Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

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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 ...

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Overview

“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.

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One early reviewer imagined this anthology as "a little community of its own where its writers speak the language of knitters." By any standard, it is an impressive gathering. The twenty-seven contributors to this 320-page knitting circle include Anita Shreve, Ann Patchett, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg, Kaylie Jones, Ann Shayne, Andre Dubus III, and Knitting Circle novelist Ann Hood, who edited the collection. Now in trade paperback and NOOK Book. (P.S. Knitting Yarns also contains patterns.)

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“Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.”
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.”
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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393349870
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/2/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 94,169
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Hood

Ann Hood is the author of works of fiction including the bestseller The Knitting Circle and The Obituary Writer, as well as a memoir, Comfort. She is also the editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. The winner of two Pushcart prizes as well as Best American Food Writing, Best American Travel Writing, and Best American Spiritual Writing awards, she lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

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  • Posted December 9, 2013

    I LOVED this book! These aren't the usual stars of the knitting

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    This book tells all the reasons I knit.

    This is a great book.

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  • Posted January 3, 2014

    If your a knitter, check it out.

    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.

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    Posted June 14, 2014

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