It’s publication day for Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting! I have an essay in there, “What Are You Making?” It feels like six years ago that I sent that essay in. What a nice surprise to see it turn up all tidy and done. I am trying to identify the yarns on the cover but can’t. Especially stymied by that brown one with the weird twist to it.
I’ve just started to read these stories—I had a galley this summer, but somehow I kept not being in the same place that the galley was. So now I’m having fun reading some of my favorite writers writing about my favorite thing. There are so many quotable things in here that I give up: just read this book. It is giving me so much to think about, such windows into the lives of these writers. There is very funny stuff in here, and also some true heartbreak.
Included in the book are essays by:
Ann Hood curated this collection. She’s a prolific writer and teacher, most familiar to knitters as the author of Knitting Circle. Ann is a pied piper, and you want to be wherever she is. Frankly amazed a) that tough guy Andre Dubus III ever knit and b) she could get him to write about knitting. Many other surprising knitters in the mix. Even fellow Nashvillian/sometime scarfmaker Ann Patchett joined in.
OK, I can’t resist quoting Barbara Kingsolver, whose “Where to Begin” is maybe the dreamiest piece of writing about knitting I’ve ever read.
It starts with a craving to fill the long evening downslant. There will be whole wide days of watching winter drag her skirts cross the mud-yard from east to west, going nowhere. You will want to nail down all these wadded handfuls of time, to stick-pin them to the blocking board, frame them on a 24-stitch gauge. Ten to the inch, ten rows to the hour, straggling trellises of days held fast in the acreage of a shawl. Time by this means will be domesticated and cannot run away.
There are five patterns by Helen Bingham. I’m going to dive into her Fisher Lacy Wrap, which calls for worsted weight yarn. I can’t think of a time I’ve made a wrap out of fat yarn on size 10 needles. This could be revolutionary. I thought this was illegal.
To mark the occasion, here’s a contest. Because it’s a Monday, and we’re all kind of sleepy, enter by leaving a comment with whatever book you’re reading right now. Three winners will be drawn at random to receive a copy of Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting. Deadline is Tuesday, November 12, 6 pm CST.