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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously

I recently finsihed reading the most delightful book about knitting: Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously.

Author Adrienne Martini gave herself the challenge of knitting a complicated fair-isle sweater designed by Alice Starmore. She is wearing it here in her author's photo.
In the spirit of Julie and Julia, Adrienne took on an icon of the knitting universe and chose an iconic sweater for the year-long challenge. It is the cover sweater from Starmore's book Tudor Roses: Mary Tudor.
This gorgeous design is fraught with yarn-handling difficulties and constantly changing motifs. Not one for the faint-hearted.

Adrienne certainly was not. She chronicles her adventures and travels while working of this sweater over the year.
It is both a delightful read as well as an education in many matters, including Starmore's long copyright battle. I learned things I did not know about that episode.

Adrienne also used the year to consult with other knitting specialists beyond her immediate circle. This included a trip to Toronto to visit with the Yarn Harlot as well as knitty.com's Amy Singer. Wisdom shared and laughs exchanged.

It was a frustrating year on some levels. The sweater did seem to go on and on.

But she did finish and she got to tell the tale. Those who have read her book are glad that she did.

Posted by Ilga Leja on 10/27 at 04:32 PM
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