But it feels good to work on a project that is well out of your comfort zone, even if you don't manage to finish it. What is the worst that will happen? Even if it all goes horribly, horribly wrong, no one will die.
In the most tragic scenario, you start with a pile of yarn and you end with a pile of yarn, which you can then use to make something that doesn't make you crazy. An acceptable risk, certainly. If you should feel the urge to make your own Starmore, her website sells kits for some of her patterns. Copies of The Celtic Collection are still kicking around. But she's not the only Fair Isle designer. I promise that with enough patience, you can totally knit your own albatross.
Click here to enter. I met with yoga guru and knitter Cyndi Lee. I chatted with an artist. I called a lawyer.
And in between, I knitted a fantastically complicated sweater by Scottish designer Alice Starmore, whose gorgeous designs inspire conversations about 16th-century British royalty and 21st-century copyright infringements. Knitting — any craft, really — is always about more than than its tool. Craft is about the people who practice it. One was on a bumper sticker on a car at the sheep and wool festival in Rhinebeck, NY.
Some knit for warmer, fuzzier reasons, like so that they can have a tangible demonstration of their love, like in this heartwarming ad for a Belgian Natural gas company. Some knit to push boundaries. Or to outfit their dolls. Or to hold back time, or make it pass more quickly. Every single knitter has her or his reason for taking to the yarn and the needles. Best of all, the author introduced me to the Michealangello of modern fair isle design: Alice Starmore!
My new hero. Hoorah for fair isle! Can knitting generate philosophical discussions?
Adrienne Martini certainly thinks so. Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously, is a quirky romp through her adventures of knitting a Mary Tudor sweater designed by the reclusive knitter Alice Starmore.
Is knitting done for the pleasure of knitting itself, or the final product? And, can knitting save your sanity? An interesting idea, but got a bit repetitive after a while.
A great concept, but lacked a bit in follow through. Much better and funnier than I thought, but truth be told, this book would only appear to a knitter or someone who likes drawn out hand projects. Skip to main navigation Skip to main navigation Skip to search Skip to search Skip to content. Use current location. See all locations. Admin Admin Admin, collapsed.
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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. 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.