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Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines: Patterns, Stories, Pictures, True Confessions, Tricky Bits, Whole New Worlds and Familiar Ones, Too

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Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines. Published by Potter Craft, New York, NY, 2008. 1st Stated Ed 1st Pr. Hardbound w/DJ. 4to. 159 Pgs. Patterns, Stories, Pictures, True ... Confessions, Tricky Bits, Whole New Worlds, and Familiar Ones, Too. By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne, photos by Gale Zucker. 30 projects including: A collection of beautiful things to make for yourself; Fair Isle, a simple, quick into to a sort of knitting you may not have considered, with surprising, modern projects; Pint-sized knits, including baby hats, dreamy dresses, and a cool pullover for the Older Child; Projects for special occasions, holidays, housewarmings, picnics; New uses for Kitchen Cotton. Complete instructions & color photos of each project. Description text copyright 2014 Books For Comfort. Item ID 29421. Read more Show Less

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Overview

Dear Fellow Knitter,

Welcome! Come on in. Have a seat—we’ve been waiting for you.

Ever since our first book, Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide, we’ve been exploring techniques and ideas that we once thought were the sort of thing that only brilliant knitters could do.

Our conclusion: We are all brilliant knitters!

None of this is rocket science! If you can knit a garter stitch scarf, you’ve figured out the hard part. Now it’s time for the fun to start. You hold in your hands the result of our odyssey. It’s a new collection of 30 delicious projects that we hope will take you on your own knitting adventures.

Decorating Yourself: A collection of beautiful things to make for your most demanding (and forgiving) client.

The Fairest Isle of All: A simple, quick introduction to a sort of knitting you may not have considered, with surprising, modern projects.

Covering the Small Human: Pint-sized knits, including baby hats, dreamy dresses, and a cool pullover for the ultimate challenge: the Older Child.

Occasional Knitting: Projects for the special occasions in life—holidays, housewarmings, picnics.

The Sophisticated Kitchen: New uses for one of our favorite yarns: kitchen cotton.

We have filled this book with luscious photographs, stories, tips, rules, and hints. You’ll read how we arrived at these projects and the discoveries we have made along the way, and you will discover shocking things about us.

At all times, we have kept in mind Mason-Dixon Knitting Rule Number 1 : Knitting is spoze to be fun. Fasten your seatbelt—it’s going to be a fabulous ride!

Love,
Kay and Ann

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The dynamic duo of the knitting blogosphere return for their second book of best-knitting pal chitchat and practically perfect designs."
Knit Simple

"My favorite knitting books are the ones that make you feel like you're sinking into a comfy chair and having tea and a chat with a knitting crony. You come away from the experience energized, excited to knit and bursting with new enthusiasm and ideas. Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne's latest, Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines, available Sept. 16, fits the bill...Beyond the patterns, the tips and the ruminations make this book a keeper. Honestly, how can you fail to love a book in which one of the authors describes a fisherman's gansey as 'the Gore-Tex of its day'? And describes getting sucked into the wonderful world of sock knitting thusly: 'Life had turned into an endless infomercial where the product was socks, and I couldn't change the channel'?"
The Portland Oregonian/Oregonlive.com

"Mason Dixon Knitting: Outside the Lines is a great addition to any knitter’s library. Wearable patterns, excellent instructions, readable stories, wonderful tips and techniques, and a big shot of humor equal a fantastic knitting book."
—Blogcritics.org

Praise for Mason-Dixon Knitting: The Curious Knitters’ Guide
“Imagine the stories and good company of the best knitting circle. Sandwich all that between hardcovers with 30 projects that don’t look like something Granny’s cat dragged in. Add clear instructions, and you’ve got Mason-Dixon Knitting.”
Parade

“Like their blog, [Mason-Dixon Knitting] is filled with patterns, advice, personal stories and loopy humor …”
Family Circle

Mason-Dixon Knitting is a rare find indeed. Ann and Kay’s infectious camaraderie, joie de vivre and irreverent humor translate well to the printed page, where they encourage readers to connect life and knitting.”
Nashville Scene

Publishers Weekly

Building on the success of their Web site and blog (masondixonknitting.com), Gardiner and Shayne wind their way through patterns for adults, children and homes, including patterns by other knitwear designers such as Bonne Marie Burns. Helpful and humorous sidebars discuss the pitfalls of the sweater coat (including "bathrobe syndrome"), the beauty of Shetland wool, how to make a stitch marker out of citrus peel or tin foil, and the "Holy Crap" moment, where a pattern breakthrough occurs. Gardiner and Shayne alternate personal anecdotes throughout, with an especially enjoyable piece by Shayne about participating in the Tennessee State Fair knitting contest. With pattern names like "Stephen Colbert's socks" and "Golightly Kitchen Gloves," Gardiner and Shayne demonstrate that the secret of knitting is that "the longer you knit, the more fun it gets." (Sept.)

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Library Journal

The women behind Mason-Dixon Knitting(both the blog and the book) are back with a follow-up, which focuses on knitting beyond the basics. The patterns are loosely grouped into five categories, including Fair Isle, knits for children, and special-occasion knitting, and many are designed by guest contributors well known to knitters. Like any other pattern book, there is the occasional misfire, but the authors' enthusiasm for the topic and cheery interludes make this a worthwhile purchase. This book is more than a collection of patterns-it's a lot like knitting with a couple of fun, chatty friends. Recommended for libraries where Mason-Dixon Knitting was popular.


—Nanette Donohue
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307381705
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/16/2008
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

KAY GARDINER and ANN SHAYNE met on an online knitting message board years ago, and their correspondence has grown into a community of more than 150,000 knitters who regularly log on to www.masondixonknitting.com.

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. Lucky for knitters everywhere, she returned to knitting with a vengeance.

After a stint 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, to writing—and to knitting.

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

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    Good, but the first book was better

    Honestly, I liked the first book better. The projects in the first book just seemed so much more practical and useful. While the projects in this book are very lovely, most of them I simply wouldn't use. <BR/><BR/>The book is very well done. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, always a plus with a knitting book. The authors' sense of humor is still wonderful. If you're a knitter or know a knitter, I do recomend this book. It very well might be woth it just for the sugestion of letting your dog clean the floor.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

    Great ideas!

    There are several patterns in this book that I am excited to undertake!

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    Posted March 9, 2009

    Warning: laughter inside

    Not just patterns, this book offers a little something for every kind of knitter. It's fresh, funny and informative!
    Check out an in-depth review by the NY Knitting Examiner on Examiner.com.

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