Matt Berger, Sandy Hook, CT, US

craft interests: knitting, sewing, woodworking, paint-by-numbers

Gender: Male

Member Since: 04/09/2008

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Real Men Knit and Sew

The testosterone set makes a big impact on the crafting world. Meet some of today's masculine crafters who aren't afraid to knit and purl.

Wedding Ring from a Silver Coin

Did you know three U.S. coins produced in 1964 and prior are made from real silver? Quarters, dimes, and half-dollars to be specific. With that in mind, I used a silver half dollar to make my wedding...

The Lounge

The Ultimate Sewing Room contest entry. 

Knit Socks and Hat

I was about 8 years old when I knit my first piece of essential winter gear - a wool scarf a few inches wide and as long as my patience would allow. Over the years I progressed to circular needles...

Cat and The Hat Knit Socks

Wool socks are the ultimate in warmth during the winter season. Wool is water repellent and wicks moisture from your feet if you do get so warm that you sweat, which make these perfect gear for snow...

recent comments

Re: Stenciling a Shirt

cool spray paint. thanks for the link carlysew...

Re: The CraftStylish Caption Contest: Knitwear Comes Back to Haunt Us

As American as apple pie and wool-clad domestic terrorists

Re: Make a Tyvek Shopper Tutorial

Tyvek is underwrap for the siding on your house. You can buy it at Lowes or HD or most local hardware stores (and it is is made by other manufacturers as well under the generic name, housewrap).

It comes in a role big enough to cover the side of an entire house, so unless you want to make 1,000 of these tote bags, your best bet is to find a scrap of it. If a house is being resided or remodeled in your neighborhood, the carpenter should have some laying around.

Re: Untangle that Mess and Organize Your Handmade Jewelry

The wood jewelry hanger in the photo is also pretty easy to make if you don't want to spend the cash. I made one just like it for my mom in junior high shop class. Obviously the more effort you put in, the classier it will look.

Quick DIY instructions.
1. Find a few scraps of wood that measure about 3/8 in. thick by 2 in. wide by however long you want the hanger to be.

2. Use a handsaw (you can pick one up at the hardware store for 10 bucks) to cut a series of kerfs along one edge of each length of wood. Then use a 1/4 in. drill bit to bore a series of holes in the wood along the opposite edge.

3. Screw (don't just glue) each length of wood to a frame (an old picture frame would do), and hang it up on the wall!

Re: Welcome to the new Knitting Blog

I'm looking forward to your blog. I haven't knit in a while but this has inspired me to get back into it. Can you recommend any fun and simple projects?