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Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Picturesby Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Let me introduce Kay and Ann, the best gal pals a knitter can have. And, believe me, these ladies are serious addicts, total crackpots — I dare you not to become addicted yourself! In addition to the beautiful patterns, you'll find all the gossip and jokey chatter of their dependable blog masondixonknitting.com, along with the best darn knitting tips around!
Mason-Dixon Knitting is easy to get into — approachable and accessible — and it focuses on knitting items you will use daily, that you will love, that you will be proud to gives as gifts, and that recipients will be delighted to use.
The authors use an informal, even goofy, way to cheer you on in trying new techniques. Its theme — "Complex things are often very simple. And simple things can be very beautiful" — means that the patterns are meant to be customized according to your taste and skill. They're challenging enough to keep you engaged, easy enough to be fun. It's a satisfying combination.
Synopses & Reviews
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 masondixonknitting.com. 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—its a lifestyle.
Inspiration, Guidance, and 30 Projects to Knit
Featuring: 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
The duo behind the renowned knitting web log masondixonknitting.com takes knitters on a thrilling adventure through Knitopia, a place where knitting and creativity unite through the zaniest knitted items imaginable. Photos.
About the Author
Kay Gardiner learned to knit as a child, but put aside her needles for twenty years to obtain a law degree from Columbia, become an assistant United States attorney in Manhattan, and start a family. Luckily for us, she returned to knitting with a vengeance. After stints in the New York publishing world, Ann Shayne returned to her hometown of Nashville to edit BookPage. She has since chosen to devote her time to her family—and knitting.Two years ago, Kay and Ann met on an online knitting-message board, and their correspondence has grown into a “close-knit” community of more than ten thousand who regularly log on to masondixonknitting.com.
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