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Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously
Paperback - English

The author of "Hillbilly Gothic" chronicles her adventures in knitting the holy grail of all sweaters. ...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.

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ADDITIONAL INFO

ISBN
EAN
9781416597643
Publisher
Publication Date
23/03/2010
Pages
220
Dimension
21.39cm x 14.22cm x 1.45cm
Age Group
NA to NA
Grades
Not Applicable to Not Applicable
Lexile Level
0
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About Author

Martini, Adrienne
Adrienne Martini, a former editor for Knoxville, Tennessee's "Metro Pulse", is an award-winning freelance writer and college teacher. Author of "Hillbilly Gothic", she lives in Oneonta, New York, with her husband, Scott, and children, Maddy and Cory.




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