Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

by Ann Hood
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting

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 (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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393349870
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 141,692
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Ann Hood is the author of eleven books, including the best-selling novels The Book That Matters Most and The Knitting Circle, and the memoirs Comfort: A Journey Through Grief and Kitchen Yarns: Notes on Life, Love, and Food. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and New York City.

Table of Contents

Introduction Ann Hood 1

Knitting Pattern: "Banks" Fingerless Mittens Helen Bingham 6

The Pretend Knitter Elizabeth Berg 10

The Perfect Gift Lan Samantha Chang 16

Blood, Root, Knit, Purl Andre Dubus 23

To Knit a Knot, or Not: A Beginner's Yarn John Dufresne 35

Home Ec Hope Edelman 48

Knitting Pattern: "Bingham" Cabled Head Wrap Helen Bingham 61

Soft, Warm, and Fuzzy Janice Eidus 65

Looped Yarn Martha Frankel 70

Teaching a Child to Knit Sue Grafton 77

Knitting in Kathmandu Jessi Hempel 88

Ten Things I Learned from Knitting Ann Hood 98

Knitting Pattern: "Bowden" Coffee Cozies Helen Bingham 114

Judite Kaylie Jones 118

Where to Begin Barbara Kingsolver 127

The One-Year Marriage Jennifer Lauck 135

Knitting a Family Anne D. LeClaire 152

Knitting: Epic Fail Marianne Leone 159

I Bought This Pattern Book Last Spring Elinor Lipman 166

Knitting Pattern: "Ashworth" Ruffled Slipper Helen Bingham 171

The Supernatural Power of Knitting Alison Lurie 176

Straw into Gold Joyce Maynard 184

Failing Better Bernadette Murphy 194

How Knitting Saved My Life. Twice Ann Patchect 204

The Clothes Make the Dog Taylor M. Polites 211

Knitting Pattern: Clevis's Perfect-Fit Sweater Taylor M. Polices 223

High-Strung Knitter Elissa Scbappell 227

Knitted Goods: Notes from a Nervous Non-Knitter Elizabeth Searle 237

What Are You Making? Ann Shayne 246

Crafty Critters Suzanne Strempek Shea 255

Found Objects Anita Shreve 266

Why Bother? Jane Smiley 275

Knitting Pattern: "Fisher" Lacy Wrap Helen Bingham 284

Contributors 289

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