Knitting Yarns

Knitting Yarns

Writers on Knitting

Book - 2014
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A collection of essays about the transformative power of knitting from 27 contemporary authors, including Ann Patchett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Dufresne, and Joyce Maynard.
Publisher: New York :, W.W. Norton & Company,, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780393239492
0393239497
Characteristics: viii, 294 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Hood, Ann 1956-

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marinabistrin
Jul 24, 2017

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

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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.

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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.

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JCLRachelSH
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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