KnitLit: Sweaters and Their Stories…and Other Writing About Knitting

ISBN: 0609808249
ISBN 13: 9780609808245
By: Linda Roghaar Molly Wolf

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About this book

Whether you’re a dedicated knitter who bestows lovingly crafted gifts upon family and friends at every possible occasion, a sometimes knitter with a bag of fully conceived but half-completed projects, or a newcomer who has recently taken up the needles with great gusto, you know the rewards that this hobby can bring. You may also know that knitting as a hobby can verge on obsession—be it the compulsive purchasing of stunning hand-spun wool, the desire to rip out nearly finished sweaters because you dropped a stitch, or the need to knit wherever, whenever, or however you can. Most important, though, knitting offers a camaraderie, a society of women and men who converse in a language all their own, flock to yarn stores with religious devotion, and can recite the time and place where they first learned to purl. These feelings are what KnitLit is all about. In this charming collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections, knitters of every “color” celebrate their hobby and share with you the joy it brings into their lives.From the touching tale of a caring woman whose hand-knit dolls bring security to young hospital patients, to the hilarious story of a woman scorned who sends her ex-boyfriend a scarf knit with wolf hair only to have it torn to shreds by his dogs, to the moving recollection of a man whose grandmother’s dying wish was to knit all the wool in her knitting stash, to the finely wrought account of a man who keeps alive the memories of his companions and friends who have succumbed to AIDS by wearing the sweaters they left behind, KnitLit is a gift from knitters to knitters—crafted with as much love and care as an afghan or a wool scarf. Wrap yourself in KnitLit, and be inspired.

Reader's Thoughts

Rebecca

Lovely book full of stories about knitting, people who knit, farmers, and sweaters. Divided into 4 sections: Projects, Fleece, Fur and Foreign Lands, Family and Special Folk, and Lives and Souls the stories are short (1-6 pages longs) and easy to read. Great for reading a story or two before bedtime. If you like crafting, read stories about how it's impacted real lives.

Ingrid

I didn't realize that this book was mainly stories collected in New England. It was a nice surprise that I've been to some of the places mentioned here. Some of the stories are great, some pointless. Overall a pretty good read.

Alicia

Quirky short knitting stories. Some are hilarious, some are good, others not so much.

Margaret McCamant

Like any collection of essays, some are gems, some are eminently skippable. Since I like the topic, I'm enjoying many of them. Still, I'm happy to have bought it used, not at full price.

Becca R.G.

The stories aren't great, but I can relate to a lot of them. I should have just skipped the spirituality section--that kind of thing always annoys me.

Fangirl

Some of the stories in this collection were strange and others just plain boring. I gave this book away.

McKenzie

I really enjoyed a number of the stories in this collection, while others were too clearly a medium for the author in question to plug their own company or business. Then, towards the end of the collection, several of the stories strayed into a metaphysical/religious territory that I didn't appreciate. As much as I enjoy knitting, it will always be a craft, and not a lifestyle.

Sarah

Not worth reading. At all.

Diane

A series of short stories from knitters and those who love knitters. I found the stories to be uneven in quality with only one outstanding contribution - "After James Died" by Harry Kelly.

Pinkknitter

I picked up this book within the 1st 6 months of learning to knit. At the point in time, everything in my life had become all about the knitting. The short stories are interesting.

Holly

While only just having read a few of the short stories so far, I have been pleasantly surprised. I bought it at Half Price for 50 cents, on a whim. I'm enjoying it much more than I thought I would. I can relate to some of the knitting tales of woe and found solice knowing I'm not the only one with several half finished projects tucked away in the back of my closet!!

Knitology

A charming collection of stories, essays, anecdotes, and recollections, knitters of every “color” celebrate their hobby and share with you the joy it brings into their lives. From the touching tale of a caring woman whose hand-knit dolls bring security to young hospital patients, to the hilarious story of a woman scorned who sends her ex-boyfriend a scarf knit with wolf hair only to have it torn to shreds by his dogs, to the moving recollection of a man whose grandmother’s dying wish was to knit all the wool in her knitting stash, to the finely wrought account of a man who keeps alive the memories of his companions and friends who have succumbed to AIDS by wearing the sweaters they left behind, KnitLit is a gift from knitters to knitters—crafted with as much love and care as an afghan or a wool scarf.

Chade66

This book was a mixed bag, some stories really moved me or made me laugh and others didn't. Not as good as The Knitter's Gift, in my opinion, but it still had its moments.

Terri

Short essays on our mutual love for knitting. Fun to have around and pick up when you have a few minutes.

Josie

This was a good read. It had me tearing up, and outright crying ... sometimes in laughter.A book about others forays into the fiber arts.I recommend this for others who appreciate a tale of "good yarn". ;)

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