Reviewer Rating:
4

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From the sinister patterns of tricoteuse Madame Defarge to the whimsy and caprice of today’s yarn bombings, knitting has long been a part of our culture.  The 21st century has seen a resurgence of this ancient craft worldwide.  Bestselling book author Ann Hood is editor of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting.  In this collection, some prizewinning and bestselling writers including Barbara Kingsolver, Elizabeth Berg, Ann Patchett, Ann Hood, and twenty-three others share their learning-to-knit lessons and lessons learned from knitting.  Elinor Lipman chose to write a poem and Helen Bingham contributed five original patterns for the anthology.
Whether the outcome of their effort yields a glorious gift or a failure of epic proportions, these stories show knitting as an avenue to connect with others.  Something about knitting with its heartbeat rhythm of clicking needles and the duet of knit and purl is meditative and restorative.
Sometimes sad, sometimes funny, these honest and edifying essays have a wide appeal.  Those inspired to pick up some needles and begin a project may find further shared patterns and knitting stories from the online knitting social group mentioned in Hood’s introduction, Ravelry.com.

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