Knitting Yarns

Knitting Yarns

Writers on Knitting

Book - 2014
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Knitting Yarns explores what is so magical about knitting and how it can inspire joy and help us get through life-changing events. Knitting occupies an important a place in the hearts of a number of writers. Ann Hood has collected twenty-seven original essays by, among others, Anita Shreve, Elizabeth Berg, Ann Patchett and Barbara Kingsolver. They tell stories about how knitting healed, challenged or helped them to grow. Andre Dubus III tells how knitting a Christmas present for his blind aunt helped him knit an understanding with his girlfriend. Kaylie Jones finds the woman who cared for her as a child by using knitting to heal old wounds. Sue Grafton writes about her passion for knitting. With five original patterns created by Helen Bingham, Knitting Yarns will delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2014
Characteristics: viii, 294 p. ; 22 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780393239492
Call Number: 746.432 KNITTING YARNS


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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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