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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting
     

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

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by Ann Hood
 

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“In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting.”—People magazine, four stars

“The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life

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“In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting.”—People magazine, four stars

“The impressive collection of writers here have contributed essays that celebrate knitting and knitters. They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters. . . . These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud.”—Ann Hood, from the introduction

Why does knitting occupy a place in the hearts of so many writers? What’s so magical and transformative about yarn and needles? How does knitting help us get through life-changing events and inspire joy? In Knitting Yarns, twenty-seven writers tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged, or helped them to grow. Barbara Kingsolver describes sheering a sheep for yarn. Elizabeth Berg writes about her frustration at failing to knit. Ann Patchett traces her life through her knitting, writing about the scarf that knits together the women she’s loved and lost. Knitting a Christmas gift for his blind aunt helped Andre Dubus III knit an understanding with his girlfriend. Kaylie Jones finds the woman who used knitting to help raise her in France and heals old wounds. Sue Grafton writes about her passion for knitting. Also included are five original knitting patterns created by Helen Bingham.

Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/07/2013
Why do we knit? Why do we love to knit? And why, at times, do we need to knit? Novelist Hood (The Knitting Circle) has assembled 26 essays and one poem that meditate on the magic of knitting. Six companion patterns accompany them. With essays as varied as any pattern or skein of yarn, writers as different as Sue Grafton and Andre Dubus III, Anita Shreve and Barbara Kingsolver, follow their own knitting, and the knitting of others, through personal and familial histories, great friendships and romances, through dark, dreamy, and downright dusty times. Knitting plays the role of nemesis, companion, and guide. Grafton claims that “knitting can create an immutable bond between teacher and pupil; one that will resonate through a lifetime.” And indeed, this collection is rife with teachers who still resonate with these writers: mothers, grandmothers, aunts, friends, daughters, even complete strangers. Several essays explore the palpably strong role knitting seems to have as grief’s companion and salve. While tracing the magic of knitting, these funny, honest, and moving essays turn out to be quite magical themselves. Agent: Gail Hochman. (Nov.)
Philadelphia Inquirer
“Ingenious. . . . Could it be that writers who knit are the cleverest people in the world?”
Elissa Schappell - Vanity Fair
“Otherwise normal-seeming writers come out as knitters in the infinitely crafty Ann Hood’s anthology Knitting Yarns.
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Minneapolis Star Tribune
“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.”
Bookreporter
“Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393241440
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
11/04/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
223,197
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Ann Hood is the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting and the best-selling author of The Book That Matters Most, The Knitting Circle, The Red Thread, Comfort, and An Italian Wife, among other works. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, a Best American Spiritual Writing Award, a Best American Food Writing Award, a Best American Travel Writing Award, and the Paul Bowles Prize for Short Fiction. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
bpaine More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book! These aren't the usual stars of the knitting world (the 'knitterati') - these are writers who can, in a few pages, cause you to nod in agreement, shout hallelujah, weep in shared sorrow, want to reach out and take a hand right through the pages. There are successful knitters, wannabe knitters and utter failures - but it was a pleasure to meet each and every one. Each essay is a few pages - short enough for a break at work or to read before falling asleep. There are also six patterns (pictures on Ravelry) - including a sweater for one very special Chihuahua.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book.
SkeeterWrites4U More than 1 year ago
I bought a total of four of these books and gave them as Christmas Gifts this year to my Kniiterly Friends--they were well received.