Knit Along with Debbie Macomber: Charity Guide for Knitters

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Famous author Debbie Macomber and Leisure Arts are pleased to present this guidebook to charitable causes that are popular with knitters. Each foundation, association and volunteer group is profiled to help knitters decide which charities they want to support with their handmade gifts. Knit projects for each of the 14 organizations are included, each selected or developed for this publication based on the guidelines or requirements of the featured group. The projects include blankets, caps, scarves, and more. ...

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Overview

Famous author Debbie Macomber and Leisure Arts are pleased to present this guidebook to charitable causes that are popular with knitters. Each foundation, association and volunteer group is profiled to help knitters decide which charities they want to support with their handmade gifts. Knit projects for each of the 14 organizations are included, each selected or developed for this publication based on the guidelines or requirements of the featured group. The projects include blankets, caps, scarves, and more. Debbie Macomber is the bestselling author of:Mrs. Miracle:9780061083464Someday Soon:9780061083099Morning Comes Softly:9780061080630

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601402325
  • Publisher: Leisure Arts, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Knitting Books Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 389,715
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Macomber

With more than 60 million of her books in print, Debbie Macomber's compelling characters have touched hearts all over the world. As her readers know, Debbie herself is an avid knitter who enjoys drawing attention to worthy causes. These include the Warm Up America! afghan program and the FriendshipShawl.org website.

Biography

Publishing did not come easy to self-described "creative speller" Debbie Macomber. When Macomber decided to follow her dreams of becoming a bestselling novelist, she had a lot of obstacles in her path. For starters, Macomber is dyslexic. On top of this, she had only a high school degree, four young children at home, and absolutely no connections in the publishing world. If there's one thing you can say about Debbie Macomber, however, it is that she does not give up. She rented a typewriter and started writing, determined to break into the world of romance fiction.

The years went on and the rejection letters piled up. Her family was living on a shoestring budget, and Debbie was beginning to think that her dreams of being a novelist might never be fulfilled. She began writing for magazines to earn some extra money, and she eventually saved up enough to attend a romance writer's conference with three hundred other aspiring novelists. The organizers of the conference picked ten manuscripts to review in a group critique session. Debbie was thrilled to learn that her manuscript would be one of the novels discussed.

Her excitement quickly faded when an editor from Harlequin tore her manuscript to pieces in front of the crowded room, evoking peals of laughter from the assembled writers. Afterwards, Macomber approached the editor and asked her what she could do to improve her novel. "Throw it away," the editor suggested.

Many writers would have given up right then and there, but not Macomber. The deeply religious Macomber took a lesson from Job and gathered strength from adversity. She returned home and mailed one last manuscript to Silhouette, a publisher of romance novels. "It cost $10 to mail it off," Macomber told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2000. "My husband was out of work at this time, in Alaska, trying to find a job. The children and I were living on his $250-a-week unemployment, and I can't tell you what $10 was to us at that time."

It turned out to be the best $10 Macomber ever spent. In 1984, Silhouette published her novel, Heartsong. (Incidentally, although Heartsong was Macomber's first sale, she actually published another book, Starlight, before Heartsong went to print.) Heartsong went on to become the first romance novel to ever be reviewed in Publishers Weekly, and Macomber was finally on her way.

Today, Macomber is one of the most widely read authors in America. A regular on the New York Times bestseller charts, she is best known for her Cedar Cove novels, a heartwarming story sequence set in a small town in Washington state, and for her Knitting Books series, featuring a group of women who patronize a Seattle yarn store. In addition, her backlist of early romances, including several contemporary Westerns, has been reissued with great success.

Macomber has made a successful transition from conventional romance to the somewhat more flexible genre known as "women's fiction." "I was at a point in my life where I found it difficult to identify with a 25-year-old heroine," Macomber said in an interview with ContemporaryRomanceWriters.com. "I found that I wanted to write more about the friendships women share with each other." To judge from her avid, ever-increasing fan base, Debbie's readers heartily approve.

Good To Know

Some outtakes from our interview with Macomber:

"I'm dyslexic, although they didn't have a word for it when I was in grade school. The teachers said I had 'word blindness.' I've always been a creative speller and never achieved good grades in school. I graduated from high school but didn't have the opportunity to attend college, so I did what young women my age did at the time -- I married. I was a teenager, and Wayne and I (now married nearly 37 years) had four children in five years."

"I'm a yarnaholic. That means I have more yarn stashed away than any one person could possibly use in three or four lifetimes. There's something inspiring about yarn that makes me feel I could never have enough. Often I'll go into my yarn room (yes, room!) and just hold skeins of yarn and dream about projects. It's a comforting thing to do."

"My office walls are covered with autographs of famous writers -- it's what my children call my ‘dead author wall.' I have signatures from Mark Twain, Earnest Hemingway, Jack London, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Pearl Buck, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, to name a few."

"I'm morning person, and rip into the day with a half-mile swim (FYI: a half mile is a whole lot farther in the water than it is on land) at the local pool before I head into the office, arriving before eight. It takes me until nine or ten to read through all of the guest book entries from my web site and the mail before I go upstairs to the turret where I do my writing. Yes, I write in a turret -- is that romantic, or what? I started blogging last September and really enjoy sharing bits and pieces of my life with my readers. Once I'm home for the day, I cook dinner, trying out new recipes. Along with cooking, I also enjoy eating, especially when the meal is accompanied by a glass of good wine. Wayne and I take particular pleasure in sampling eastern Washington State wines (since we were both born and raised in that part of the state).

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    1. Hometown:
      Port Orchard, Washington
    1. Date of Birth:
      October 22, 1948
    2. Place of Birth:
      Yakima, Washington
    1. Education:
      Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2012

    Highly recommended for new knitters as well as experience knitters

    I loved the easy to read/easy to follow instructions. And the descriptions of the different stitches makes it so easy to follow. I love her knitting books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    Kintting with Debbie

    The Patterns are easy reading as well as easy to follow. So glad there
    are orginizations that are helping those in need. I enjoy taking yarn
    and creating something special for anyone who needs to be loved.

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