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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Patchy in places
The narrators, and some of the selection of stories. The narration was pretty dull, I thought, and some of the stories were unsatisfying.
A bit bland - they sounded bored in places, so not very inspiring to the listeners!
A mix of stories written by professional authors who also happen to be knitters, or want to be knitters, or are failed knitters, or who know knitters.
I listened to them all, except for the one where the author wrote about knitting clothes for his miniature dog. I couldn't quite bring myself to listen to that one...
The stories are a mix of enjoyable and pretty blah, to be honest. Not the writing so much as the content. A few of them have stuck with me, but it's not something I'll go back to. I found the readers a little dull as well, unfortunately, though in some cases that might have been down to the material.
I know the above sounds as though I hated the whole thing, which isn't true. It was just okay. I could have accidentally deleted it one day and I wouldn't have missed it. Which is probably the most damning review you can give a book.
- S. Merry