Hot summer knits
Swimwear designer Ashley Paige knows more than most about the interplay between crafts and fashion. Her knits have graced the bodies of such stars as Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Gwen Stefani, and her book Sexy Little Knits: Chic Designs to Knit and Crochet brings her sultry sensibility to the home crafter. The book offers 25 designs including beach wear, fun summer clothes and pieces to wear at home. The projects show incredible range, from a nylon robe to a halter dress with peek-a-boo hearts to barely-there bikinis and an long mesh nightgown. This book is not for beginners, as it doesn't given any basic knitting or crocheting instructions. It's also not for the timid (and not just because there's a derriere on the cover). Those who have been looking for something daringly different to knit or crochet will find that this book fills the niche perfectly. Sarah E. White is the senior editor of the crafting website LovetoKnow Crafts.