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KnitLit: Sweaters and Their Stories...and Other Writing About Knitting Paperback – September 24, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (September 24, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609808249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609808245
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

Knitting is hot again, with celebrities such as Julia Roberts having picked up their needles. But this book, while acknowledging the craft's trendiness, is really about what it means to create something. Sometimes, as many knitters know, there is only the dream of what could be, as unused yarn gathers dust. But that's what's so nice about this book of knitters' personal remembrances. There is the shared knowledge that projects don't always come to fruition; when they do, they are not always as one wished them to be. Then there's also the understanding that the process is oftentimes more important than what's on the needles. People who love to knit will love this book. Even though the stories begin to sound similar by the end--where the writer learned to knit; the way knitting helped her through a crisis--the warmth and emotion with which they are told seem singular each time. Ilene Cooper
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From the Inside Flap

Whether you?re a dedicated knitter who bestows lovingly crafted gifts upon family and friends at every possible occasion, a sometimes knitter with a bag of fully conceived but half-completed projects, or a newcomer who has recently taken up the needles with great gusto, you know the rewards that this hobby can bring. You may also know that knitting as a hobby can verge on obsession?be it the compulsive purchasing of stunning hand-spun wool, the desire to rip out nearly finished sweaters because you dropped a stitch, or the need to knit wherever, whenever, or however you can. Most important, though, knitting offers a camaraderie, a society of women and men who converse in a language all their own, flock to yarn stores with religious devotion, and can recite the time and place where they first learned to purl. These feelings are what KnitLit is all about. In this charming collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections, knitters of every ?color? celebrate their hobby and share with you the joy it brings into their lives.

From the touching tale of a caring woman whose hand-knit dolls bring security to young hospital patients, to the hilarious story of a woman scorned who sends her ex-boyfriend a scarf knit with wolf hair only to have it torn to shreds by his dogs, to the moving recollection of a man whose grandmother?s dying wish was to knit all the wool in her knitting stash, to the finely wrought account of a man who keeps alive the memories of his companions and friends who have succumbed to AIDS by wearing the sweaters they left behind, KnitLit is a gift from knitters to knitters?crafted with as much love and care as an afghan or a wool scarf. Wrap yourself in KnitLit, and be inspired.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I received this as a gift, and as a knitter, I really appreciated it. Knitting can be such a solitary activity, and this book offers an opportunity to hear stories that people don't often share. The stories are so varied that I found myself wanting to savor each one before I moved on to the next. I can't wait for the next book!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 31, 2003
Format: Paperback
While this book would appeal mainly to knitters, anyone who likes the textile or fiber arts AND who likes a good "yarn" will love this book.
It's packed with stories about how knitting affects the lives of the contributors. And there are many of these short essays in this wonderful collection.
Are these tales just about "When I learned to knit and made a funny-looking sweater?" No--though there are stories just like that. There are also stories about how knitting is intertwined with life and death.
The most meaningful story for me was by a man whose beloved grandmother INSISTED that her yarn stash be knit up into a warm afghan as she lay dying from cancer. She was at a ripe old age and had a full life, and the way she tied up the loose ends of her life, lovingly and with great passion and determination, was inspiring. This is like "Chicken Soup for the Knitting Soul."
If you like to read about people who knit and about their real-life experiences and deep feelings, this book is for you. I really found it hard to put down, and I know when I re-read it, I will find more gold. Thanks, all of you who wrote this.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "arana8" on February 5, 2003
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The essays are mostly very short, which I like, because I can only go so long without knitting. (I'm working on knitting without looking, but so far am only successful with worsted weight.) Many are evidently not written by professional writers; this is a democratic and inclusive book. The essays come from all different perspectives, embracing those who are NOT philosophical about knitting along with those who are, and even those who hate knitting or don't knit. Some are hilarious, some are sad, some are boring. This book is great.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2002
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This book is a collection of brief essays, averaging about two or three pages each, by dozens of people. There are very few pieces that I'd call weak; even these 'weaker' pieces uniformly maintain a chatty, conversational tone that gives the reader a smile or two.
Most of the essays are very well written. They provide snapshots of wildly different people who find common ground through knitting. Some of them knit as a form of creative self-expression, some of them knit to provide comfort to themselves or others, and some just knit to keep their hands moving. There are tales of joy and loneliness; there are triumphs and disasters; and for one special knitter, there are worms. While there are some pieces I wish had been longer, the format of the book is an overall wise choice. The brevity of each essay makes it a perfect excuse to put down your knitting for a few minutes and rest your hands while you read a bit. I recommend this book to every knitter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 23, 2002
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This anthology proves what I've suspected all along--people who knit aren't just grandmothers anymore. They're high school students and pub-goers and alcoholics. They're even men. Bite-sized stories, just long enough to give a quick break from your day. Loved it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mamareadssomuch on October 30, 2004
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If you are knitter like me who also loves to read, then you'll surely want to add this book to your library. The stories within are written by knitters from all over; each weaves the craft of knitting with the lives we all cherish.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2003
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I bought this book because I thought it would be a good substitue for not being able to knit on an 8-hour flight. It did not disappoint. There are quite a few humorous stories to break up the more sentimental and New-Agey type ones. It is clear from this book that knitters come in all varieties which makes for an interesting read. I'm looking forward to the next volume!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on October 21, 2004
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If you are a knitter or know a knitter, you will find stories you can identify with in KnitLit. Other stories will give you an entirely new prospective on knitting. The stories are told by those who love to knit and those who just love a knitter. They run the gamut from laughter to tears. Knitters, pick up this book when you put down those needles - or for those lucky ones who can manage it, read this while you knit! For those who have knitters in their lives, read this to understand why your loved one is so obsessed.
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