Book Review – Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines

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Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines by Kay Gardiner & Ann Shayne

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This isn’t your average book of knitting patterns. Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne have wit, insight, and “true confessions” about knitting that makes Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines read more like a sketchbook or journal than a pattern book, and it’s a pleasure. Oh, and the projects are nice, too. Take the mystery out of Fair Isle, knit a sweater a kid would actually want to wear, make a lampshade or kitchen duster, and laugh a whole lot in between. A lot of patterns and collections try to ignore the awkwardness and disappointment that accompanies knitting projects, but Kay and Ann embrace those things and manage to worth through them with the reader to not only make the specific projects in the book, but to actually become a better knitter.


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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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