Item description for Greetings from Knit Café by Suzan Mischer & Victoria Pearson...
When former CBS vice president Suzan Mischer decided to open a knitting store on Melrose Avenue, she wanted to create a place where people could gather, slow down, and talk (as well as buy supplies). The result was Knit Cafe, a sleek yet homey crafts store where an increasing number of Hollywood denizens regularly unwind with their needles and yarn. With the publication of Greetings from Knit Caf, knitters nationwide can join the famed store's ever-widening circle of devotees.
This colorful, cozy, and chic book offers 30 of Knit Cafe's most dazzling patterns for "California style" projects ranging from hiking socks to a bikini to a "red carpet" gown. It also features stories about how the celebrated store came to be, the neighborhood it's in, the daily goings-on, and the improbable mlange of actors, surfers, doctors, and directors that gather there. Even a few favorite recipes from regular customers are included.
Greetings from Knit Caf is, quite simply, the best way to share the history, spirit, and patterns of this unique yarn store without having to fight the traffic.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Greetings from Knit Café?
Lovely book with several nice patterns Jul 7, 2007
Let's face it, no book ever has a list of patterns that everyone will knit. We pick the ones we like from a book and enjoy it not only for the patterns, but also the looks and the readability. It's also true I probably wouldn't use nice yarn from Japan to make a horse blanket but I do like the blanket.
The photos are very well done in this book and the layout is excellent. It's a pleasure to re-read beyond studying the patterns. It also definitely fits the friendly, relaxed yet high class southern California life style (I grew up there).
I enjoy the extra tidbits, like recipes and ideas. If I want to get only a list of patterns, I look online. If I want a book to enjoy for many reasons, something like Greetings from Knit Cafe fits the bill.
High on ambience, handful of patterns I would knit May 15, 2007
This is one of those recent knitting books that seeks to be more than just patterns. I would say it succeeds in creating a pleasant and unique atmosphere by providing not only patterns but a lot of miscellaney having to do with Knit Cafe (recipes, their top 10 CDs, popular events, the author/owner's dream of what this store would be and has become, etc.). Of the 30 patterns, only a few piqued my interest: baby shirt, women's shaped polo, La-La trianular shaped scarf. I would definitely never make the skirt on the cover, the boxer shorts, the evening dress or the bikini, just not my thing and I'm suspecting true for most knitters. If one were a beginner and didn't already have similar generic patterns, there is a basic long-sleeve roll neck pullover, a zip front hoodie, and a relaxed looking cardigan with stylish touches (flared sleeves & body and rolled edge finishing). For this site's current bargain price, this book would be a nice addition to one's knitting library.
Not your Mama's boring knitting book May 1, 2007
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. I measured myself and even though I am a good medium sized girl (and trust me I AM), I qualified for the small in this skirt pattern.
Now you must know that this is a very contemporary knitting book, there are even a couple of baking recipes and other tid bits in here and I can understand how someone who is used to regular knitting books might not be used to a book like this. To some in the knitting world it could also be seen as a breath of fresh air.
FOR THE LOVE OF YARN! Sit back, relax and knit... Mar 9, 2007
Short version; GET THIS BEAUTIFUL BOOK RIGHT NOW!! Long version; you know that first black & white page of text in books-with copyright details and stuff? If the number sequence near the bottom reads 10 through 1, you have yourself a first edition, which means you'll need to print off (or refer to) the 4 A4 pages of corrections on the author's [...] website. I bought the book knowing this, and I am so happy I did (buy it-as well as know it, thanks to a fellow reviewer.) So, this book is GORGEOUS! Nevermind the bitter-tinged reviews of some of the others; if you're a good and decent person, whatever your bank balance, you deserve to succeed! This book starts with about 10 pages of the story behind Knit Cafe (Melrose Ave, L.A.) followed by 30 patterns, ending with illustrated knitting exercises, a couple pages detailing special techniques, abbreviations, sources and info on the contributers. There's also a slice of poetry and a couple recipes for yummy shortbread and muffins and a lavender tip to help us battle the forces of darkness (moths), a pop quiz and a page asking what Laura Ingalls would do-whom I don't know, but the advice-to listen to your instincts and solve a problem any way you can if outside help is temporarily unavailable, is sound. The patterns-I'd say there's something for everyone here-especially to make and give as gifts. I'll be giving a few a miss-like the baby stuff and the felted saddle blanket-but only because I don't know any ponies. Or babies. The guitar messenger bag would be loved by this egghead I know, and don't get me started on the red carpet gown-I HAVE to have that-for me, in a different color. The other, shorter dress is angelic an the kids club skirt is a riot-again, for me. (I love me.) The happy hippy peace pillow is a MUST-for a bunch of people-including me, and the yoga mat bag is the best I've seen so far. Oh and that lovely bikini, which, even though I have a bikini rich book (see other review) I'll be making this one too. The photographs are page-filling, clear, colorful and darn fine looking. Every pattern has a short intro, the ingredients are highlighted on a color band, there are clear diagrams and close-up photos of details. Really, the only tiny little drawback is that, as most of these books are, it's aimed towards women; knida feel sorry for the guy knitters out there (but not too sorry as it was, after all, a guy that called me 'grandma' when I was a badly drawn knitter at nine. I'm sorry to say I quit after that and only took it up again a few years back.) I cannot WAIT to drop into this place; it looks and sounds like a wonderful knitting heaven in which to hang out (and someone even gave it the thumbs up in Debbie Stoller's SnB book.) As with all books, it's sound advice to check it out at the library or bookstore first, as I did, before purchasing, especially if you're more rubenesque than svelte-I only say that from what I've read in other's reviews-I only just got my copy and have yet to actually use it! Me, I'm happy to welcome it into my ever growing family of knit books. P.S. Did you know there's a related journal? As of this writing, I'm waiting for it...
Pretty Litte Clique Feb 24, 2007
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.