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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting Hardcover – November 11, 2013
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Many of the essays connect the process of knitting with significant life events, others with significant people in the author's lives. This is fitting. In my experience as a shop owner, I have encountered dozens of women (and a few men) who sought and found solace in knitting during life crises. One woman, who had recently lost her husband of 61 years, wandered in with the idea to make a baby hat for her first soon-to-be-born great grandchild. The hat needed 11 months to be born, and during that time, we watched its knitter pass through many stages of grief and emerge on the other side. Another, slightly younger woman found us after a frightening diagnosis and an order to quit smoking. The needles and yarn occupied her hands; following the pattern occupied her mind.
Just as often, people seem to take up or return to knitting in response to joyful milestones and memories--the birth of a first child, a desire to connect with a loved one who is (or was) a knitter. And there are many other stories. So many that the essays in this volume not only ring true, they feel like conversations, from a week ago or perhaps to be had next week.
And the patterns! The book wisely includes directions for five beautiful projects, none of which the reader need make to appreciate. Rather, they are food for the celebration that is knitting. Though I might just need to cast on for those Banks fingerless mittens. You know, once I finish this hat. And those blanket squares.
Stephen Borkowski, Chair
Provincetown Art Commission
My complaint is that the Kindle version does not provide photographs of the included knitting patterns. A big omission....and so not enticing to make, which seems a waste. I went onto Ravelry to see project photos from some of the test knitters and readers of the book.
The editor, Ann Hood, wrote The Knitting Circle (2008). It was very good. I recommend this as well.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a beautifully written and edited book. It covers all the sides and pieces of the knitting process. Good work!Published 3 months ago by Kathryn Kane
Enjoyed this immensely, reading a story each morning over coffee. Some of them made me cry (in a good way) and some made me laugh out loud. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Linda K.
If you are a knitter, these are wonderful vignettes about why people enjoy knitting, what it means to them, and how it connects family members. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lots of good writing that happens to have knitting as a common "thread." Sent a copy to my writing/knitting daughter for her enjoyment too.Published 5 months ago by BirderMame
As a writer myself I found this book expressed many of my own feelings about writing and knitting. It was enjoyable, touching and truly reflected how writers function and their... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer