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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (November 11, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393239497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393239492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a collection of essays and one poem by well-known authors about the magical powers of knitting. The book also includes six knitting patterns interspersed throughout the book. Because the focus of the text is on the act of knitting and the feelings evoked rather than the finished product, there are no images or diagrams to accompany the knitting projects. Rather, the text invites the reader to curl up with a book or with knitting and be transported to a world of healing, peace, and calm. These are deeply personal stories ranging from true and heartbreaking (Martha Frankel attempting to keep her friend from joining a cult through knitting), to the honest and humorous (finger knitting being even more relaxing than knitting because you can drink your martini while finger knitting). This book makes you want to start knitting or resurrect an old knitting project. --Rebecca Pfenning

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“Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.” (Bookreporter)

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I love reading all the stories by the authors about knitting.
runnergirl27
Very moving stories of people's relationships with knitting, the good, the bad and the ugly!
Maureen M Ritz
I purchased this book for myself and as a gift for a dear friend.
Suzzanne M. Rye

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By bunnyraku on November 11, 2013
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As a lifelong knitter and longtime teacher of literature, the idea of a collection of essays about knitting penned by such talented writers as Joyce Maynard, Elizabeth Berg, and Jane Smiley, to name but a few, is pure joy. Much like knitting itself, which these essays celebrate. Now that I have embarked on a second career as the owner of Stash Knits, a LYS (local yarn shop) near Philadelphia, I find that I have even greater insight into and appreciation for the sentiments expressed here.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dogebooks on December 3, 2013
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As both writer and knitter, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Reading it was like pulling on a warm, cozy knit sweater on a winter day. I laughed, I cried, I knitted.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen H. Borkowski on December 2, 2013
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This is topping my list of preferred gifts for 2013, I have always been in the company of knitters but didn't understand the mystique until now. I may not pick up yarn and needles in December but I know the book will be enjoyed by my vast "knitting circle" when they open it on Christmas morning.

Stephen Borkowski, Chair
Provincetown Art Commission
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Runolfson on May 20, 2014
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This book is what it says on the tin, writers on knitting. Unfortunately, it's all the same sort of writers who mostly do the same sort of knitting: bestseller essay and mimetic (literary) fiction writers who are beginning knitters not really interested in improving their craft. I would like to have seen a wider variety of both writers and knitters. Where are the genre writers? Why is there only one poet and one poem? Why include one writer of knitting pattern books and not more? Why not include writers who don't design, but who do write "how-to" books for knitters? Where are the writers who are also experienced knitters?

In addition, knitting is as much a visual craft as anything, so I would like to have seen some images interspersed with the confessional-style essays here. This is especially true of the knitting patterns included. In the ebook format, there are no images included, so you can't tell what the patterns (all by the same designer) might look like unless you manually plug in the link provided to the designer's website. The technology is there to do much better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda B. on December 20, 2013
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I purchased this book as a gift for my sister who is both a knitter and avid reader. I learned of the book when one of my favorite writers (Elilzabeth Berg) mentioned that she was a contributing author. My sister tells me she LOVES this book...actually sent an email during her transatlantic flight back to Germany to tell me so. I believe it will be on her bookshelf forever! Couldn't be more pleased and thinking that, perhaps, I need a copy of my own!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Katie on November 29, 2013
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An interesting perspective on knitting from generally kindred individuals. I enjoyed reading about the varied experiences of various individuals who knit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By imisswi on March 12, 2014
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I liked the thoughts on knitting from a variety of different lives, including the view of non-knitters and knitting failures. There are some patterns too, but no photos of the finished objects. Enjoyable, non-stressing reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Gilliland on March 11, 2014
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This collection of essays was very enjoyable and thought-provoking. I enjoyed the many different ways that knitting touched their lives. As a not-too-serious knitter, I am always interested in other knitters' stories and work. Really enjoyed this book!
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