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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting Paperback – September 2, 2014
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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 --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“Ingenious. . . . Could it be that writers who knit are the cleverest people in the world?”
- Philadelphia Inquirer
“Otherwise normal-seeming writers come out as knitters in the infinitely crafty Ann Hood’s anthology Knitting Yarns. How hot is that?”
- Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
“A seamless collection of essays that explores the agony and ecstasy of ‘knitting yarns’ on the needles as well as on the page. . . . Knitting Yarns is a little community of its own where its writers speak the language of knitters.”
- Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.”
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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.
Except for Barbara Kingsolver, whose prose is so purple as to be impenetrable.
So why did I keep reading? Every few pages, there would be a sentence so brilliant as to give me chills.
It would have been nice to cultivate contributors who were skilled in knitting and didn't use it as therapy. After all, everyone used to knit; men, women, children.
I'm on the fence about passing this book along after I'm done. I think I will, with the proviso that it becomes bogged down once in a while, but it's ok to skip some essays. I'm unable to not read every work of a book I've purchased, but some others may be.