Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mend it Better

I am so excited to announce that I am in a book! Mend it Better by Kristin Roach came out in February, and I was thrilled to be a contributor.

I have been a long time reader of Kristin's blog, Craft Leftovers, so when she put out a call for submissions for her book I was very excited.

I originally blogged about this sweater project on my old blog here, but the short version is that I found a gorgeous cashmere sweater at a thrift store for a couple of bucks. When I got home, I realized that there were a few small holes. Luckily they were in inconspicuous places and I decided to do buttonhole stitch around the holes, so they wouldn't get any bigger. Then I sewed beads around the holes to look like flowers and stems.

There are a number of great projects and step-by-step techniques included in this book. I love that there are both specific projects and great inspiration for mending anything. As someone who shops at thrift stores a lot I think this book is indispensable.

Thanks to Kristin and the staff at Storey for including my sweater! To read more about the book, visit the Mend It Better website, and be sure to visit the Storey Publishing Facebook page as well. Storey is even offering a giveaway here and on the other sites of the blog tour--leave a comment by 8:00 pm Eastern on March 18th and you could win a free copy of Mend It Better!

Thanks to all who entered the contest! The random number generator came up with number 3, NL Clark! Congratulations!


  1. I have seen the sweater and it is awesome! Caitlin is an amazing crafter and all-around wonderful person.

    She must be--my son married her.
    Proud mom-in-law

  2. Caitlin is an avid knitter and craftsperson. She is always learning & mastering new techniques. She makes a mother proud!

    Proud Mom

  3. Wow!!!. Caitling did it again. Such an inspirational and delightful niece. She makes her whole family proud of her many accomplishments, especially me. Love, Auntie Nancy

  4. Congratulations! Can't wait to read it!

  5. Ooh the book looks great and I love your project!

  6. Kate sent me here - congratulations and what a cute idea for mending the sweater. I can't wait to get my hands on this book for mending inspiration (I always have a stack, it always seems so boring).

  7. I've been wanting a book like this! I always try to mend in a creative way, but often my imagination fails me. That sweater repair is adorable.

  8. This looks like a very good book.