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A Treasury of Magical Knitting Paperback – June, 2004

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"I love Cat’s ideas and her skill at sweeping up readers and engaging them in her wonder and excitement." -- Debbie New, author of Unexpected Knitting

And all you need to do is start right and the rest takes care of itself." -- Wilma Peers, Knitter’s Studio, Menlo Park, CA

About the Author

Cat Bordhi writes novels (Treasure Forest, Namaste Publishing, 2003) and knitting books (Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles, Passing Paws Press, 2001). She likes nothing better than to have a knitting experiment go awry because it means very interesting, possibly never-before-seen things are probably hiding nearby.

During her years as a school teacher, Cat taught a form of math which required students to deepen their understanding by explaining their investigations and insights with graphs, pictures, numbers, and words. Once she began to write knitting books, she realized that she was using the very same skills she had taught, and so her books are known for their thorough explanations.

Cat has been a full-time writer since 2002, and also teaches knitting workshops, gives talks at knitting retreats and to knitting guilds, and also teaches writing workshops. At this time she leads a quiet and blessed life tucked away in the woods on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest, where she is working on the next book in the Forest Inside trilogy, and collecting what projects for a Third Treasury of Magical Knitting.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Passing Paws Press (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970886977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970886972
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've never reviewed a book before but this one deserves it.

Of all the knitting books out there (and there are so many now) this one stands alone. For a knitter like me (weary of seeing either another sweater pattern or too many exceedingly young and hip designs) this book contains a new world of excitement. It took a leap of faith to believe the method would work because it seems like it can't possibly. Luckily the author explains everything in such friendly detail that it becomes easy. After a weekend with the book I had the unusual sensation of feeling like I knew the author, like reading a good novel and feeling like you know the characters. That is how clear and friendly the writing and instructions are.

The book is very beautiful too. Throughout are nature photos that take my breath away. The model is enchanting and shows the scarfs, wraps, felted boots, and capes very clearly. The print size is large enough to read really easily and the book lies open pretty well. It's the kind of book you can knit from and enjoy reading too. I rushed right into the knitting because I was impatient but later I went back and read the first chapters where there is a story about how the Moebiuis was discovered in Germany more than a hundred years ago. It's a funny story and I'll leave you to read it for yourself.

I highly, highly recommend this unusual book. The knitting is absurdly easy once you get going.
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As with so many knitting or crochet books, you've got to take a good look at this one before you purchase it. The book is devoted to the use of the Moebius strip in knitting patterns, a Moebius strip being a loop of knitted fabric with a twist in it. If you are a freeform knitter who is interested in the Moebius construction or who wants to incorporate its unusual structure into your knitting, then this book may intrigue you. If you are a more traditional knitter, you may find the book to be a rather expensive one-trick pony. Likewise, scan the patterns carefully to determine whether they are to your taste. I personally can't imagine making any of them, but that's just me -- yet another compelling reason for looking at the book before you purchase to decide whether, say, necklaces made of miniature knit socks are something you'd like to wear to the office on Monday. The production values for the book have gone up dramatically since the "Socks Soar" book: color photography, nicer paper, more sturdy binding, but so has the price.
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OK, knitting fans; here's another strange technique to add to your repertoire of "How the HECK did they figure THAT out" knitting. Cat Bordi has figured out how to do a moebius strip knit technique without grafting. Now, the late great Elizabeth Zimmermann made a moebius scarf by knitting on a provisional cast on and then grafting the scarf with a half twist to get the single sided mathematical puzzle we call a moebius. But Ms. Bordi figured out how to cast on over a doubled, long circular needle and get a moebius in one seamless garment.

There are patterns for, yes, scarves, but also some interesting hats including the very Sumerian looking "Tresses" cap, some shawls with shaping that turn the scarf into a poncho or capelet, and FELTED boot socks. These are amazing. If you like interesting knitting, this is absolutely a must.
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I am one of Cat's long time fans. I learned to knit socks from her book Socks Soar. I took a class with her in Seattle years ago and she was the best teacher ever. I learned about this book (the Treasury) from the Socknitter's List where Cat is very well known and respected. I expected something similar to Socks Soar. Something good, original, clear, friendly. But all I can say is WOW!!!! This is way more!

This book is awesome. You've got to see it for yourself. Its got patterns in it that I'll bet no one in the world has ever thought of before, just out and out brilliant. I can't wait for the next one, which is supposed to be out in January. The instructions are great. I learned the MCO (mobius cast-on) in one minute and now I've knit 4 scarves and 2 hats and a cape and am working on a pair of felted boots that are way cool. Tthese magical designs get going and you can watch TV or do anything because they sort of take care of themselves while you just knit. I love it. If you go to her website which is the usual [...] in between her name and the .com you can see really alot of pages from both books.
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I bought the second book before I bought this one, so obviously almost all of it was redundant. I would recommend buying the second and skipping the first. The second has many more ideas, whereas the first one has only one thing to contribute really.
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I purchased Volume 2 first and found this a bit of a let down, even though there are some very nice patterns in it. I had already experimented with the moebius form and I'm into freeform so find Cat's techniques and ideas inspirational, but I could also have lived without this particular volume, especially with international postage on it! That said, if you have never ever played with a moebius, or find the instructions on the web too confusing, this is for you! Her instructions are brilliant, so that even a novice knitter can follow them easily. And I certainly learnt an awful lot about knitting and following patterns, and self-discipline ( rueful grin).
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