Sweater Quest

Sweater Quest

My Year of Knitting Dangerously

Book - 2010
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"I knit so I don't kill people" --bumper sticker spotted at Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival

For Adrienne Martini, and countless others, knitting is the linchpin of sanity. As a working mother of two, Martini wanted a challenge that would make her feel in charge. So she decided to make the Holy Grail of sweaters--her own Mary Tudor, whose mind-numbingly gorgeous pattern is so complicated to knit that its mere mention can hush a roomful of experienced knitters. Created by reclusive designer Alice Starmore, the Mary Tudor can be found only in a rare, out-of-print book of Fair Isle-style patterns, Tudor Roses, and requires a discontinued, irreplaceable yarn. The sweater, Martini explains, "is a knitter's Mount Everest, our curse, and our compulsion. I want one more than I can begin to tell you."

And so she took on the challenge: one year, two needles, and countless knits and purls to conquer Mary Tudor while also taking care of her two kids, two cats, two jobs, and (thankfully) one husband--without unraveling in the process. Along the way, Adrienne investigates the tangled origins of the coveted pattern, inquires into the nature of artistic creation, and details her quest to buy supplies on the knitting black market. As she tries not to pull out her hair along with rows gone wrong, Martini gets guidance from some knitterati, who offer invaluable inspiration as she conquers her fear of Fair Isle. A wooly Julie and Julia, this epic yarn celebrates the profound joys of creating--and aspiring to--remarkable achievements.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2010.
ISBN: 9781416597643
Branch Call Number: 746.432 Martini 03/2010
Characteristics: xvii, 220 p. ;,22 cm.


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Apr 18, 2012

A fun read that opened up my knitting world to the magic of fair isle knitting, which I had been too intimmidated to even try. Now, I'm excited to get into it -- my first tries have actually worked and been pure fun!! Best of all, the author introduced me to the Michealangello of modern fair isle design: Alice Starmore! My new hero. Hoorah for fair isle!

BPLNextBestAdults Jan 05, 2012

Can knitting generate philosophical discussions? Adrienne Martini certainly thinks so. Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously, is a quirky romp through her adventures of knitting a Mary Tudor sweater designed by the reclusive knitter Alice Starmore. This project is Martini’s holy grail and she interviews some of the best known knitters in the United States and Canada to discuss the deeper questions of knitting, such as who owns a piece of work – the knitter or the pattern maker? Is knitting done for the pleasure of knitting itself, or the final product? And, can knitting save your sanity? This is a cozy, leisurely read written for knitters or knitter wanna-be’s.

jessbyers Aug 02, 2011

An interesting idea, but got a bit repetitive after a while. A great concept, but lacked a bit in follow through.

Dec 23, 2010

Much better and funnier than I thought, but truth be told, this book would only appear to a knitter or someone who likes drawn out hand projects.

Jun 04, 2010

An "I" book (as in "I did this"). No patterns.


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