Writers on Knitting
“In this lovely anthology, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, and other authors go public with their passion for knitting.”—People magazine, four stars
“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.
- 5.5 × 8.3 in
/ 304 pages
- Territory Rights: Worldwide
Endorsements & Reviews
“Ingenious. . . . Could it be that writers who knit are the cleverest
people in the world?” — Philadelphia Inquirer
“Otherwise normal-seeming writers come out as knitters in
the infinitely crafty Ann Hood’s anthology Knitting Yarns.
How hot is that?” — Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair
“A seamless collection of essays that explores the agony
and ecstasy of ‘knitting yarns’ on the needles as well as on
the page. . . . Knitting Yarns is a little community of its own
where its writers speak the language of knitters.” — Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Poignant, funny, and moving, Knitting Yarns is sure to delight knitting enthusiasts and lovers of literature alike.” — Bookreporter
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