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A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter Paperback – August 3, 2011
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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 and Rachel's writing. But then I am a knitter! I do think you have to be a knitter to fully get Rachel's life in relationship to her knitting but there are many... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Susan Eastler
I bought this book for myself because I'm a knitter. I enjoyed reading it and even laughed out loud in some places.Published 1 month ago by Janie Booty
A delightful read. I even bought one for a friend who is a knitter. She will love it too.Published 1 month ago by Lynda R. Weaver
This is the first book on my Kindle that I have read to competition. I am also an avid Knitter and found that my life also revolves around my Knitting. Fantastic Book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jamie Lynn
Well written memoir about life, coping through knitting, coping with knitting-gone-awry, friendship, love, loss and family. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KOF
Although not a knitter, I throughly enjoyed this book and reading it made me want to go out and learn to knit! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robin O. Harris
The first few chapters were very loosely woven about knitting. The chapter about her relationship with her mother was really forced as far as knitting goes. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Horselady
One of those books that you do not want to end... You miss the characters... OH wait you can still follow Rachael and see what shes up to :-)Published 3 months ago by Chris Pugsley