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Knitting Yarns

Writers on Knitting
Narrated by: Ann Hood, Sam Adrain
Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
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Summary

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.

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Patchy in places

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrators, and some of the selection of stories. The narration was pretty dull, I thought, and some of the stories were unsatisfying.

What didn’t you like about Ann Hood and Sam Adrain ’s performance?

A bit bland - they sounded bored in places, so not very inspiring to the listeners!

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Indigo
  • 30-01-14

Love it!!!!

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.

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  • Amylynn McDevitt
  • 23-01-15

Great book!

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!!

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  • Diane Mora
  • 20-10-19

For knitters only

Serious knitters will love this. Non-knitters will be perplexed by why such a book was even written.

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  • J. Yuri Young
  • 26-03-19

Awful narration, ho hum stories

I am a passionate knitter. I love knitting and I knit every day. I am also a passionate reader, and read or listen to books every day. You would think this would be the perfect book for me. Unfortunately the male narrator was so poor I felt like I was stuck in a really bad spoken word event, where everything is given equal emphasis (way too much) and all the sentences end by going up in pitch. It was a horrible pairing with authors who write extreme run on and stream of consciousness sentences. The writing was too avant-garde, with poor story structure - you can only pull this off if you are really really good, which these writers were not (at least the ones in the beginning because I couldn't get very far in the book). I should have found the story by Barbara Kingsolver before I returned it, but I didn't have the heart. The female narrator was mildly better, but still so monotonous overall that I couldn't really tell one story from another, they were all read in the same way. I had mixed feelings about posting this negative review, but I rely on reviews to guide me in my book choices and felt I owed it to other readers to share my experience in case anyone might find it useful.

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  • Sharese L Williams
  • 02-06-18

great book<br />

loved this book. I have a long commute and the short stories were perfect for the distance I drove. highly recommend

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  • Elizabeth
  • 28-05-18

Can't wait to share with my family

I love being able to listen to a book about knitting while knitting. And so many of the stories evoke memories of my own. I can't wait to share this book with my mom and sister.

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  • Leslie Chisholm
  • 06-02-18

So very Depressing

I could not even get halfway through this book. The book drips of death stories and how loss drove people to knit. I just cannot find solace or enjoyment in this topic. This is not what knitting is to me, albeit I know that knitting is healing and good for those going through pain of any kind but I don't want to listen to an entire book about cancer treatments and illness. Just depressing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-10-17

so sweet

This book is so enjoyable. The authors really bear their souls and it's so fun to listen to their differences and similarities. I'm a young knitter, and I so enjoyed and appreciated the essays written by older women about knitting in war time and about knitting because they had to, not because it was a hobby. If you appreciate the solidarity of crafters and the community of yarn horders you'll love this book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-08-17

inspirational!

As a fairly new knitter, the stories were encouraging, enlightening and inspirational! The types of yarn, the levels of knitting; everything was great!

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  • porsburn
  • 02-05-16

Fantastic read

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!