A Knitter’s Home Companion is an illustrated collection of stories, patterns, and recipes from beloved knitter and essayist Michelle Edwards. This heartwarming title will appeal to knitters interested in not only stitches, yarn, and patterns, but also in the lives of other knitters, the lessons that can be learned from their craft, the ways knitting helps knitters cope during difficult times, and the role of knitting in family life. “Let [this book] keep you company when you need another knitter’s voice beside you,” Edwards writes in her introduction.
Like a good friend, A Knitter’s Home Companion will inspire readers to laugh, cry, remember, be thoughtful, cook, and, of course, pick up their needles—sometimes to soothe, sometimes to celebrate, and sometimes to just pass the time. Divided into four chapters—Motherhood, Home, Community, and Legacy—stories range from “But She Doesn’t Have Any Underpants,” about the challenges of knitting for family to “Home Ec Workshop and the Mystery of the Indian Slipper,” about finding community at a local yarn shop. Projects range from mittens and socks to a baby blanket and afghan.
Praise for A Knitter's Home Companion:
"This charming book is like reading a letter from your best friend . . . The recipes, beautiful drawings, anecdotes, and helpful hints on every aspect of our favorite craft . . . will bring a smile to your face and a comfort to your soul."
- Love of Knitting
"These reflections on knitting will resonate with knitters of all stripes. Charming stories supplemented by delightful patterns and recipes open a window to a knitter's inner life . . . From here, straight through to the end of the book you will feel a personal connection to this author who knits to celebrate, soothe and pass the time."
“This is a charming and utterly alluring book that makes you want to cook and knit and have a little chat about the kids. I love Michelle Edwards’ drawings, and the design of the book is an artwork in itself. This is a book you want to buy for yourself, and maybe to give to a few close friends, as well.” Jane Smiley, Author of many novels and knitter of many sweaters
“A cozy and charming collection of essays about the joys of knitting —complete with lovely patterns and yummy recipes—to leave you feeling warm and inspired.” Kate Jacobs, Author of Friday Night Knitting Club series and Comfort Food
“Michelle Edwards’ writing remind me of a simpler time when I grew up in a small town where family was the center of everything. When I read her stories, I think about the legacy I am leaving to my daughter by teaching her the craft that I love so much and what a treasure a handmade gift really is. Beyond the delightful and heartwarming stories, the patterns, and the recipes is a wonderful message about what is really most important in life.” Vanna White
"It was Edwards' love of knitting and her desire to find a nurturing community that led to her newest book, A Knitter's Home Companion, which is a love song that she's written to knitting and the process of forming a community around her lifelong passion of shaping strands of wool into hats, scarves, sweaters, socks, mittens, and even egg warmers."
|Publisher:||Abrams, Harry N., Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
Michelle Edwards is an essayist for Lion brand Yarn Company's e-newsletter and the award-winning author/illustrator of many children's books. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Knitter's Home Companion by Michelle Edwards A Heartwarming Collection of Stories, Patterns, and Recipes Love knitting as much as I do reading a book, so combining these two things puts me in heaven. If I read a book on my pc I can also do charity knitting for the hospital or other local charity. This book starts out when she got married and how knitting has always been in her life one way or another. The birth of a new baby she made a zigzag baby blanket from the wool she got from her honeymoon trip. The pattern is included. Next was to teach her daughter how to knit, but the daughter had a surprise for her. Other books and how they can relate to a knitter's struggle and triumphs. Playtime Cape is another project for the children. Many references to her mom and family in helping her with the knitting process when she started out. Very good tips if you read the book through. Very nice heart warming stories about what brings knitters together. A favorite knitter's chair is essential. Knitter to the rescue around and outside of the house. Precious memories. Loved the section on becoming a master knitter. I once wanted to and had started some swatching, not knowing what was all involved. I know I can do the work. I still do challenge myself by working with 000 needles for knitting period costumes for a settlement in the 1800's. Brings knitting into today's world of Lion Brand Yarn Co. site and also Ravalry. Glossary and how to make certain stitches is at the back of the book, very informative. Love the simple yet complex patterns for different items. Always like to test them out for myself and then I can give the item to the local nursing home for their Christmas bazaar. Love sections on charity knitting and for a cause as I've knit for several of those and many others. It's just plain fulfilling. Love how she got her daughters to become involved also so they can teach it to their children as well.
I have the paper version of this book. I LOVE it. It's so sweet, comforting, entertaining, funny... The patterns and recipes are both so good that I'm not sure if I should keep this book in my kitchen or with my knitting books.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I purchased it thinking that I would read a chapter here & there, but I found myself not wanting to put it down. I felt as though I had met someone who could become a close friend. Even the recipes and patterns are the "tried and true kind" one would share with a friend. This book is a small treasure to share.
This was one of the best knitting books i have ever read. The author makes you feel connected to her life and experiences with knitting while also giving you so much inspiration. A must read!