Knitting Yarns

Knitting Yarns

Writers on Knitting

Book - 2014 | First Edition
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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.”χρ“«»ʹωAnn 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.
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, ©2014
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780393239492
Branch Call Number: 746.432 K749KY 2014
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hood, Ann 1956-


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Jul 24, 2017

A wonderful book - lots of writers' personal stories involving knitting.

May 29, 2015

Our knitting group read some of the yarns aloud as we knit our projects. Delightful yarns - varying as balls of yarn can be. I don't suggest you sit and read them all in one sitting, rather space them out; or jump into the middle of the book to chose a yarn. These are short yarns/essays/stories by various authors or famous knitters with varying results. Delightful.

July 2015 - this is the third time picking up this book. Yes, it is best read in fits and spurts. Pick it up now and then for some delightful knitting yarns. Good to read aloud, or just sit in the shade while taking a break.

JCLHebahA Sep 15, 2014

I really wanted to love this book, but perhaps my expectations were too high going into it. Essays on knitting can be entertaining, poignant, and hilarious, as blogger/author Stephanie Pearl McPhee ("The Yarn Harlot") has demonstrated, but this collection is largely bland and uninspiring, with the essays blurring together and feeling largely redundant.

Dec 19, 2013

This is a fun collection of short stories and essays by some heavy-hitting writers. The collection is organized alphabetically by author's last name, although I think organizing it a different way could have been more interesting and given the book a better flow.

I LOVED several -- Andre Dubus III's "Blood, Root, Knit, Purl" and Barbara Kingsolver's "Where to Begin?" are especially and awesomely extraordinary -- but many of the others blur together into cliche territory, the two biggest culprits being "I learned to knit from my so-and-so" and "knitting is hard and I'm not very good at it, but I'm still a knitting wannabe."

This would probably be a good collection to dip into here and there, but all together it was a little too much knitting even for me. I started skipping around by the end; maybe I'll go back to it again someday and dip into some of the other stories.


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