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Knitting Lessons: Tales From the Knitting Path Audio CD – Abridged, July 15, 2008
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Nargi, a beginning knitter, set out to interview and observe knitters of all levels to examine why people knit and what led them to pick up their needles and stitch away. The author met with knitters and crafters on both coasts and found women (and a couple of men) eager to share their thoughts on the craft. The "grandma knitter" stereotype is wrong--as evidenced by Nargi talking with people from various professions, ages, and walks of life. Fellow knitters will enjoy the unique stories of how people learn to knit, who taught them, and why they decided to learn. Nargi came across many colorful characters, including Edith Eig, owner of La Knitterie Parisienne in L.A and "knitter to the stars," and Eddie Kaufman, who says, "I am a large man, and due to my balding head, beard, and the fact that I ride a motorcycle, more people assume I am in a biker gang than in a knitting circle." Michelle Kaske
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Nargi's fresh enthusiasm for the craft is bound to push you back to the fundamental joys of needles and yarn. (HC edition) --Interweave Knits magazine
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Top Customer Reviews
The thing I liked best was learning of other knitting resources and websites - as well as feeling like I was having coffee/tea and a comfy chat with each knitter who presented themselves via essay.
My only concern with the book was that the author herself had very little knitting experience. At the time of the writing, she had only been knitting for less than two years. That would be okay, except that she kept inserting her own personal knitting "story" in between the stories of others - and the fact is, she didn't seem to enjoy the knitting experience herself. After one frustrating attempt to knit socks, she mostly knit just swatches of various stitches and described her ongoing frustration and even boredom with knitting. It almost seemed as if this was a journalist/writer in need of a writing project - and she turned to her new-found knitting hobby as a source of something to write about. I would have enjoyed the book even more if she'd expressed some level of satisfaction or joy with the knitting process itself.
I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading all of the stories about how each person started knitting and how much they love it.
I loved this book. I disagree with the other reviewers that did not enjoy it; however, since I am a new knitter I could not see what they saw in the book. Maybe this book is more for new knitters to appreciate--since experienced knitters are set in their ways and will see all the flaws (which I did not see any).