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Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales: A Knitter's Stash of Wit and Wisdom

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Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales brings to life the unique and universal experiences of knitters from a variety of backgrounds. This exceptional collection combines lighthearted essays with more philosophical pieces from authors and experts such as Meg Swansen, Perri Klass, Lily Chin, Teva Durham, Lela Nargi, Susan Gordon Lydon, Suzyn Jackson, Amy Singer, Greta Cunningham ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 25th 2005 by Voyageur Press (first published January 1st 2005)
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Jennifer
This was ok. Some stories better than others for sure. I didn't like the way this was seperated. The same person read most of the essays/stories in this for the most part (I believe the only exception was that Meg Swansen read her own work)and when an essay was finished she would rather seamlessly move into the introduction to the next story. I had a really hard time knowing when a story ended. It was a little irritating.

I really liked Lily Chin's story. So much of her personality came out in h
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Bibliotropic
Feb 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This book could have been called KnitLit Four-ever without ever changing in message or content. A compilation of knitting (and crocheting) stories is hardly original anymore. One of the editors of the KnitLit books actually had a story featured in this book.

But be that as it may, that doesn't mean that Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales wasn't enjoyable to read. If there's one thing I love about fibre arts, it's the willingness of others to tell their stories, their failures and triumphs, and to
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Lindsey
Mar 10, 2009 rated it liked it
Uh, how to put this?--my old stalker gave me this book. He came to the play I'm currently in and handed this book to me in the lobby, saying he'd gotten it at a sale. Who knows. Hey, thanks, dude. Better than the lingerie you left on my doorstep for my 21st birthday, am I right?

ANYWAY, I am reading this because I really love knitting and when I'm not knitting, I like to read about knitting. The quality of the essays in this book differ WIDELY; most of them are written by people who are clearly
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Diana
Sep 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: knitters
Recommended to Diana by: Lenore Bayne
As a knitter who writes and a writer who knits, i thoroughly enjoyed this collection of short essays loosely bound together by the theme of knitting. some real gems in there. can be appreciated by knitters and non-knitters alike. i will keep it on my bookshelf to loan to friends who knit.

What i learned from this book is that knitting, though a solitary activity, has universal themes, and that knitters the world over share many of the same experiences through their knitting.
Siobhan
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What I love about a book like this is that there will be a few tidbits here and there that make you curious. There were a few spots were I dog eared the pages to refer back to later to google! Touching in some essays while comedic in others. Reading what other women had to say about their personal experiences that overlapped with knitting gives me a deeper connection with other women and women throughout history.
Megan
Sep 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: knitting
My dad picked out this book for me and gave it to me for Christmas, I started reading one of the short stories right away. Unfortunately, I happened to pick "The Baby Blue Blankie" by Kay Dorn. Cue sobbing and crying on Christmas morning. My father was aghast and felt terrible. Some of these stories are much better than others but every time I see a lacy baby blanket I will always remember Kay Dorn's heartbreaking story about losing her grandson, Teddy.
Jan
May 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Who knew there were so many stories involving knitting? The same reader does them all on this CD; I wish they had used a few different people to read - the stories sometimes seem to blend together. Recommended only for those who do knitting, crocheting or other needlework.
Tevilla
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it
A book of short essays about knitting and crocheting. Some were more thoughtful and touching than others. A nice break from the other reading that I am doing and made me want to knit even more.

Recommended for knitters/crocheters.
Connie Marx
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
While I loved the esseys , I would have really liked seeing patterns with them. My favorite essey was the one about the stash. I have a stash that has grown through the years to a point I won't have to buy yarn for at least five years.... haha but I do anyway.
Margaret
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Some interesting stories but overall, this book just wasn't for me. Knitting is my de-stressor and I found it to be a little bit too serious with quite a few stories that were rather depressing.
Sandy Neal
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Delightful!
Brooke
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Mom mom gave this to me for Christmas shortly after I learned to knit. I finally read it a few years later, it's a quick easy read but not all that earth-shattering.
Danielle Bralley
Sep 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I laughed AND cried. Great collection of stories.
Sandy
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Entertaining essays about knitting.
Kara
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this collection, all the different perspectives on knitting. It's nice to see the community in knitting.
Mckinley
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: craft, non-fiction, essay, knit
Enjoyed some of these a great deal, others ok.
Jean
Oct 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Great little book to pick up and read one story at a time. Fun way to connect with other knitters and their stories, makes it worth giving up knitting time and still enjoy the world of knitters.
Molly
Apr 26, 2009 rated it liked it
A book of short essays about knitting and the importance of the craft in the authors' lives. A lot of the points they made hit home.
Angela Gill
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
AUDIO ----Listening to these essays as I walk and I don't walk every day! Some are interesting; others are repetitive. Not the greatest but ok to listen to while I walk.
Annie
Sep 20, 2011 added it
Shelves: knit-lit
Very fun, relaxing stories to knit to.
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