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Sweater Quest: My Year of Knitting Dangerously

Author: Adrienne Martini

     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.

-Review by Elizabeth Link

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