Favorite Resources

True Freestyle Fashion can only be successful with  a strong background in the basics. Exploring and experimenting can be frustrating and discouraging with understanding some basic principles and without good reference resources. I list some of recommendation below. Please suggest your favorites.


Craft Sanity is Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s website and podcast. I especially love her podcasts. She spends about one hour interviewing a crafter/entreprenuer. Listening has brightened many a miserable day at work when I would rather be crafting.

CraftyPod is another excellent podcast with interviews of professional and amateur crafters.


The Yarn Girl’s Guide to Simple Knits byJulie Carles and Jordana Jacobs published by Clarkson Potter 2002. This book has all of the fundamentals in the first chapter (including basic crochet for finished edges on your knits). The rest of the book is simple, easily adaptable patterns on the usual suspects (sweaters, tanks, hats, scarves, etc.)

The Harmony Guide to Knitting Stitches by Lyric Books Limited, 1983. This book also contains an introductory chapter on basics, but is primarily an encyclopedia of patterns and stitches. Not patterns for projects, but patterns such as garter stitch, rib stitch, and lace stitches. This book is probably out of print, but can be found and purchased online. I received the book second hand from a friend.

Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom: Essential Techniques and Recipes from a Lifetime of Cooking by Julia Child with David Nussbaum published by Alfred A. Knopf 2000. All of the basics from the Master.

The Fannie Farmer Baking Book by Marion Cunningham published by Wings Books 1984. This book is based on the receipes of the nineteenth century classic writer and cook. Covers everything, and is written in a simple, accessible manner. The cookies never fail to please.


Not Martha is the project of Megan Reardon. She blogs about her current projects and finds. I heard about this site on the craftsanity podcast.

Design Sponge. doesn’t the name say it all?


Wild Fibre. My favorite craft/art supply store in Savannah. Wild Fibre yarn

One Response to “Favorite Resources”

  1. Jobeth May 7, 2011 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m not easily imrpessed. . . but that’s impressing me! 🙂

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