Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter Paperback – August 3, 2011
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
Rachael Herron has written a great book about knitting and how it weaves into her life. There are 20 essays, all named for various needlework terms such as "casting on" and "double crochet". The titles are not what the essays are about, at least not in the traditional way of "I learned 3 different cast on techniques and here's how I use them" - the essay "Casting On" is about M's Herron's early life and her father.
M's Herron writes about love - romantic and otherwise. There's one on a failed relationship - one where M's Herron lost herself as well as the desire to knit. She writes of finding the love of her life - and deciding to knit her own wedding dress. And she also brings up "the boyfriend sweater curse". If you have this far into this review, you already know what the "curse" is but in case you need reminding it's when someone (usually a woman) makes something her boyfriend and after it's finished, the relationship unravels. Is it because of the sweater or not? I don't know but I have never made my love a sweater, just in case.
M's Herrons essays are brilliantly written, capturing what was going on in her life at the time of the essay. I wept as her mother was dying, remembering my own mother's death. I cheered when Digit came back and she managed to raise the money for the vet's fee. But most of all, I came to feel as if I had known her for quite some time. I feel as if I made a friend by reading this book.Read more ›
So I picked up Herron's book with some trepidation.
From the very first chapter, she had me. She's a story teller, not a narcissist. Her essays revolve around other people and how she feels about them and how they add depth and value to her life. She writes about herself only in the context of the other people she loves. Her stories are engaging, and her writing style is so full of honesty and humor that you will be crying one minute and laughing the next.
I think my favorite chapter was "Basket Weave Stitch" where she writes about her cat Digit, and how she was humbled by a whole community of knitters who came together to help her care for him when he was in crisis. As you read her words, you feel her dismay at the outpouring of love that she feels she's not equal to.
Though knitting is the (eh-hem) thread that pulls the whole book together, I don't think you have to be a knitter to enjoy her writing. I say that with some uncertainty because I am a knitter, and I loved it.
I loved the story about how she fell in love when she wasn't really looking for it. Her stories about her mother made me a little weepy. The wonder of finding out that there were people just like you on the internet, that too, I identified with.
Parts of it made me laugh out loud and there were parts that I read to my daughter who is also a knitter. She laughed as hard as I did in the beginning with Rachel's story about her first sweater.
Memories of cats, yarn, love and loss. If you're a fan of her blog, Yarnagogo, you probably already ordered it. If you're a knitter who likes knitting memoirs, it's worth a read. If you like personal stories, it's a good one.
The trick to writing a good memoir or blog is to write every day things in a way that makes interesting and familiar. Rachel Herron does a wonderful job of that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book!
It was good understand that I am not the only person with some of these issues and get a perspective on how another has dealt with them. Read more
Interesting book. I almost felt like taking up knitting again. I liked thailt she had a loving family that took care of each other.Published 2 months ago by C. MCCAIN
I am not a knitter, but I found this book delightful. If she knits as well as she writes, her creations must be stunning.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I bought this book for a great price on Book Bub and thoroughly enjoyed it. She has a great sense of humor and and it was a fast
read. Read more
This was a well written, nicely told story about the life of a knitter/writer/lover/daughter/friend/cat-owner. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jan Butterfield
This delightful book had me, a veteran knitter/crocheter, in stitches... The author is as warm & fuzzy as the products of her needles. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Genevieve
A great biography of our times. Interesting coming of age story.Published 4 months ago by DP megret
I enjoyed this collection of essays very much. I also found the included pattern very useful. It's written for a hot-water bottle cozy, but with minor adaptation I turned it into a... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Robin