Mason-Dixon knitting The curious knitters' guide : stories, patterns, advice, opinions, questions, answers, jokes, and pictures

Kay Gardiner

Book - 2006

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New York : Potter Craft c2006.
1st ed
Item Description
"Created for knitters everywhere who share the give 'em hell spirit of just picking up the needles and making stuff"--Cover.
Physical Description
160 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (p. 152-153) and indexes.
Main Author
Kay Gardiner (-)
Other Authors
Ann Shayne (-), Steve Gross, Sue Daley
Review by Library Journal Reviews

New Yorker Gardiner and Texan Shayne cowrite a popular blog called Mason-Dixon Knitting. Here they share the joy of knitting with a wider audience in a book that, were it a movie, would rate as a three-star comedy. Yes, there's knitting--some 30 fun and inventive knitting patterns, e.g., Heartbreakingly Cute Baby Kimono, Mason-Dixon After-Dark Nightie)--but there's also a hilarious knitting history time line, interviews with creative knitters, sidebars on topics like British slang, field-tested favorite TV shows to knit by, places in which the authors have tried to knit and failed, and essays on the joy of community knitting. An excellent annotated bibliography of "books to lead you to great heights of creative genius" rounds off this entertaining read. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [Page 76]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

The creators of the popular blog celebrate the art of knitting in a fresh, entertaining collection of how to instruction, practical advice, and creative projects, featuring a range of simple patterns for blankets, rugs, baby handknits, and home accessories. 25,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Enjoy the practical advice, real-life knitting instruction, and irreverent humor of Yankee Kay Gardiner and Tennessean Ann Shayne, the duo behind the renowned knitting web log The ladies of Mason-Dixon Knitting will take you on a thrilling adventure through Knitopia, a place where knitting and creativity unite through the zaniest knitted items imaginable. Kay and Ann reveal that a pattern is a starting line, a launching pad, the front doors of Saks the day after Thanksgiving: oh, the potential! Mason-Dixon Knitting is a collection of unbelievable patterns, a how-to manual, and a crazy quilt of hilarious narrative, all in one. In this book, Kay and Ann chitchat their way through a series of more than thirty incredible patterns. Drawing creative inspiration from their surroundings, they present colorful blankets, sassy nightgowns, a delicate curtain, and much more to reveal that knitting can weave its way into just about every aspect of life. Most of these projects are the epitome of ease, but you can make them as simple or complicated as you prefer. Kay and Ann invite you to use your creative vision to interpret each pattern and give it your own personal touch. Full-color photography of these delightful home- and family-inspired knits accompanies each project. Along the way, Kay and Ann will introduce you to incredible knitting personalities, share their own knitting experiences, and present eye-popping knitting phenomena. Mason-Dixon Knitting explores the humor, fun, and outrageous possibilities of a realm in which knitting is much more than a craft—it’s a lifestyle.Inspiration, Guidance, and 30 Projects to KnitFeaturing: Technical hints; Great (knitted) things you will do; How to cope with disaster; Must-knit tv; Mistakes you will definitely make; Knitting for the common good; Knitting something that looks like something else