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Knitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Togetherby Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
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Synopses & Reviews
The immensely popular knitalong — an organized event where people knit together for a common goal — has only grown with the explosion of the Internet. Yesterday's wartime Red Cross sock drives have evolved into today's meet-ups at locales as diverse as cafes, state fairs, and major league ballparks, as well as international online gatherings; in fact, at any given time tens of thousands of people worldwide are involved in knitalongs, organized around a particular yarn, a favorite social cause, an intriguing project, a special event, or myriad other themes.
Authors Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown present an inspiring look at centuries of people knitting together, and why knitters find the interaction so meaningful and worthwhile. Along the way, they offer 20 projects especially suited for different types of knitalongs. The Barn Raising Quilt and the Traveling Scarf, for instance, call on individual knitters to collaborate on a single project; while the Pinwheel Blanket and the Meathead Hat encourage a community of knitters to improvise on the same pattern to come up with a variety of results. Also included is essential information about finding, joining, and starting knitalongs.
Hundreds of knitters participated in the knitalongs hosted by the authors as part of their research, and this book will inspire thousands more to get involved in the knitalong movement. The only book that celebrates this tradition of community and purpose, Knitalong is sure to have a powerful impact.
A Knitterand#8217;s Home Companion is an illustrated collection of stories, patterns, and recipes from beloved knitter and essayist Michelle Edwards. This heartwarming title will appeal to knitters interested in not only stitches, yarn, and patterns, but also in the lives of other knitters, the lessons that can be learned from their craft, the ways knitting helps knitters cope during difficult times, and theand#160;role of knitting in family life.and#160;and#8220;Let [this book] keep you company when you need another knitterand#8217;s voice beside you,and#8221; Edwards writes in her introduction.and#8220;This is a charming and utterly alluring book that makes you want to cook and knit and have a little chat about the kids. I love Michelle Edwardsand#8217; drawings, and the design of the book is an artwork in itself. This is a book you want to buy for yourself, and maybe to give to a few close friends, as well.and#8221; Jane Smiley, Author of many novels and knitter of many sweatersand#160;
Like a good friend, A Knitterand#8217;s Home Companion will inspire readers to laugh, cry, remember, be thoughtful,and#160;cook, and, of course, pick up their needlesand#8212;sometimes to soothe, sometimes to celebrate, and sometimes to just pass the time. Divided into four chaptersand#8212;Motherhood, Home, Community, and Legacyand#8212;stories range from and#8220;But She Doesnand#8217;t Have Any Underpants,and#8221; about the challenges of knitting for family to and#8220;Home Ec Workshopand#160;and the Mystery of the Indian Slipper,and#8221; about finding community at a local yarn shop. Projects range from mittens and socks to a baby blanket and afghan.
Praise for A Knitter's Home Companion:
"This charming book is like reading a letter from your best friend . . . The recipes, beautiful drawings, anecdotes, and helpful hints on every aspect of our favorite craft . . . will bring a smile to your face and a comfort to your soul."and#160;
- Love of Knitting
"These reflections on knitting will resonate with knitters of all stripes. Charming stories supplemented by delightful patterns and recipes open a window to a knitter's inner life . . . From here, straight through to the end of the book you will feel a personal connection to this author who knits to celebrate, soothe and pass the time."and#160;
and#8220;A cozy and charming collection of essays about the joys of knitting and#8212;complete with lovely patterns and yummy recipesand#8212;to leave you feeling warm and inspired.and#8221; Kate Jacobs, Author of Friday Night Knitting Club series and Comfort Foodand#160;
and#8220;Michelle Edwardsand#8217; writing remind me of a simpler time when I grew up in a small town where family was the center of everything. When I read her stories, I think about the legacy I am leaving to my daughter by teaching her the craft that I love so much and what a treasure a handmade gift really is. Beyond the delightful and heartwarming stories, the patterns, and the recipes is a wonderful message about what is really most important in life.and#8221; Vanna Whiteand#160;
"It was Edwards' love of knitting and her desire to find a nurturing community that led to her newest book, A Knitter's Home Companion, which is a love song that she's written to knitting and the process of forming a community around her lifelong passion of shaping strands of wool into hats, scarves, sweaters, socks, mittens, and even egg warmers."
About the Author
Larissa Brown is a writer and fiber artist whose artwork has been featured in Fiberarts and Knit.1 magazines and exhibited in New York, Seattle, Boston, and her hometown of Portland, Oregon. See her art at larissabrown.net and read her blog at larissmix.typepad.
Martin John Brown is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in MAKE, Sierra, Air & Space/Smithsonian, and American Spirit. Together Larissa and Martin wrote the business book Demystifying Grant Seeking.
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