A collection of poignant essays about the transformative power of knitting by twenty-seven extraordinary writers.
"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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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.
This is a great book.
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.