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.
©2014 Ann Hood (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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.
"Not an inspiring book for an experienced knitter"
Better choice of short stories. Better narration.
Would appeal to people who are beginning knitters.
Comforting, funny, thought provoking & just simply a good book. I never read a book about knitting. I didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I got it.
I fell in love with this book, very fun while I knitted up a sweater. I found the male reader though very irritating maybe it's just me but his voice really bothered me, other than that I loved the book!!
Laugh, cry and sigh and empathize. Sometimes all at once!...Ann Hood is the narrator of her collection of knitting writers and is excellent at her job of running the full gamut of emotions that crafters realize when they first start knitting, and after they've been knitting for years and years. I thought at first I wouldn't like this sorta anthology. I usually don't. But I was drawn in almost immediately by the stories and wanted to share this book with all the knitters I know. and they're a very diverse group, just like the writers in this book. I think you'll enjoy it!
"disappointing, the narration was aweful"
Different narrators would have made a huge difference
You could tell they didn't have any excitement or passion for what they were reading about.
I think the actual writing was fine but I couldn't stand the narrators so I quit listening.
Stories were mainly interesting, but many of them were VERY loosely connected to the theme.
"Knitting yarns is a fascinating view into the lives of authors."
This book has a variety of types of knitters and authors. It was really fun to listen to the craft of writing while also hearing the knitting story of each author. I have read many of these authors, so it was fun to hear their knitting success and failure, it made them seem like friends.
This book should be interesting to any knitter, and to readers who enjoy these authors, since many of the stories are autobiographical.
"I love to knit and so do these folks"
I enjoyed listening to the experiences of other knitters. It reminds me that I'm not the only one who finds nirvana when I knit.
"A knitters delight"
Having just picked up my needles again after a 6 year gap following the lose of my knitting mentor (my mum) I loved everything about these stories
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