If there's one thing I love doing as much as writing, designing and knitting, it's reading. I love getting lost in a good book, or even better, a series of books. My favorite genres are pretty specific: historical fiction, fantasy, mystery, and history. But I also like reading knitting books. While it is true that many knitting books are project heavy and literature light, there are a number of excellent knitting books to provide plenty for you to sink your reading teeth into.
So I thought I'd use the next few posts to highlight some of my favorite knitting books. I hope to hear your thoughts as well.
Today's offering is Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting edited by Ann Hood.
Let me start by saying that I'm not usually a big fan of short stories or memoir. But I thoroughly enjoyed the pieces in this book. There are 27 short story/memoir gems in this book, by authors such as Elizabeth Berg, John Dufresne, Sue Grafton, Barbara Kingsolver, Ann Patchett, and Anita Shreve to name just a few.
These stories illustrate just how "interwoven" knitting is in our culture. There are stories of sadness, stories of joy, stories of triumph and of disaster, stories of hope and of loss. Through these stories we begin to understand why so many writers are also knitters.
Knitting is a form of creation, just as writing is. In knitting, we struggle with stitches and patterns just as we struggle with passages in our writing. We rip out, we edit, we even stick that sweater we attempted on a shelf somewhere along with the first 50 pages of that novel we've been working on, letting them both see the light of day sometimes when the mood strikes.
Knitting Yarns, reveals that knitting is a metaphor for writing. It's a metaphor for life.