“In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting.”People magazine, 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.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(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 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.