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My Grandmother's Knitting: Family Stories And Inspired Knits From Top Designers (2011)

by Larissa Brown(Favorite Author)
3.82 of 5 Votes: 5
1584799390 (ISBN13: 9781584799399)
Stewart, Tabori and Chang
review 1: BOTTOM LINE: Excellent mix of patterns (interesting, not weird) and prose (sentimental but not sappy). This nicely bound medium-sized hardcover is easy to hold and read, with nice large print and excellent pictures and illustrations. The formatting/arrangement of the book is in two sections, first the stories, secondarily the patterns, but they're nicely cross-referenced. Instructions are thoroughly written within the text (my favored format) as well as charted, which is IMO the best way to go about this dilemma (most knitters extremely prefer one over the other). Stories/memories from:Pam AllenAdrian BaziliaWendy BernardTeva DurhamJared FloodJessica Marshall ForbesChrissy GardinerKay GardinerNorah GaughanAnne HansonEmily JohnsonKristen KapurJoan McGowan-MichaelLeigh Radfo... morerdKristin SpurklandMeg SwansenYsolda Teague21 patterns, including:Wan Jai Socks, Cookie A.Chicadee Cowl, Pam AllenIce-Skating Cape, Cosette Cornelius-BatesGrandma's Fan Dishcloth, Judy BeckerHelen & Wendy's Slippers, Wendy BernardStorm Cloud Shawlette, Hanna BreetzFamily Tree Afghan, Larissa BrownConnover Mittens, David CastilloMinerva Bonnet, Teva DurhamTilden Baby Hat, Jared FloodTwining Vines Pillow, Chrissy GardinerCrocus Patch Baby Blanket, Anne HansonOlina Socks, Emily JohnsonCrayon Cowls, Kristen KapurVintage Gloves, Robin MelansonAngelina Shrug, Joan McGowan-MichaelKeepsake Scarf, Rodger P. MurryEdna Slouch Hat, Leigh RadfordConcetta Cardigan, Cirilia RoseRose and Cross Pullover, Kristen SpurklandFiddler's Mitts, Ysolda TeagueNOTE: if I've spelled any names or information incorrectly, it's because of the only real drawback of this book - the Table of Contents is shown with a background color and text color that melt into one another, and it's extremely difficult/aggravating to read.
review 2: The layout of this book is absurd. The stories are upfront and the patterns that are supposed to be inspired by the stories are in section 2. You have to frantically flip back and forth if you want to see the connection. Also, the section on the memories is not written by each contributor, but rather by the editor of the book in a mini-bio/interview. I did not care for that aspect at all. I wanted to hear the designers talk about their memories and inspiration in their own words. Some of the patterns are intriguing. I'm casting on for Wendy's slippers asap, But others are available for free via other sources (i.e. storm cloud shawlette, which is something that I find irksome when buying a pattern book. less
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Excellent stories. The Fiddler's Mitts pattern and accompanying narrative are especially well done.
I wrote this, so no review. It was a very fun project, and I hope you like the result.
Loved reading about these designers and where they got their start
very nice stories. and great patterns.
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