This is an enthusiastic, inspirational, and humorous celebration of the knitting lifestyle through narrative, instruction, and 30 patterns, to guide knitters of all ages to tap into their own creative genius, all from the Car Talk of the knitting world, the authors of the wildly popular knitting blog, masondixonknitting.com. Through their common love of knitting and life, Ann Meador Shayne and Kay Gardiner, two women who had never met, started on a two-year correspondence and happened upon a magical thing: knitting freedom. Although it may not sound revolutionary, the idea that one can conjure a concept for an object and just make it without a pattern is blasphemy. For most, knitting begins as a paint-by-numbers process of following pattern after pattern after pattern and buying book after book. The possibility of ending up with a hand knit that has the mark of one's own imagination on it is a powerful and delicious thing, and that's what the authors deliver.
In a chatty and personal way, the authors share their wondrous discoveries and creations on the road trip through Knitopia: pillows with fingerprints knitted on them, a knitted portrait of Virginia Woolf, and the flat-out whimsy and genius of the designers. There are more than 30 patterns in this book, most of which are the epitome of ease. Readers can choose to make them as easy, or as complicated as they can bear. The intention is to leave room for one to expand on a specific concept or technique, which will be explored in further detail.
Kay Gardiner learned to knit as a child, but put aside her needles for twenty years to obtain a law degree from Columbia, become an Assistant United States Attorney in Manhattan, and start a family. Lucky for us, she returned to knitting with a vengeance. After stints in the New York publishing world, Ann Meador Shayne returned to her hometown of Nashville to edit BookPage. She has since chosen to devote her time to her family, and knitting. Kay and Ann met on an online knitting message board two years ago and their correspondence has grown into a close-knit community of more than 10,000 who regularly log on to www.masondixonknitting.com.