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Knit 2 Together
by Tracey Ullman & Mel Clark

Most people are familiar with actress Tracey Ullman for her zany sense of humour and the eccentric characters she created over many years. What most people won~ez_rsquo~t know is that she is an avid knitter who learned to knit at age four but for most of her life was only able to knit long ~ez_ldquo~holey" scarves, never having learned the mysteries of increases and decreases.

That all changed when Tracey discovered that knitting was enjoying a renaissance and knitting stores were offering both classes and yarns that weren~ez_rsquo~t anything like the ~ez_ldquo~tightly wound, bottle green acrylic type" of her youth. Soon Tracey had made a new friend in Mel Clark; the owner of wildfiber, a knitting store in Santa Monica, California. The two decided to collaborate on a knitting book geared to knitters like Tracey, who ~ez_ldquo~may be just starting out but quickly realize that they want to learn new skills and take on a challenge."

Featuring more than 30 of Mel Clark~ez_rsquo~s original patterns, Knit 2 Together: Patterns and Stories for Serious Knitting Fun is definitely not your grandmother~ez_rsquo~s knitting book. This is fun knitting for people who don~ez_rsquo~t mind being noticed; knitting inspired by Tracey Ullman~ez_rsquo~s kooky sense of humour. What other knitting book would include a pattern for a knitted gym slip, complete with bloomers (called Witches Britches); a tutu tea cozy or an anemone-inspired messenger bag?

Although the book doesn~ez_rsquo~t include the pattern for Tracey~ez_rsquo~s knitted dreadlocks, the sense of fun needed to make your own and wear them is definitely present in this fabulous book. So grab a cuppa, your best girl-pal and kick back with Tracey and Mel for a good dose of giggles and inspiration.

Reviewed by Janelle Martin

Janelle is an addicted reader and a book reviewer for
Armchair Interviews . A passionate knitter in what remains of her free time, she wonders, "Why can't we knit at work?". Her blog can be viewed at http://antheras.blogspot.com

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