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Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters' Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures [Hardcover]

Kay Gardiner , Ann Meador Shayne
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March 28 2006
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—it’s 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

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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. I tucked 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. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Reading May 10 2012
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I wanted to make my own knitting patterns and this is the book to tell me how. I have already made a pattern using the instructions in the book. It's more fun than having a pattern ready made for you. I am 87 and find 'How To' books fascinating--especially when I can make something worthwhile.This book 'Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Knitters' Guide:Stories,Patterns,Advice,Opinions,Questions,Answers,Jokes and Pictures" It is well worth reading all the way through. It is humourous and knowledgeable and I thoroughly enjoyed it and will refer to it many more times.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mason-Dixon Knitting a Winner! Aug. 15 2006
This is a knitting book that is just plain fun to read. Anyone who is familiar with the style of the two authors, well known from their masondixonknitting.com site, will enjoy this book. It is packed with ideas, inspiration, patterns, photos and humour. I'll be buying this book as presents for knitting friends - it's a great addition to any knitter's library. I can't say enough good things about it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What an abundance of fun things to knit! Get those needles going! March 30 2006
By Joanna Daneman - Published on Amazon.com
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprising, delightful! April 27 2006
By Kristi Swede - Published on Amazon.com
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If you - like me - don't particularly care for log-cabin blankets or cowboy hats, you are STILL going to love this book! Both Ann and Kay are terrific writers, generous in giving credit to others, and their projects can be translated to any level of taste or price that you like.

Want your hand towels in Lion Brand - great! Dying to knit yours in a subtle Alchemy silk - have at it! From Smalltown to SoHo, you'll find original patterns that suit your home, and the folks you love.

I found the linen towels, knitted kimono (adult robe and baby sweater versions), and felted boxes irresistible!

It's rare that I splurge on a hard-bound knitting book, but this one is full of good writing and good ideas for new knitting projects. I'm sure I'll come back to it often just to enjoy the stories, or when I need inspiration for a lone skein of Euroflax.
53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! March 28 2006
By K. Hughes - Published on Amazon.com
Wow, wow, wow. I loved every picture, story, pattern. It is smart, funny, well written, different, real, but most of all so inspiring. I decided it is the perfect knitting book, because it is perfect to read while you knit. There is a lot here: really cool patterns, touching stories, funny stories, memories. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll want to drop everything and knit.

Plus, this is one beautiful book, sort of like a coffee table book. A REAL TREASURE!!!

Thank you Kay and Ann for such a treat. I am going to cast on for a rug today thanks to you!
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection - A little bit of knitting heaven April 30 2006
By nanapama - Published on Amazon.com
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If you can only afford to buy one knitting book this year, buy this book. This book is a perfect knitting confection filled with beautiful pictures, funny and heart warming stories, beautiful knitting designs and simple instructions. You will know the minute you open "Mason_Dixon Knitting" why I am so excited about this book. The minute you open it you will not be able to resist diving into your stash and cast on.

The simplicity of the designs make it perfect for knitters at every level. Who ever thought you could knit quilts. Brilliant! And that nightgown - stunning! The baby kimono, I going to make one for every baby I know! And I could go on and on.

Buy this book! It's a must have for every knitting library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. Changed my knitting habits profoundly. April 30 2006
By L. Bixel - Published on Amazon.com
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I realize that the authors have a loyal following on their humorous knitting blog, but I'm not a regular reader. Thus, I can't be accused of blind blog fandom when I say that this is one of the most inspirational knitting book I have added to my library.

I read it cover to cover, and then mysteriously found myself itching to knit, of all things, cotton dish cloths! At the local yarn store sale last week, I purchased linen yarn for finger tip towels. Can a log cabin blanket be far away?

Buy this book if you are a fan of Melonie Faleck's "Weekend Knitting". You will find small, portable projects that will adorn your home, make great gifts, and satisfy you inner craving to finish things.
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