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Cheaper Than Therapy Paperback – September 3, 2005

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About the Author

Annie Modesitt (editor) has compiled essays from women who work with fiber encompassing a wide range of topics from childbirth to family barbeques to mourning a loss. She is the author of "Confessions of a Knitting Heretic", "Knitting Millinery" and is the editor of the 2006 Accord Publishing Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar. Her upcoming book on creating hand knit jewelry with wire and beads is due to be released by Clarkson/Potter Publishing in Spring, 2006.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: ModeKnit Press; 1st edition (September 3, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975421980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975421987
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,509,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

A native of Ohio, Annie called the New York area her home for almost 20 years. Now she resides in St. Paul, MN where there is PLENTY of time for knitting, designing and writing while she cares for her husband and children and variously changing pets.

Annie's work has appeared in every major knitting magazine and knitting website, she has written 8 knit technique & pattern books, and has edited several volumes of essays on fiber and craft.

Annie teaches her unique style of knitting across the US and Europe. Her online classes are accessible via

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By D. Emborsky on October 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
Reading each of the essays in this book has taken me on quite a ride of emotions. I have been divorced, shopping at Super Yarn Mart, meditating, barn dancing, enduring Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and grieving. The common thread, the source of hope, the tool of choice is fiber and the authors of these essays have all experienced amazing life changes as they knitted, crocheted and shopped with fiber.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Pitt on November 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for people who like to knit, crochet or do needlework to help relieve stress, soften grief, and to give love. For me, crocheting is something repetitive, rhythmic and very calming. By slowing down to crochet for 30-60 min a day & focusing all of my thoughts & feelings on the intended recipient of the project, I am able to escape from the anxiety and stress of everyday life. I thought I was the only person who felt that way until I read this book. I don't know many people who do needlework and it was wonderful to hear stories from other crafters. The only part I disagree with is the title "Cheaper Than Therapy"--Crocheting is not always cheap! I sometimes spend $100 or more on a single project!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
Knowledgeably edited by Annie Modesitt, Cheaper Than Therapy: Joy, Healing And Life Lessons In Fiber is an impressive and memorable compilation of poems and writings drawn from a large selection of writers revealing the essence of the therapeutic nature sewing, knitting, crocheting, and spinning. The reader will discover hidden secrets as to why so many people take the needlecraft arts as such a popular and widespread hobby. Cheaper Than Therapy is a strongly recommended read for fiber artists and needlecraft hobbyists for its definitive ability to engage the reader from beginning to end.
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By Marysville on January 6, 2014
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As a hospice RN for more than 20 years, I have used knitting as a simple way to let go of the stress of the day. The rhythm and texture of the yarn going through my fingers and quiet clicking of the needles can become a meditation that focuses the mind on my hands and my ability to control destiny. The entire process of going to the yarn store, looking at the colors, feeling the softness and enjoying the smell of the yarn and then finding the perfect pattern is pure joy. The only hard questions are limited to how many skeins, do I need that new pair of special needles that just came in and the stitch markers that will look so great with the yarn. This book is written by people that truly understand that. Knitting fits everywhere in my life - as a passenger in a car, train, bus or plane, in bed, at the table, on the porch watching the day go by. Knitting also is done by the bedside - in a home or hospital. Knitting starts conversations with family and strangers. This book understands that knitting has helped me through the tragedies - personal and professional, the unsettling times, the joy of visiting with family and the wonderment of watching my children grow. If you are a knitter, this book is you. If you are not a knitter, it will introduce you to the simple, quiet meditation of knitting.
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