Hangin’ Tough … With A New Kids On The Block Homemade Sweater

Necessity, and extreme fandom, are the mothers of invention, right? That’s exactly what prompted German mom Joanne Conklin to knit these totally out of control New Kids on the Block and Vanilla Ice sweaters for her teenage daughter. Before she knew it, she’d launched a full on NKOTB knitwear empire. “We were living in Germany at the time and bands like New Kids On The Block were huge with the teen set,” says Joanne. “However, there were no fan T-shirts to be found anywhere, so I decided to knit sweaters. I made one for my daughter, then her friends, and word-of-mouth spread and the next thing you know I’d knit over a hundred of them, selling all but about six of them.” And you can understand why. After all, these are no mere cableknit jawns [This will be the last time I allow Julie to use her obscure Philly slang in a post, FYI. -- Editor], but rather, works of Joey McIntyre-inspired magic. More sweater bliss after the jump! [Craftzine]


I’m “Forever Your Girl,” just in case you forgot, Joey.

Nothing says “To the extreme I rock the mic like a vandal,” like polyblend knit.

The songs, you guys.

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