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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (August 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326480
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,347,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Interweave, October 2007

“This is a collection of fourteen essays written by thirteen knitters and one knitter’s husband. Every knitter I know could relate personally … some are deeply moving, others just plain fun, some educational, one or two perfect for putting me to sleep… Ms. Dakin is an exceptional reader. Her tone and voice takes on the personality of the written words so well that I looked forward to hearing the next essay.”, Winter 2007

“Knitting Out Loud in Stockton Springs, Maine, bills itself as the only audiobook publisher to focus exclusively on knitting …The first three releases are shipping now: Knitting Memories: Reflections on the Knitter’s Life, edited by Nela Nargi and read by Kymberly Dakin.”


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Sometimes it is a cherished knitted item that starts a story, sometimes the quest for more of the perfect yarn, sometimes the way knitting is worked into a memory—knitters such as Lily Chin, Betty Christiansen, Teva Durham, Clara Parkes, Caroline Herzog, and Lela Nargi take us into their confidence, sharing with us the whimsy, the insights, and plain pleasure that the age-old craft of knitting has brought into their lives.
Editor Lela Nargi is a writer and knitter who lives in Vermont. She is the author of Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path and Around the Table: Women on Food, Cooking, Nourishment, Love . . . and the Mothers Who Dished It Up for Them.

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I'm a writer who looks for the small stories in the vast world that surrounds us - whether I'm writing children's books; exploring the history or current state of knitting and craft; or researching magazine articles on travel, food, or kids.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on February 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Knitting is more than just a craft or the creation of something to wear. Between the knitter and yarn there is a tactile experience and a time of reflection, a chance to meditate or let the mind wander as it will. Between the knitter and the knitting is a relationship, and it is this that Lela Nargi explores in Knitting Memories: Reflections on the Knitter's Life.

This collection of sixteen essays has been written by knitters and non-knitters, givers and receivers, knitting stars (such as Lily Chin) and hospice-care workers. Here they reflection on the insights knitting has brought to their lives.

In her introduction, Nargi shares the story of her two-year-old daughter Ada's relationship with knitting. As she thought about the pieces Ada was drawn to, Nargi shares the philosophy she used to pull together the disparate elements of this collection. "These pieces of knitting...are intricate stories waiting to be unraveled, and mostly they are stories about that has to do with history, tracing knitting's broad and narrow channels through the ages, linking knitters to ancient craftspeople or perhaps just our own mothers and grandmothers. And the story is also, sometimes, one about pure imagination--the way knitting exists in our minds as fertile territory to be plumbed, picked at, reveled in, and perhaps eventually presented to others so that they, too, may share in the imaginings."

What makes this collection more than another collection of knitters discussing their craft, is the inclusion of several essays by non-knitters. Of particular note is Cedric N. Chatterly's "Virginia," which shares the joy Virginia and her knitting have brought to his life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda Bulger VINE VOICE on May 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Turning string into fabric with two sticks...that's knitting. But why do we do it? Most committed knitters don't do it for the sake of the product. Anyone can buy a gorgeous scarf, blanket, baby gift. Not to save money, because the most delicious yarns can be very expensive. No, the rewards are harder to define. In this compilation by Lela Nargi, sixteen contributors--knitters and a few non-knitters--share a range of perspectives on the place knitting holds in their lives.

Although I avoid abridgements, I was tempted by this audio production from Knitting Out Loud, a company that helps knitters "avoid the agonizing conflict between reading about knitting and knitting." Their list of titles is entirely made up of audio knitting books. Talk about niche marketing! The four-CD set contains fourteen of the essays, plus the introduction.

A number of "knitting goddesses" are featured; among them designers Lily Chin and Teva Dunham, and Knitter's Review founder Clara Parkes. Hobby knitters fantasizing about doing it for a living can get the inside scoop from Chin's frantic marathon knitting-to-deadline sessions, Dunham's encounter with Hilary Swank in a knitting class, and Parkes's flight to rural Maine for a lifestyle based entirely on knitting.

The essayists run the gamut from casual knitters to women investing years in the creation of intensely personal works of art. (Note: there are no male knitters featured in this audiobook.) Several of the stories focus on a knitted garment or blanket taking its value from the relationship with the friend, mother or grandmother who knitted it--the love and caring knitted in, the blessing of tradition. This is common fare for books on craft, but the variety of these stories is exceptional.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Iris on March 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I like the yarnharlot and her blog and books and I enjoyed knitlit two, so I purchased this book as soon as it was on amazon. I was also curious to hear the stories of teva durham and lily chin. Maybe that is what is missing in the book: these women are desingers and that's what they do great, but they're not writers. that makes the book a disappointment for me. Buy 'knitting in America' of 'Knitknit' to learn more about the designing process and buy 'crazy aunt pearl' for a good story.
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By Uriah on August 26, 2014
Format: Hardcover
excellent writers!!
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