It’s not very often that a knitting book is a good read. Inspiring, beautiful, thought provoking, yes — all of those things. But a good read, almost never.
I know that Clara is an excellent writer because I’ve been reading her Knitter’s Review Newsletter every week for years, and have read all three of her books. But I wasn’t really expecting what happened with the Yarn Whisperer.
I sat in my chair and started reading and didn’t stop. Dinner time came and went, kids were ferried to sports and friends, and I put the book down when I absolutely had to, but started reading again the instant I could.
I read the entire book in an evening.I was utterly captivated by the book. It’s not about how knitting is funny or how it can change the world, but how it has been essential and ever present in one woman’s life. It’s a book filled with personal journeys, family reminiscences and, yes, knitting.
My favorite essays were the ones about family: her grandfather, her Aunt Judy, her grandmother’s farmhouse, I loved the stories and the truth where life and knitting meet. I enjoyed the essays that are about knitting too; those are the ones where I nodded along agreeing about bobbles and brioche stitch.
Over the years, Clara has grown into one of the most distinctive voices in our knitting culture, using knitting as metaphor and companion, and I am happy to be along for the ride. – JM
Thanks to Stewart, Tabori and Chang and Clara, we have three autographed copies to giveaway!
Regular contest rules: leave a comment on this post between now and midnight eastern time, Sunday September 15th. Three comments will be chosen at random to answer a skill testing question. If the commenter answers correctly they will win the signed book. If you have already won a prize from us in the past year, please do give other knitters a chance.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com