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Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously
This is an engaging memoir of the author’s
year-long quest to knit the “Margaret Tudor”
cardigan from Tudor
Roses, by Alice Starmore. There is background on the
Alice Starmore ‘issues’. Martini details problems
tracking down the book, the correct yarns — yarns
specified in the pattern being no longer available —
all the while teaching English, working as a freelance writer,
and being a wife, and mother of two small children. I enjoyed
the accounts of the author’s visits to Stephanie Pearl-McPhee,
Ann Shayne of the Mason-Dixon Knitters, and Amy R. Singer
from Knitty. Martini
succeeded in completing this complicated project within
the allotted year. After all that work, the sweater doesn’t
fit her, but I can relate (sort of!) to the author’s
conclusion, “…I didn’t knit it in
order to have a new sweater. I knit it because I was fascinated
by it, because I thought it was a beautiful object and a
challenge for my skills”. She also has an entertaining
and thoughtful book to show for her year’s efforts.
by Elizabeth Link
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