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Knit with Love: Stories to Warm a Knitter's Heart Paperback – October 1, 2011

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"As an avid knitter and yarn-aholic, I devoured this book in one sitting and came away inspired, encouraged, and eager to reach for my needles."--Debbie Macomber, New York Times bestselling author

The rhythm of knitting brings peace and joy to life. Knitters love to share stories, skills, and even their stashes of elegant yarn. And they love finding new outlets for their talents.

Knitting can't feed the hungry, fight crime, or stop global warming. But a hand-knit sweater warms a cold child. A cozy scarf eases a homeless night. A tiny hat comforts a new baby's head. A lovely prayer shawl wraps a worried patient in peace.

Through inspiring stories and gentle encouragement, Knit with Love reveals the many ways you can, with your own two hands, bring joy and comfort to those around you.

Lisa Bogart
is a knitter, weaver, and scrapbooker with a degree in Fine Arts from Colorado State University. She works at Piedmont Yarn & Apparel in Oakland, California, and belongs to three knitting circles.

About the Author

Lisa Bogart is a knitter, weaver, and scrapbooker with a degree in Fine Arts from Colorado State University. She works at Piedmont Yarn & Apparel in Oakland, California, and belongs to three knitting circles. She lives in California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719700
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What a lovely gem of a book! An avid knitter and crocheter, I couldn't resist this book just because of the title, and the gorgeous piece of knitting on the front cover. If you knit, you know what I mean. I was so pleasantly surprised to find the text to be full of inspirational thoughts and anecdotes that any God-loving knitting woman can relate to. I am touched by the author's down-to-earth simplicity and ability to see the sublime in the most mundane of life's experiences. I love this book. I'm so glad I took the chance on it!
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(Full disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from Revell Books to review on my blog.)

I don't generally read heart-warming, inspirational books along the lines of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, and while I consider myself a spiritual person, I'm not affiliated with a particular religion, so I wasn't quite sure how I would respond to Knit with Love: Stories to Warm a Knitter's Heart. I grew up with an unusual, multi-faith background, and often feel excluded by or uncomfortable with faith-based authors. I've had the pleasure of interacting with Lisa Bogart on Ravelry (a social networking website for knitters and crocheters) and she has a really warm and inviting personality, so I really wanted to give her book a try, and requested a review copy from Revell Books to accompany an interview with Lisa I posted on my blog.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It is a quick read - I was able to finish it over the course of about 2-3 days of commuting time. Each chapter is organized around a theme which is metaphorically linked to knitting. For example, Chapter 3: Knit Two Together, is about friendship. I enjoyed reading the stories about how knitting brought together communities, helped individuals through difficult times, and how knitting charities started. There were also some interesting tidbits about charity knitting in history. The book definitely has some tearjerker stories, and I confess that I did have "something in my eye" a few times on the subway ride. Lisa's writing style is very casual and when reading you feel as though you are having a conversation with her. Towards the end of the book, she provides some tips for knitters and shares her favorite books and websites.
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This book is full of short stories which will inspire you to start a new project to help someone! Warm and easy to read even if you only have a few minutes to read a page or two at a time. This book encourages people to do what they can no matter how small it will make a difference. I really enjoyed it. Prepare yourself, by the time you get to the end you will have a burning desire to pull out your needles and knit! I enjoyed it.
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Lisa Bogart has a job that any self-respecting knitter should envy: She works at a yarn store. That means on her workdays she's surrounded by beautiful natural fibers in exquisite textures and colors, as well as all of those tools and gadgets that knitters, crocheters, spinners and weavers simply have to have. That also means that she hears lots of personal stories from expert fiber artists and novice needleworkers alike. In KNIT WITH LOVE, she assembles those stories and shares her insights into the often unexpected benefits of expressing your creativity with some skeins of yarn and a set of knitting needles.

Bogart begins her book with every knitting project's initial step: the "Cast On," also the title of the first chapter. The titles of subsequent chapters similarly use terms familiar to knitters: "Knit Two Together," for example, and "Continue in Established Pattern." Those titles reflect a spiritual concept that serves as inspiration for readers to discover valuable lessons in the work they do with their hands.

The chapter titled "Place a Marker," a compilation of some of the author's "aha!" moments, reads like a devotional, with a scripture verse introducing each entry. A verse about the birth of Christ preceded her account of knitting a baby sweater for Guideposts Knit for Kids, one of the many knitting-related charities she mentions in the book. In fact, she devotes an entire chapter to a description of various charities that knitters contribute their workmanship to, such as Operation Toasty Toes, through which knitters create warm slippers for men and women serving in the military.

One of the unusual delights of KNIT WITH LOVE is a chapter on the history of knitting, which even to avid knitters could be, well, boring.
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Knit with Love was not at all the book I expected it to be. I thought it would be a really heavy duty mix of knitting principles with Biblical truths or devotions, and it isn't. I enjoyed the book so much that I actually like it better because it isn't these things...kind of a "don't mess with perfection" philosophy.

I should start by saying that I am not a knitter. I have approached knitting cautiously in the past but have always ended up with something resembling a triangle when I was supposed to be crafting a rectangle. Because of this, I liked that the knitting terminology was minimal and that any really unfamiliar terms were explained. Even with my minimal experience, I knew most of the terms.

Knit with Love contains a lot of interesting thoughts that vary from the Biblical parallels I was expecting and mentioned above. Instead, the author really brings the book down to a homey, inspirational level that operates within the comfy meditative state any passion, whether it be knitting, scrapbooking or music, can place you within.

My favorite part of the book overall is when Lisa Bogart discussed the fellowship of knitters and talked about the history of knitting (lightly) and how it makes her feel connected with all of these women (and men!) throughout history who did all of these noble, blessed things (knitting socks for soldiers, for one). Those are the kind of thoughts I always enjoy when I thumb through an antique book or handle vintage sheet music...my primary passions. The history in some items or disciplines is tangible, and it always nice to read or hear the thoughts of another who appreciates that.

I would recommend reading Knit with Love, especially if you already do ;).

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this volume.
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