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Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    Sweater Quest was a delight to read - stimulating curiousity, arousing laughter of recognition and curiousity about 'she who must not be named'.

    I bought the book because of a quote on the back cover (about knitting to avoid killing someone), and because her story sounded interesting. And it is. She took a year of her life, and in addition to raising her familiy she assigned herself 2 tasks - knitting a (complex) Fair Isle sweater and writing this book. The book is essentially a purposeful journal about both of these tasks - and more.

    Adrienne's story telling is so personal at times that I could imagine sitting and knitting with her in a living room, or at a knitting retreat - talking about life and knitting and meditation and whatever something funny happened on the way to ....(you name the place). I could 'see' her daughter. I laughed each time her daughter asked when her hat would be finished; and sighed when she talked about trying to teach her to knit. I thought of my mother trying to teach my sisters and me (oh so many years ago).

    Her conversations with various knitters were thought provoking - I was particulary drawn into one conversation with Cindy, the yoga instructor/knitter. Not only did I return a number of times to that 'afternoon' (see page 127) but I shared it with my friends and a psychologist I know. You see, they weren't just talking about knitting - but about life. Really down-to-earth. But don't worry - there really is a lot of joy and laughter.

    I've found that I've read passages (sections) to friends a number of times - and now my book is on loan to one of them. I can hardly wait to get it back. This is a keeper.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2010

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    This is an absolute must read for knitters

    As an avid knitter and Alice Starmore fan, I stopped everything I was doing to read this book. I expected a bit of history and details about Starmore and her sweaters. What I didn't expect was the delightful voice that Martini gave as a knitter in today's world. Nothing will make you feel more "normal" than reading her book and putting into perspective this wonderful world we knitters inhabit. Unless you abhor knitting, there is a lot for non-knitters to enjoy too. Martini has capably managed to entertain and educate and gives us a glimpse into the year she spent creating Mary Tudor. Her self-deprecating humor and interviews with some of the top names in knitting blogs today adds additional perspective. She handles the subject well and I hope this isn't the last we hear from her.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Laugh out loud funny And informative

    This author's journey is partly to blame/thank for my latest obsession-knitting. Fun fascinating read

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  • Posted March 25, 2011

    Highly Entertaining - I put my knitting down til I finished it.

    I loved this book. Thank you for sharing your 'quest'.

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