Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitter's Guide: Stories, Patterns, Advice, Opinions, Questions, Answers, Jokes, and Pictures

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307586452
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 2/9/2010
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 504,566
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Fun!

    I have to start by saying that I don't know which photos Beth saw that didn't have corresponding patterns I'm fairly certain I saw a pattern to go with each picture. I think this book is well-written and full of great ideas! Mason-Dixon Knitting is a blog I had never read before their book was released (I'm anxiously awaiting Wendy's book - and Crazy Aunt Purl, will you write one too, please?), but Ann and Kay are clearly very enthusiastic and a lot of fun. I have already knitted the Baby Kimono, and it is darling. Ballband Dishcloth? Made one. It's a fun knit. And I am so intrigued by the Log Cabin method and the Moderne blankets, I think I might soon be knitting my first afghan. Warning: there are a LOT more home accessories than wearables in this book. If you're not into home accessories, you may not enjoy it so much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2009

    Great book for beginning knitters as well as pros.

    Even if you don't knit, this book is a great read -- very humorous and moves through the patterns at a nice pace. The patterns themselves are wonderful and great for beginners. Most are garter stitch and, best of all, most of the patterns call for inexpensive cotton yarn. Simple patterns that produce lovely pieces.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2009

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    I love this book! It's a great introduction to the world of knitting.

    I first came across this book at my local library and enjoyed it so much I rushed to my local Barnes & Noble store to get my own copy. To my joyful surprise the authors had a second book out (Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines) which I also purchased and love dearly. The writing syle is highly entertaining and inspirational. Knitting is demystified and explained in can-do terms. The pictures are great. The projects are simple and practical for home or for gift-giving. This book is a modern classic for every knitter.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    Fantastic!

    I've used this book so many times. I love how every project has a picture to go with it. The instructions are very clear. It's perfect for knitters of every skill level. Buy this book and I promise you won't be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2006

    Excellent

    I found this book to be very entertaining but also very inspiring. The Log Cabin afghan is wonderful as are many of the other patterns and ideas. This is a delightful couple of gals and their blog is hilarious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2006

    AWESOME!!!!

    This is a must-have book for knitters. The color photos are simply amazing. I love the humor in the book as well as the stories behind the projects that are presented in the book. I found several projects that I intend to knit. The projects shown have clear instructions. The projects are also items that I will definitely use around the house. I plan on making the ball-band dishrag and the log cabin blanket.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2006

    A knitter from Connecticut

    LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT. I love this book. I have knitted two ballband washrags and soon to start some of the baby things as I have a baby shower coming up soon. There blog is great too. I started reading that first then decided to get the book so I can join in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2006

    Can I give it 17 stars?

    I loved loved loved reading the blog and now I love love love knitting the book. I am a beginner (only been knitting since October '05) and some of the patterns have been challenging BUT I give it a little patience and make sure you have some back up books or skilled friends for reference and you'll be set. I am working on a mitered square blanket AND Mason Dixon After Dark...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2006

    Not impressed

    Way too many glossy photos, many of which feature knitting objects that do NOT have corresponding patterns in the book. This is not a book for beginners. If you want a coffee table book with some little vingettes to read about, this is for you. If you are looking for patterns, get a different book.

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