"Sweater Quest, my year of knitting dangerously," by Adrienne Martini.
I think both knitters and non-knitters would enjoy this book. It reminded me of a gossip magazine for the knitting world. For the non-knitters out there, you will not believe some of the things that went/go on in the knitting world. It does say if you enjoyed the movie, "Julie and Julia," this is the knitting equivalent; and I totally agree.
The book is centred around the author who wants to knit a "Mary Tudor," sweater. Now for those of us who is not in the know like I was, the first thing you think is how can someone write a whole book about a bloody sweater/cardigan? However before you know it you are sucked right into this real life story. I was also sitting with my mouth open at the story behind the designer of the sweater pattern Alice Starmore. Oh, I hope to goodness she doesn't sue me for mentioning her name? She is what I would call trigger happy when it comes to suing folk.
If you enjoy looking up things on Google this book is also for you, as there are so many names, things and places I had to look up, just to see what's what. Chapter 7 was of interest to me as the author travels to Toronto to meet with various knitting people, so more places and people to look up. The author does kindly say, "Given that I don't live in Toronto, which is quickly becoming the center stitch in the modern knitting world......." that makes me realize I have a lot more learning and day tripping to do right on my own door step.
Obviously the one thing you have to look up at the end of the book, is the cardigan that the author ended up knitting. It is a piece of art, you can see a photo of it here, that is also where you can read more about the author of the book Adrienne. Make sure you click on the photos to see the detail, it is gorgeous, and no wonder people ooh and aah over it.
Here are links to other things mentioned in the book:
New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck
Yarn Harlot - Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Amy R. Singer - Knitty.com
The Knitter's Review Retreat
Camilla Valley Farms - super close to where I live.
There are many more interesting people and places mentioned in this book.
Stars out 5 : 5 Loved the book, very interesting. Well worth the read even if you don't knit.