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That may have been the original concept but in fact the majority of the writers are failed knitters. That is disappointing for someone who is a knitter AND a reader.
Also, I expected the writers to be names I knew, but in fact many were unknown to me, and a couple brand new, just published writers. One common narrative that I disliked was a constant reference to knitting gran I expected that in this book which features "writers" writing about knitting, that most or all would be writers who KNIT.
One common narrative that I disliked was a constant reference to knitting grandmothers who knit things that most of the children and grandchildren didn't appreciate. There were some references to loving memories of these women but too many of the other references fit the stereotypes of knitting that most knitters constantly hear and try to counter with examples of gorgeous knitting.
The stories of failed knitters were abundant and at time tedious, despite the talent of the authors. Despite these criticisms, there were a number of gems in the collection.
Anita Shreve and Barbara Kingsolver are each skilled and ardent knitters. Kingsolver applied her fantastic narrative skills to her selection "Where to Begin". I also enjoyed Taylor's account of living year round in Provincetown, a "gay haven" which changes dramatically post-season.
Local knitters gather during the winter and include some year round gay residents, Portuguese grandmothers, punks, church ladies, and just about anyone who knits. I bumped this up from 3 to 4 stars because I did enjoy it despite some disappointment.
The writing was high quality and what knitter and reader can resist a good knitting story. Memoirs are one of those things that can either be really great, or be collection of 'I guess you had to be there' stories that are probably really great to people in the know not being a knitter, I'm not in the know at ALL but aren't that interesting to people who don I was admittedly a little nervous when this book showed up in the mail I won it through a Goodreads giveaway and I found out that I'd somehow managed to miss the fact that it was a memoir instead of fiction like I had thought.
Memoirs are one of those things that can either be really great, or be collection of 'I guess you had to be there' stories that are probably really great to people in the know not being a knitter, I'm not in the know at ALL but aren't that interesting to people who don't know what's going on.
Thankfully this book worked out to be the former rather than the later, and I enjoyed it overall. Some of the stories were really sweet, some were sad, some were fun, and there only worked out to be one that I really, really didn't like.
I kinda had to force myself to get through that one. Like most of the other reviewers here, this book made me want to get out the needles I may not know how to knit, but I seem to have dozens of knitting needles around here and see what I could do. I do like a book that inspires creativity.
I quit reading her books years ago because her proselytizing annoys me. In her essay in this book, it is her turgid, dense, and unnecessarily obtuse language that annoys me.
Essays I particularly enjoyed: Ann Hood's "ten things i learned from knitting," particularly the section on knitting groups pp.
I too find great pleasure and support in knitting groups. Suzanne I rarely give a book 4 stars, but I enjoyed this collection of essays that much - except for the one by Barbara Kingsolver.
Suzanne Strempek Shea's "crafty critters" - she talks about getting lost in the process of knitting. Makes me think of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's Flow: Jane Smiley's "why bother" made me laugh out loud I love when that happens.The other books of essays were from people who are either amateurs, or make their living at knitting.
Basically knitters writing about their knitting lives. This one is from people who make their living at writing. Writers writing about their knitting lives. My favorite entry was Taylor M. Polites story about knitting for his chihuahua/5. Knitting pearls, writers writing about knitting by Hood_ Ann 27 writers who write and knit and their stories.
6 patterns are included. Stories of loss and love and how knitting helped them survive through it all. Most memorable is the one where she cleans out her mothers apartment since /5.
Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting by Ann Hood “In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting.”—People magazine, four stars/5(4). Knitting pearls, writers writing about knitting by Hood_ Ann 27 writers who write and knit and their stories.
6 patterns are included.
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In Knitting Pearls, two dozen writers write about the transformative and healing powers of knitting. Lily King remembers the year her family lived in Italy, and a knitted hat that helped her daughter adjust to Author: Ann Hood.