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Mason*Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide - Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes and Pictures Hardcover – 1 Mar 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft (1 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307236056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307236050
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 1.9 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 619,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Mason-Dixon Knitting" is one of those books that makes a home in the heart of knitters. Like a couple of favorite aunts ushering you into a sunny kitchen for tastes of cookie dough and the sharing of secrets, the authors comfort, inspire, amuse, and brighten the life of the lucky reader who steps into their world. I fell in love right away with the book's colors, playful approach, and designs... Ann and Kay's friendly repartee and wry senses of humor, genuine friendship, and the steady rhythm of cheerful and obsessive knitting interwoven with the pulsing music of family life make this a book to curl up on the couch with as well as to knit from." --Cat Bordhi, author of "A Magical Treasury of Knitting"
"Receiving a pre-publication review copy of this sparkling new book is one of the happiest things that's happened to me in good long while. To read "Mason-Dixon Knitting" is to find yourself surrounded by a world of smiles; it is to remember what's really important in this world (hint: it has to do with loved ones, home and joy); and, to discover some amazingly good, exciting knitting!" --Nancy Parsons, author and editor of Knittersbookshelf.com
"When I heard that Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne were writing a book, I was intrigued. Gardiner and Shayne are the two voices behind Mason-Dixon Knitting, an ingenious blog based on the ongoing correspondence of two friends (they met in an online knitting forum, and one lives in New York while the other resides in Tennessee-hence Mason-Dixon). Their blog is a warm and welcoming place, and their creative endeavors never cease to inspire me. The book is slated for a late March release, but I got my hands on an early copy at TNNA last week. Itucked it in my bag and promptly forgot about it until later that night when I was back in my hotel room and getting ready for bed. Having already read the room-service menu not once but twice, I figured I'd let Kay and Ann put me to sleep. But they didn't. An hour later I was still wide awake, relishing every word and unable to believe the book could be this good." --Knittersreview.com, Clara Parkes

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. Lucky for us, she returned to knitting with a vengeance. After stints in the New York publishing world, Ann Meador Shayne returned to her hometown of Nashville to edit BookPage. She has since chosen to devote her time to her family, and knitting. Kay and Ann met on an online knitting message board two years ago and their correspondence has grown into a close-knit community of more than 10,000 who regularly log on to www.masondixonknitting.com.


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I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. As a reasonable knitter I always thought that spending time knitting a blanket or rug is a waste and that it should be spent knitting garments - either for others or yourself - but this book sent me on a buying frenzy and I am half way through a log cabin blanket. I just love it - the whole concept is fantastic - and I asked friends and family to buy me a different skein and colour of wool for my birthday so that I can say that they are all part of my heirloom. I feel very confident in saying that you will enjoy this book and may well gain something from it that you weren't expecting.
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How about knitting a dragon panel for the back of a jeans jacket? Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne say "Yeehah! Go for it!" These designers have cooked up a knitting book that has patterns that roam far from the usual range. There are the practical--dishcloths and handtowels, the decorative (that applique panel for a denim jacket) and the just plain beautiful--a flax lace edging for a baby's traditional bassinet basket (the kind of cradle or baby bed that is a lined rush basket on a stand.)

Fun, simple project abound in this book. How about scribbles--scarves made of thick yarn and way-way thin yarn that when knitted in a stripe pattern, make a kind of floating scribble on a net of fine-gauge knitting. If you have a stash of lace yarn and some interesting novelty yarn, you have a fascinating scarf project just waiting for you. Or perhaps you would like to knit a camisole or nightie --a lace top with ribbon straps.

I found many things I wanted to knit in this book, like a bathmat in Peaches&Cream absorbent cotton, a flying geese blanket in colors like a raspberry sundae (it uses a log-cabin piece-knitting technique.) And then the fabulous "Nina" shawl that can be made loud and wild in coral, pink and black, or go completely multiple-personality with muted fuzzy yarn in the colors of a winter marshland.

There is LOTS to knit here, and the book goes from simple to moderately complex. So a beginning knitter could start on the dishcloths and scarves and graduate to intricate pieced blankets and lacework. This book is especially recommended if you like to knit gifts for people as there are many projects that beg to be made for a loved friend or relative. Highly recommended!!!
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The best knitting book I've ever had.

There WILL be something that you want to knit in here. I'd started my first item within hours of the book arriving in the post. This book is a treasure-trove of simple but amazing knitting ideas, from dish cloths (way more interesting than they sound!) to bright, colourful log cabin blankets, from baby kimonos to linen hand towels. Perfect for gift ideas.

It's a pleasure to read, with humour and clear instructions throughout. Clearly written by two people who care about knitting and each other. This book brought back all the excitement that I felt when I first started knitting.

I cannot recommend this book enough, and all my knitter friends will be receiving this for their birthdays!

Buy it!
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This is a great book for intermediate knitters. It challenges you to think about your knitting in a different way, trying new things with techniques you already know, and I have enjoyed reading it very much. The reason I have only awarded 4 stars is that of the 2 patterns I have attempted, both have been a bit vague about important points or had errors. It is also difficult to get a lot of the yarns used outside of the USA, so if you're not very confident at finding substitutions, this may be a problem for you.

The book has a 'how to get started' section, but if you have never knit before, this is not the book for you. There is no instructional information on the basics. If you want to start knitting, Debbie Bliss' How to Knit is a better choice. You need to be able to knit, purl and know how to pick up stitches and do a few different cast ons to get the most from this book.

In summary, this is a great book for inspiration and wit, but not so great for instruction or learning new techniques.
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This is more than a knitting book, it is a really enjoyable read. I bought it for the Log Cabin blanket pattern, as mentioned by verypinkknits.com, and discovered it was far more than a pattern book. The authors weave wonderful stories about their adventures in knitting around all the patterns. A great addition to any knitter's book shelf.
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