Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

Knitting Pearls: Writers Writing About Knitting

by Ann Hood (Editor)


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“Engaging . . . tangled stories of family relationships, expectations and traditions . . . compelling, regardless of the reader’s experience with the craft.”—Portland Press Herald

In Knitting Pearls, two dozen writers write about the transformative and healing powers of knitting. Lily King remembers the year her family lived in Italy, and a knitted hat that helped her daughter adjust to her new home. Laura Lippman explores how converting to Judaism changed not only Christmas but also her mother’s gift of a knitted stocking. Jodi Picoult remembers her grandmother and how through knitting she felt that everlasting love. And Bill Roorbach remembers his freshman year in college when knitting soothed his broken heart and helped him fall in love again. Other contributors include Steve Almond, Ann Leary, Christina Baker Kline, Lee Woodruff, and knitting rock stars Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed and the Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parks. With knitting patterns from renowned stores such as Purl Soho, Hill Country Weavers, and Churchmouse Yarns, Knitting Pearls is by turns delightful and heartbreaking, joyous and wise. These personal stories by award-winning writers celebrate the moments of loss and love intertwined in the rhythm, ritual, and pleasure of knitting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393353259
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 651,628
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eight previous books, including the best-selling memoir Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ann Hood 11

Pattern: Classic Cuffed Hat Purl Soho New York, NY 17

Clothes for the Living Steve Almond 21

Knitting Took Me Halfway Round the World Anne Bartlett 26

Unraveling Cynthia Chinelly 36

Casting Off a Spell Melissa Coleman 41

Big Maroon Sweater Michael Collier 47

Pattern: Paintbrush Lace Cowl Hill Country Weavers Austin, TX 60

The Unravelers Stephanie Mannatt Danler 65

Handmade at Home Jared Flood 76

Wool Nick Fljnn 83

Why, Yes-I Can Knit My Way Out of a Wet Paper Bag… Diana Gabaldon 91

The Red Vest Debra Gwartney 99

Pattern: Cheery Seed Stitch Tea Cozy Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Bainbridge Island, WA 109

What Happened in Scotland Jane Hamilton 113

My Mother-in-Law, Her Knitting, and Me Cathi Hanauer 120

The Italian Hat Lily King 131

The Museum of the Lady with Only One Neck Perri Klass 142

How We Spend Our Days Christina Baker Kline 156

Pattern: Chimes Cowl Loop Philadelphia, PA 161

On Knitting Ann Leary 163

The Dinosaur Sweater Caroline Leavitt 169

The Thirty-First Stocking Laura Lippman 178

Positive Capability Maile Meloy 186

Knit Your Bit Stewart O'Nan 192

Pattern: Stonehaven Stole and Scarf The Yarnery Saint Paul, MN 196

An Open Letter to All My Unfinished Projects Clara Parkes 198

Why I Don't Knit Jodi Picoult 203

Creation Myth Robin Romm 210

Sarah with an H Bill Roorbach 218

Pattern: Rivulet Cowl Knit Purl Portland, OR 229

Just This Dani Shapiro 231

Ema's Lessons Samantha van Leer 235

The Santa Stocking Lee Woodruff 240

The Art of Losing Ann Hood 247

Contributors' Notes 253

About Our Knitting Stores 261

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