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Pricked by a Pin! Struck by Lightning!

Dear Kay,
So I’m poking around amazon.com as I do when I’m not watching America’s Next Top Model, and I come across what surely is the review of the year. Get a load of this:

Words almost fail me. KnitLit the Third is so good, I’m handing it around to people who don’t even care about knitting. This book has stories written about the extraordinary in the ordinary; an adopted child from China, a magical encounter with a ruffed grouse, a mother, a daughter, the loss of children, finding oneself. The KnitLit series started out with an excellent first two volumes, but the third in the series is by far the finest.
This is writing that makes you gasp as if you were pricked by a pin or struck by lightning. Yes, knitting is the thread that links the stories together but it’s a lot more than that. If you admire good essay writing, you have to read this.

Right on, Joanna Daneman! Now THAT’S what I call a review.
OK, so I have a piece in KnitLit the Third: “In Which It Is Discovered That I Am Not Ann Patchett.” It’s not about my magical encounter with a ruffed grouse. But it does shed light on one of the great mysteries of the universe.
And hellyeah, we kick KnitLit One and KnitLit Too‘s sorry behinds.
Remember, if you buy it from a yarn shop, you get three extra free days in heaven for good behavior. Angel Hair Yarn Co. and Threaded Bliss Yarns are good places to start.




  1. My husband gave your piece FOUR STARS and a big smoochy thumbs up, Ann. And not just because I am a character in your story.
    I’m practicing how to act all nonchalant when people stop me on the street and say, ‘Are you THAT Kay Gardiner? The Kay Gardiner from KnitLit The Third We Spin More Yarns? From that fabulous piece by Ann Shayne (whoever the heck SHE is)?’
    “Why yes, I am as a matter of fact. Kay Gardiner–pleased to meet you. Is there anything you’d like me to sign?”
    Congrats babe! xox Kay

  2. Congratulations, Ann! I have a little piece in KL3, too (The Knitter’s Imperative). I’m excited, yet strangely afraid to see it in print. I think I’m intimidated by that fabulous review.

  3. Oh, and one more thing: Next time you’re fictionalizing me, would you make me a little thinner? Thanks. Kay

  4. congrats! and LOL at the close-up of your state fair winnin’s. am banned from entering any yarn and/or bookstore within a 100-km radius of my home, as of saturday… once the ban is lifted, that’s the first book i’m buying.

  5. Aw hell, Kay, you read that piece and you think, “Man, is that Kay Gardiner ever svelte.” There’s svelte all over you.
    Martha–that is so great! I haven’t even gotten my copy of the book yet, so I’ll be sure to dive in.
    I know that our favorite Yarn Harlot has a piece in the book–anybody else out there a contributor?

  6. I spotted your book in the wild (at my local book store) on Sunday, and loved your essay. Congratulations!

  7. Congrats, Ann! I will be buying mine later today- sheesh, I didn’t even know that there was a 1 & 2. Hope you feel better soon and if you see The Squirrel spit out an acorn with the face of the Virgin Mary on it, be sure to let us know.

  8. Congrats Ann! News of prize winnin’s from the state of TN and KL3 in the same post. And then to donate your winnings to charity. You do your fellow knitters proud.
    Kay- glad you like the boucle. I wonder if Martha has any boucle trees on her farm out in Bedford (which, coincidentally is only a mile or two down the road from a hockey rink we used to frequent!)? Speaking of Martha- this month’s mag sings the virtues of denim and, tho she doesn’t knit with it, she does have a very cute pattern for a rose pin made from frayed strips of blue jeans, a pin back, and few little stitches. Have you tried the cupcake hat? I made a “chocolate” hat with a big red pompom to donate to the husband’s work group auction and the whole room nearly died laughing when the husband’s boss (an Air Force colonel) modelled it. It is a quick knit (my daughter wants a pink one for her 5th b-day in 2 wks) except for those fiddly nubbles. Ann, I see now why your sister’s nubbled sweater languished for so long! Lastly, Kay did you notice that Rosa of Rio said that MDK was the inspiration for her log cabin squares?

  9. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I saw it “out in the wild” this weekend and quite literally sat down in the aisle and started perusing. Can’t wait for Mason-Dixon Knitting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Mine’s on order from Amazon as we speak! Can’t wait to read it!

  11. Woo-wee Ann, congratulations – can’t wait to read it – laughing about your state fair check and chipmunk stories – but I’m supposed to be cooking supper!

  12. Good for y’all! Can’t wait to spy that book in the wild myself.
    Dropped off my entries this morning for the Heart o’ Texas Fair and Rodeo here in Waco, Texas. Mighty slim entries in the knitting category, I’ve gotta say, unless there’s a busy knitter later in the day who enters a ton of stuff. So I might have a chance! I put in a Bed and Breakfast sweater in the “women’s pullover” category. A Wave and Shell shawl in “knitted wrap”. A pair of cotton toe up socks in, you guess right, “socks”. And a flared neck smoke ring in “any other.” Took home the felted bowl because you can only enter one piece in a category and I thought the smoke ring would do better in “any other” than it, being lacey and complicated and all, compared to felting which hides all sins. We’ll see what happens! Thanks for the Fair-Entering inspiration.


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