Knitting Pearls

Writers Writing About Knitting
Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
4 out of 5 stars (28 ratings)

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The rhythm, ritual, and pleasure of knitting are celebrated in this new collection for lovers of both knitting and literature. In Knitting Pearls, two dozen writers write about the transformative and healing powers of knitting. Lily King remembers the year her family lived in Italy, and a knitted hat that helped her daughter adjust to her new home. Laura Lippman explores how converting to Judaism changed not only Christmas but also her mother's gift of a knitted stocking. Jodi Picoult remembers her grandmother and how through knitting she felt that everlasting love. And Bill Roorbach remembers his freshman year in college when knitting soothed his broken heart and helped him fall in love again. Other contributors include Steve Almond, Ann Leary, Christina Baker Kline, Lee Woodruff, and knitting rock stars Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed and the Yarn Whisperer, Clara Parks. With knitting patterns from renowned stores such as Purl Soho, Hill Country Weavers, and Churchmouse Yarns, Knitting Pearls is by turns delightful and heartbreaking, joyous and wise. These personal stories by award-winning writers celebrate the moments of loss and love intertwined in the rhythm, ritual, and pleasure of knitting.

©2016 Ann Hood (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Oh dear.

Oh dear, what to say. I'm not a touchy-feeling knitter or reader, and I have to stop buying knitting books that in the end are about how knitting is like life, or how knitting gets you through it, or how knitting is warm and fuzzy. If you like these sorts of books, you'll appreciate this one.

One obvious problem: it is a waste of time for Audible to read us the 4 knitting patterns in the book. Why not give them to us as a pdf rather than reading them?

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Remember most of these writers are not knitters.

Once I realized that re essays were from Writers, not Knitters I enjoyed it more than I did at first. Knitting as metaphor, not actual knitting was many authors' point.

Many tortuous moments were spent listening to the narrator reading a knitting pattern. I skipped the rest.

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The reader's voice is too smug.

I found myself annoyed in the introduction at the smug tone of the narrator that just didn't match what she was reading. Ugh.

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Please, just end it

The narrator was not playing to her strengths. She spoke and stopped, her rhythm was bad.

The writers are not knitters. The knitters are not writers. Or something.

The read patterns were terrible.

This should have never been put into an Audible format-- these pieces should be at most put into a blog.
And never spoken about again.

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  • Tracey Craig
  • 08-16-17

Literally a book about knitting!

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

When I purchased this book I didn't realise that it was going to include knitting patterns. This should have been made clearer as I hoped to hear more anecdotes and knitting tales not patterns read aloud. Disappointed.

Has Knitting Pearls put you off other books in this genre?

Yes

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  • 11-21-16

Lovely!

I really enjoyed listening to this while knitting a tricky jumper for a friend's daughter. There were funny yarns, excuse the pun, and sad ones too. The narrator's voice was like chocolate with cream and marshmallows.

I was sad when it ended. Buy it and listen while you knit. Heaven.

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  • M. P. Adam
  • 02-12-17

Too much advertising!!

As a British 'reader' I really struggled to finish this book. Also, constant American advertising!

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  • cleanfairy
  • 11-17-16

Loved this audiobook

Would you listen to Knitting Pearls again? Why?

I loved this book. The stories in it were great and the narrators did a great job with each individual story. There were about 5 knitting patterns which were read out which I didnt enjoy but they were easy to skip through. Im going to purchase knitting yarns next.