Episode 57: Make It Fit – An Interview with Amy Herzog

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This episode of the Shinybees podcast is sponsored by Yarn in the City. Yarn in the City creates experiential yarn-centric events for knitters and makers, designed to bring people together through a shared love of craft. Yarn in the City organises the annual Great London Yarn Crawl taking place this year on Saturday, 5th September.

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This week I’m delighted to welcome Amy Herzog to the show to talk about her experiences in moving into knitting as a full time occupation. Previously employed in computer security, Amy teamed up with her husband to produce a computer program to help with her design work. This then led on to the genesis of CustomFit. This system allows you to use any yarn and any gauge to create a pattern which will work for you.

Amy’s top tips for making knitwear that fits:

1) Any garment has to fit you properly in the shoulders, so choose a size where the shoulders work for you for that design.

2)Don’t lie to yourself about your gauge. Knit as you do normally when swatching; don’t try to match a particular gauge number.

3) Don’t stress it too much. Knitwear is very forgiving and the little mistakes really won’t matter! Good enough is really good enough.

You can find Amy blogging on her website, as well as links to all her social media.

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There’s a month’s subscription for the CustomFit Plus plan on offer in this episode’s giveaway. To enter, head over to the group on Ravelry and leave a comment saying what part of knitting to fit you find hardest.


That’s all from me this week. As always, thank you for listening. Feedback is always appreciated, and you can email me or message me via Ravelry or social media. If you enjoyed listening today, please consider leaving an iTunes review, to help others find the podcast too. Happy crafting!

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