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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
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By A Customer
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 bit of everything. Some of the pieces are for the advanced knitter, but many are for the average knitter. There are many beautiful sweaters, including Marie Louise's Lace Sweater and a men's River Run Pullover. A good addition to my knitting library.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for the wannabe yarn store owner July 22 2003
By Lotra
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. The book is too large and the title is not representative of the content. I would recommend the book for knitters looking for challenging projects and using expensive yarns.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Please don't buy it March 31 2003
By F. Liu
There are only few patterns available for such big book, and they range from odd-looking vest to no-use-felted-fish. Unless you can preview the book and find some of the pattern attractive, I think you shouldn't take the risk buying it.
I give it 2 stars instead of 1 because it might be an OK book, if you don't care about the undesirable patterns but you wanna learn about different yarn shops in the US.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Only for those with $$$$$ Dec 24 2002
By A Customer
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Yarns galore Nov. 29 2002
By A Customer
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 substitution. But flipping through the patterns, it uses yarns which hides the stitches which may be good for beginner with uneven tension or use specialise yarns not readily available. So not very sure I can find a good substitute for the yarns stated. Otherwise, it has alot of patterns that may interest people but nothing too exciting. It is comparable to pattern leaflets that may be available outside in the shops. Look through the book in your library before buying it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment Nov. 12 2002
By A Customer
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. Like one of the other reviewers, I prefer sweater patterns, not do-dads or gee-gaws. Also, more description of yarns, yarns weights, or substitutions would help those of us who cannot purchase or find the listed ones. Oh well, I will think more carefully before ordering another book unseen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! Oct. 8 2002
By A Customer
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. The projects in the book are varied in the amount of experience required, which makes it appealing to many knitters. The yarns used tend to be lucious but expensive, but half the fun for me is using the designs as a springboard for my own yarn choices.
This book has beautiful photographs of the finished projects and I especially love the little tips in the margins! Enjoy!
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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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