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Greetings from Knit Cafe Hardcover – June 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794837
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.8 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Until 1994, when she left her job to raise her children, Suzan Mischer was a vice president for specials and documentaries at CBS. Among her credits there were the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards, the Clinton presidential inaugural gala, and the Miss Universe pageant. Mischer lives in Los Angeles, where she opened Knit Cafe in 2002.

Victoria Pearson is a distinguished photographer specializing in still life, travel, food, and beauty. Among her many clients are Mercedes, Martha Stewart Living, and Pottery Barn. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Customer Reviews

Perhaps the lesson learned here: don't judge a book by its cover!
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This is the first time I have ever felt compelled enough to write a review about a book but I just LOVE this book!
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If I want a book to enjoy for many reasons, something like Greetings from Knit Cafe fits the bill.
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful By nanapama on June 5, 2006
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When I read the introduction to this book I couldn't help but think this is every knitter's fantasy. To be able to leave the corporate life behind and immerse myself in the yarn world in a beautiful little shop is my dream come true. To be tanned, beautiful and a size 2; what a lovely dream. And it takes less time to knit smaller sizes, what a wonderful world it would be. Unfortunaly I had to wake up, look in the mirror and come to grips with the fact that I'm a size 16 living in New England.

That being said, the book is a little bit like the fantasy. Great to look at but not really realistic in my world. I'm an average person who lives in a climate where it is cold most of the year and where people seem to carry a little extra body fat. The patterns seemed geared more for the California life style and that California body. While there is nothing wrong with that, most of the patterns that aren't another scarf, another sock or another baby sweater probably don't look as great on anyone over a size 4.

Some of the patterns are awfully pretty though and there are some nice basics included in the book for the beginning knitter. I might knit the cover skirt for my daughter and the bikini for my niece (they're still thin although not a size 4) but they probably won't be ready until next summer - my warm season being so short and all.

Anyway, I did enjoy my visit to the "Knit Cafe" and I'll probably come back. Just not that often.

Oh and just an comment to the book designer - when you do a cover, don't put the banner over the only knitted item in the picture in this case the skirt. The skirt is one of my favorite patterns in the book.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Legal Knitter VINE VOICE on November 21, 2006
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I have a huge knitting library and have been knitting for decades. While this is definitely not a book that will become your newest knitting bible, it has such a fresh and sunny disposition that it's hard not to love it. The patterns show a wide range, and although there are plenty I will never make, I enjoy just seeing things like a knitted silk evening gown! On the more practical end, while there is certainly nothing new about a simple knit hoodie (even with nice waist shaping), knitting it in the fiber suggested in the book makes both the knitting and the wearing a treat. To me, it is the kind of knitting experience you get when you go to your favorite yarn store, see something really cute that you never would have thought of on your own, and walk away with a really happy purchase and really happy knitting vibes.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Louw on May 1, 2007
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What I like about "Greeting from Knit Cafe" is that Suzan Mischer is creating a aura of comfort while you are not only reading but also knitting to this book. I have read a lot of reviews saying that this book is geared towards the "Californian" asthetic, and that it has mostly patterns for thin people, but I would have to disagree. A lot of the patterns you see in this book are geared towards the younger knitting crowd who want to knit more than bulky philosopher's cardigans.

A list of the patterns include:

Architect scarf

beret

boxer shorts

hiking socks

Chanel-ish cardigan jacket

classic sweater for guys

comfy socks

computer keyboard cover

felted saddle blacket

baby blanket

messenger bag

huge shawl

baby sweater

pink dress

kid's club skirt

basic hat

lacy skirt with bows

lala scarf

love blanket

lush hoodiw

peace pillow

polo shirt

pompom awning

recycled scarf

red carpet gown

slouchy alpaca cardigan (my favorite)

terry bathrobe

weho bikini

yarmulke

yoga mat bag

So as you can see there is a huge variety in patterns. I know the reviewer before me said that the skirt she wants to knit is on the front cover and I do agree it's not a great picture of the said skirt. However there is TWO pictures of that same skirt in the book, one is full frontal of the whole entire skirt on a model and the other is the close up of the lace panels.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By BekahKnits on February 24, 2007
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This book is disappointing. It's beautiful with the bright colors and scrapbook style and the skirt on the front and the baby sweater handed down from someone's grandma is interesting. But that's it.
The story is very Fairytale. To start your own yarn cafe just cash in your stock, call old friends who happen to be known designers, and oh, yeah--the address on MELROSE doesn't hurt either. Bibbedy Bobbedy Boo, you have a yarn cafe.
This book was seemingly made by a california clique who have the cash and connections to make their own book.

Added 3/09: I'm eating crow (kinda). I've had this book for about a month now. My daughter landed on it so I was unable to return it. Determined to get my $25 worth out of it, I made the baby sweater. Actually I made 2 of them. I love the pattern. I'm a big fan of Debbie Bliss and Erika Knight, and this is one of the coolest baby sweaters I've ever made. Kudos to grandma.

The Architect Scarf is beautiful and masculine. Look closer at the chart in the background. Most of the men's patterns out there are either bulky or very feminine, aka: Metro Sexual. This scarf is perfect for the masculine man who appreciates art (or architecture).

The recipes and over-all idea of the book are helpful if you are starting a knitting group. Inspiring, if the author doesn't mind you copying her ideas. If that was the purpose of the book it would have helped for the author to say so.

I still have to say the rest of the patterns are not that great if you are buying this soley as a pattern book. If you are buying it for help starting a knitting group then you may want to try it.

Whether you spend the money or just check it out from the library, look through the book slowly, let the over-all ideas sink in. And definitely try the baby pattern.

Call me hypocrite, but I'd be an even bigger one if I didn't admit it publicly.
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