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Knitter's Stash: Favorite Patterns from America's Yarn Shops [Hardcover]

Melanie Falick , Barbara Albright
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Sept. 15 2001
What today’s knitters love even more than knitting is visiting their local yarn shops and stocking up on new ideas, patterns, and tons of yarn. This collection of 30 patterns chosen from hundreds of entries submitted by yarn shops across the country is full of personal stories, knitting wisdom, and favorite tips from the people who have helped fuel today’s knitting revolution. The patterns range from designer sweaters and kids’ knits to small take-along projects. More than a pattern book, this delightful collection is like a trip to the yarn shop, a private session with the best knitters around, and a friendly chat with the country’s most passionate knitters all rolled into one.

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Imagine browsing through the nation's top yarn shops and chatting with owners about the projects that most appeal to their customers, how they got into the yarn business, and what they have learned about knitting through the years. Then imagine including everything you've learned along with 33 original patterns from 33 local yarn shops in a richly illustrated pattern compendium. The result would be Knitter's Stash. Featured here are stores throughout the country from Bette Bornside's shop in New Orleans to My Yarn Shop in Coos Bay to Countrywool in Hudson, NY, to Rumpelstiltskin in Sacramento. And for the knitter who likes to travel and what knitter doesn't? there is a comprehensive directory of yarn stores all over the United States. Highly recommended for all knitting collections.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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What does it take to make a knitter happy? A rainbow of colors and textures, intriguing and challenging designs, and, most important, a knitwear shop owner who is knowledgeable, sympathetic, and open to customers. All those winning elements form the basis of Albright's guide. More than 30 yarn shop proprietors contribute their favorite patterns, tips, and ideas. The designs span ages and seasons and difficulty levels (though none are so indicated); an easy-to-make classic tank top for summer, for example, contrasts sharply with a whimsical felt tea cozy. No matter whether an item is for wear or display, the pattern features color photographs, instructions, and great tips, from the best way to knit a sample swatch to setting in sleeves. Glossary, abbreviations, stitches, store directory, supplier list, and gauge chart appended. Barbara Jacobs
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

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Format:Hardcover
I have been working on this review for a long time...
Frankly, I kept getting distracted by the patterns and forgeting to write the review.
I'd read something and have to try it. Or think..... I wonder how this would look in Hand Spun Yarn and have to try that, too.
I also wanted to read every detail of the book, not just work the patterns. And the photographs sent me off on daydreaming tangents. It is one of those books that you devour from cover to cover and have a hard time putting down.
This book is especially dear to me as I do not have a local yarn shop close to me.
While I might be able to reproduce the yarn styles with my own handspinning, I cannot replace the atmosphere that exists in these wonderful places. Reading it made me fondly remember how much I really love yarn shops and all the people who work and frequent them.
I have also visited some of the shops mentioned and have come to know other shops and owners via this wonderful worldwide internet. In addition, I felt like I was being introduced to the others as I read this book--glancing at a piece of their daily lives and actually getting to visit their shops even though I might be thousands of miles away.
The photography is beautiful, the biographies interesting, the patterns amazing!
What more could you ask for in a book?
A list of shops in every state? The Knitter's Stash has that, too--listed by state and city.
Tips? This wonderful book has them scattered throughout. It even includes instructions from Claudia Krisniski of Countrywool on using a Handspindle to make your own yarn and instructions in a couple of the patterns for felting/fulling knit items.
These tips from the people who encounter a wide variety of knitting on a daily basis are really very enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knitter's Stash Sept. 2 2002
Format:Hardcover
I have been working on this review for a long time...
Frankly, I kept getting distracted by the patterns and forgeting to write the review.
I'd read something and have to try it. Or think..... I wonder how this would look in Hand Spun Yarn and have to try that, too.
I also wanted to read every detail of the book, not just work the patterns. And the photographs sent me off on daydreaming tangents. It is one of those books that you devour from cover to cover and have a hard time putting down.
This book is especially dear to me as I do not have a local yarn shop close to me.
While I might be able to reproduce the yarn styles with my own handspinning, I cannot replace the atmosphere that exists in these wonderful places. Reading it made me fondly remember how much I really love yarn shops and all the people who work and frequent them.
I have also visited some of the shops mentioned and have come to know other shops and owners via this wonderful worldwide internet.Ê In addition, I felt like I was being introduced to the others as I read this book--glancing at a piece of their daily lives and actually getting to visit their shops even though I might be thousands of miles away.
The photography is beautiful, the biographies interesting, the patterns amazing!
What more could you ask for in a book?
A list of shops in every state? The Knitter's Stash has that, too--listed by state and city.
Tips? This wonderful book has them scattered throughout. It even includes instructions from Claudia Krisniski of Countrywool on using a Handspindle to make your own yarn and instructions in a couple of the patterns for felting/fulling knit items.
These tips from the people who encounter a wide variety of knitting on a daily basis are really very enlightening.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One dissenting vote. Aug. 19 2002
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Format:Hardcover
I'll be the one who doesn't think this is anything more than another knitting book. Disappointingly, it is filled with typical ho-hum projects; odd sweaters, ugly shawls, uninspired baby ensembles, and for some reason, many of the projects are felted, not knitted, which was not made plain in the reviews. Add to that the fact that only a few of the projects are written with changes for plus sizes and I am stuck with a book of color photos and anecdotes about projects I will likely never make or wear. I wish a project list had been available, and the drawbacks were pointed out as well as the glories of this book. There are lots of instructions for specialized techniques (like the I-cord bind off) but these are available in books that in my humble opinion contain better instructions and projects at a much better price.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for those with $$$$$ Dec 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This is yet another "catalogue" written primarily to sell expensive yarn. It has NOTHING to do with using up yarn you may already have from other projects. There is no information on yarn substitution, and there is a lot of blank margin on the pages, which makes the book larger than it needs to be (and necessitates extra page-turning). A good knitting book needs to be useful beyond the lifespan of the current yarns available, and this one doesn't really pass that test.
As another reviewer stated, there are more projects than clothing patterns, which is not necessarily bad, but look before you buy. Even with the Amazon discount, this book is 'way overpriced for what you get. I'll wait until this one is remaindered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Variety of knitting projects, Cardigans to Fish.
This book is for someone looking for a variety of wonderful knitting projects. From basic children's clothing, to a Cottage Tea Cozy, to Felted Fish toys, this book has a little... Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the wannabe yarn store owner
This book is inspiring for people who may want to open a yarn shop. The designs are not for beginners. I just wanted to read the book and the tips. Not do the patterns. Read more
Published on July 22 2003 by Lotra
2.0 out of 5 stars Please don't buy it
There are only few patterns available for such big book, and they range from odd-looking vest to no-use-felted-fish. Read more
Published on March 31 2003 by F. Liu
2.0 out of 5 stars Yarns galore
Personally felt that the title is misleading. The first two words says Knitters Stash so I thought that the patterns would make use of odds and ends of yarns or allow for easy... Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2002
1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
This book sounded wonderful, and I anxiously awaited its arrival. It did not take me long to decide that I had chosen poorly in my purchase. Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring!
Knitter's Stash is full of inspiration! There are at least 5 projects in the book that I will eventually make, which is not always true of other knitting books. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's Virginia?
The first error I noticed was that Virginia is missing from the comprehensive list of yarn stores.
Next, the rug Mom wanted to knit does not give adequate directions; just a... Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2002 by Michelle in Maryland
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Just Gotta Have It
To borrow a line from Spike Lee. I love my books of practical advice, but sometimes you need a little art too. Read more
Published on July 16 2002 by Judith Hammerquist
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book Knitter's Stash
I am a knitter of 20+ years and when I starting looking through the book and found quite a few projects to do. The first project that I did was the felted bag. Read more
Published on May 23 2002 by "knitworld"
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