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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 02/10/2010 :  7:46:23 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll come straight to the point: This is a fantastic book. Truly.

OK, now you don't have to read the review! But I urge you to anyway.

Does anyone else have a copy yet? Are you as fascinated as I am? Or was my copy spiked with Magic Happy Reviewer Powder?

Clara
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3459 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2010 :  8:05:59 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Boy, oh boy, I'm excited about this book! I saw it at my local bookstore and was thrilled to see a great techniques section as well as numerous projects. The only reason I didn't buy it is... I've never tried brioche stitch so I wanted to try a small brioche hat from IK before getting the book. OK, lame excuse, I'll go and buy it this weekend ;)
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Clara
queen bee

USA
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Posted - 02/10/2010 :  8:09:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Clara's Homepage Send Clara a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey, that's not lame! What if you tried brioche and, I don't know, your hands suddenly spontaneously combusted? Better to find out in a small hat before you invest in a whole book.

But if your hands don't spontaneously combust, I have a feeling you might really enjoy having this book as a reference. Just, you know... in case you wake up on a Sunday morning and crave some brioche.

Clara
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Martheme
Sustaining Member

USA
1565 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2010 :  9:17:56 PM  Show Profile  Visit Martheme's Homepage  Send Martheme a Yahoo! Message Send Martheme a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Clara Thank you for the review!

I actually have not bought many knitting books recently (running out of shelves!) but your review made me want to run out and buy this one! I'm already working on a plan to get to the bookstore after school drop off in the morning. ;)

Martheme

Blog: http://www.afewsheepshyofafarm.com/
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kjelenfy
New Pal

11 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  06:24:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit kjelenfy's Homepage Send kjelenfy a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Can't wait to see this one!
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knitz2
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USA
1800 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  07:01:28 AM  Show Profile  Visit knitz2's Homepage Send knitz2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently got the book and at a glimpse it looks great but it is sitting over in that corner with the other 3 new books I have that I haven't had time to explore yet. A few months ago I did a small sampler of brioche stitch from a "how to" I found on the net somewhere and decided it has real possibilities for inclusion in my future projects. Also, I now believe it was the stitch used to make a scarf that a customer once brought to me asking if I could identify the stitch pattern and help her execute it; at the time I was clueless about brioche.

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anderknit
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USA
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Posted - 02/11/2010 :  08:38:00 AM  Show Profile Send anderknit a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I love brioche stitch and have swatched several of the Barbara Walker variations. I've also looked at the brioche projects from Weekend Knitting (2-color, circular, etc) but have been put off by the errata and some of the comments on the explanation of technique.

So I think this book may be just the thing I need.

By the way, if anyone wants a sample of Marchant's style, take a poke around her website:

http://www.briochestitch.com/home.HTM

Aside: I think it's an insult that my spell-checker flags "swatched" as misspelled. How rude!
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arizonaknitter
New Pal

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  09:27:54 AM  Show Profile  Visit arizonaknitter's Homepage Send arizonaknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw this book last weekend at Barnes and Nobles - I came very close to purchasing it but was unsure. After your review Clara, I'm buying it!

Tina
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marjotse
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Sweden
1018 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  12:03:55 PM  Show Profile  Visit marjotse's Homepage Send marjotse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for your review! I finally mastered Brioche lat year, even though I am dutch and Fishermen's stitch sweaters were indeed very popular I never tried to knit one.... I love her web-page and the book on my "very much desired" right away. It's just a bit higher up the list now!

Marjolein

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La galloise
Chatty Knitter

France
162 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  3:16:22 PM  Show Profile Send La galloise a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I didn't know you could knit it .......here in France we eat brioche
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cpknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 02/11/2010 :  3:20:27 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the great review. I was looking at it the other week and was on the fence as I have many, many knitting books. I had also read somewhere (was it in the book maybe) brioche stitch uses twice as much yarn for an item. Does anyone know if this true? I think I am going to get it anyway as (1) a thick, warm sweater sounds good at this time of year and (2) one can never have too many well researched technique books.

Carol, Wisconsin
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jco582001
New Pal

13 Posts

Posted - 02/15/2010 :  08:06:11 AM  Show Profile Send jco582001 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had already purchased the book prior to the review and I absolutely love it. I have never tried Brioche before and within 20 minutes I was swatching away. I really want to do some of the multi-color patterns she shows in the book and there is a sweater in there I love!
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BessH
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Posted - 03/20/2010 :  02:46:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes. I bought it! It's mind boggling.

what I want to know is .... how many swatches did you knit?

I think I'm going to have to do a whole swatch library - there are so many different patterns. It's like a Barbara Walker for a single stitch. Staggered.

I have an enormous library of knitting books and my purchasing has slowed down to a molassas like crawl over the past year or two - but this one was truly worth the money. Thanks for the review.

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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purlgin
Chatty Knitter

109 Posts

Posted - 03/20/2010 :  06:59:19 AM  Show Profile Send purlgin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was looking through this book at Barnes and Noble last week and was so enthralled that my husband insisted I buy it.(!) What could I do? I had to buy it. Have never knit brioche and haven't swatched yet, but it is one beautiful, spirit-lifting book! Great for browsing, inspiration, etc. even before you pick up a needle. Thanks, Clara, for alerting us.
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minh
Permanent Resident and Destasher Extraordinnaire

USA
3459 Posts

Posted - 04/11/2010 :  8:18:52 PM  Show Profile  Visit minh's Homepage Send minh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
cpknits, this book does mention that brioche requires twice as much yarn.

I sat down with the book on Friday and swatched several stitch patterns. As Clara mentioned in her review, I had to slow down before casting on (something I'm not used to doing when I get a new book!) but the bark and burp stitches came naturally after a while. Selvedge stitches were really helpful to me, otherwise I would totally mess up the first stitch in the row! Despite the warm weather, I'm thinking of knitting a two-color brioche hat soon.
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fmarrs
Guardian angel

USA
9776 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2010 :  04:28:20 AM  Show Profile Send fmarrs a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I absollutly adore brioche, both the knit and the baked variety.

fran

http://martianmischief.blogspot.com/
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cpknits
Chatty Knitter

USA
300 Posts

Posted - 04/12/2010 :  1:21:41 PM  Show Profile Send cpknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Minh, Thanks. I think I'll have to try it. Eventually I want to start working on another warm sweater for winter. I'm getting tired of looking at myself in the two I have.

Carol, Wisconsin
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donnawatk
Seriously Hooked

765 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2010 :  08:58:12 AM  Show Profile Send donnawatk a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitpicks has this book on sale $16.99
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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
536 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2010 :  6:22:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was on the KnitPicks waiting list for this book; I wanted it mostly to see if it would help me learn how to identify and pick up dropped stitches (better just not to make mistakes; ha)! Brioche stitch is one of my favorite stitch patterns for scarves, especially for men. And it is definitely a heavy feeder on the yarn, but is just so very plush. I hope to knit a hat from the book.

When I was younger, I collected and read cookbooks like they were page-turner novels. Now it's knitting books. At one time I collected and devoured quilting books, but never really got into quilting; daughter has those now and she does quilt. But I DO cook and knit!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time.
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mathiemom
Chatty Knitter

USA
245 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2010 :  11:08:50 AM  Show Profile  Visit mathiemom's Homepage Send mathiemom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love this book, too! I got it from the public library (after waiting my place in the reserve line) and immediately decided that I had to buy it. I've done a brioche sweater before, but this book has so much information to get those creative juices flowing . . .

Wendy
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