knitting book. It takes tips on what you want your clothes to say, highlight and disguise and it walks you through how to incorporate adjustments into your handknitted garment. Before I talk about the event and how amazing it was I also want to mention that she has a craftsy class around these same principles and if you head over to stash and burn podcast you can even find a link to a discount for the class
Now the party was great, there were raffles and measurements being taken, a photo booth and sample sweaters. Unfortunately, due to a recent surgery measurements were not going to happen for me due to fear of pain and also some swelling. Thankfully, they gave out a pre-made card with measurements blank. The measurements were FULL measurements. Not just a bust measurement but a high and full bust measurement (just as an example) done by someone other than you so they are accurate. I'm planning to have a measuring party with some knitting pals at a later date so we can all have full measurements for ourselves
The sweater booth was awesome because I could try on sweaters from the book and absolutely rule out making a couple of them to start and decide to absolutely make one of them not just make it, but use the yarn and color in the sample.
The photo booth was done by a great photographer and she put the photos online so that you have a GOOD photo of you, a photo that looks like you and hopefully shows what makes you unique. That was a wonderful treat for those of us that are trying to allow ourselves to be photographed even though we don’t love our current body.
There are only two things that I don’t love from this weekend the first is only barely related to the event. There is a yarn store within a block of where the event took place and while I understand having consistent hours I think a smart move would have been to stay open a bit late for those attending and maybe even cosponsoring the event (maybe they tried I don’t know, but our experience of walking up the stairs as the store closed wasn’t the most positive one).
The second small complaint I have is really about the styling in the book. The book is FULL of amazing photos of women of all shapes and sizes! In the evaluation sections these people are all dressed in white cami/tanktops and jeans. It is very uniform and really helps you see what is going on. The outfits that these same people wear while showing off the sweaters are….. distracting. In some cases (though not all) I think they drown out all of the flattering/highlighting/etc that the sweater is designed to do. It isn’t that the outfits are bad, but they just don’t highlight the features that the sweaters are supposed to highlight.
With that said, I would and do still recommend you buy the book.
The price of the book is worth the two sweaters I’m going to make out of it alone plus I have an AMAZING reference about adjusting a sweater just for me. I’m super duper excited to get started using it first on a sweater from outside the book and then to make the two sweaters in the book that I am in love with.
A note about this review. Amy (and her publisher STC) doesn’t know me from adam though I did meet her at the event (which I only knew about b/c of her blog). I did not receive the book for free, I paid full price to the bookstore that hosted the event and I was happy to do so. I encourage you to find a bookstore that you like (online or brick and mortar) and buy the book as well. It is worth every single penny. Also, let me know what sweater you want to knit with all of the help from Amy's book