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Tales from the Knitting Path Hardcover – 24 Oct 2003

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The author relates her love of knitting and shares interviews with knitters throughout the country that offer diverse reasons for practicing the craft.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By C. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The author did a good job of interviewing knitters from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, knitting experience and locales. I enjoyed the many anecdotes of the knitters she spoke to - there was a good variety. Enjoyable reading.
The thing I liked best was learning of other knitting resources and websites - as well as feeling like I was having coffee/tea and a comfy chat with each knitter who presented themselves via essay.
My only concern with the book was that the author herself had very little knitting experience. At the time of the writing, she had only been knitting for less than two years. That would be okay, except that she kept inserting her own personal knitting "story" in between the stories of others - and the fact is, she didn't seem to enjoy the knitting experience herself. After one frustrating attempt to knit socks, she mostly knit just swatches of various stitches and described her ongoing frustration and even boredom with knitting. It almost seemed as if this was a journalist/writer in need of a writing project - and she turned to her new-found knitting hobby as a source of something to write about. I would have enjoyed the book even more if she'd expressed some level of satisfaction or joy with the knitting process itself.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
NOT very satisfying overall 29 Dec 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a previous reviewer noted, Nargi weaves (knits?) her personal knitting story in with the stories of other knitters. This wouldn't be so bad, except she doesn't even like knitting. It's as if she felt like she Should be a knitter, and she just doesn't get knitting. Instead of celebrating the stories of people who love knitting, she drags us through her swatch fetish. Also, most of the stories are of knitters in the Northeast and in California. The stories were good, for the most part, but I was very disappointed that Nargi's major focus is on other urban knitters. Your grandmother isn't the only one who knits anymore, but neither is knitting the sole purview of hip urban artists. The book would have been better with more stories of other knitters, and far less of Nargi's personal story.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I loved this book! 13 Sep 2005
By runnergirl27 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I just started knitting recently and I am already addicted.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading all of the stories about how each person started knitting and how much they love it.

I loved this book. I disagree with the other reviewers that did not enjoy it; however, since I am a new knitter I could not see what they saw in the book. Maybe this book is more for new knitters to appreciate--since experienced knitters are set in their ways and will see all the flaws (which I did not see any).
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Interesting Piece of what brought people into Knitting 29 April 2005
By Knitty Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I really like this book as a glimpse into why some people started knitting. It's interesting to see what different catalyst triggered the "want" to learn. Now, this is not a How-to by any means. It's just a glimpse into different communities of knitters and if you take it as such, I think you'll enjoy it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love this book 18 Feb 2007
By B. Edinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found this in the 'sale' aisle of my yarn store and I haven't put it down. It has great reference material i.e. Knitters Review, which is free and I signed on to get via email. I also loved the fact that it was down-to-earth. This is not a how-to book. It's a compilation of many people from many walks of life just talking about their love of knitting and how they got to that point. I even liked that the author was very 'new' to this experience as I am. My take-away is that I will make more swatches (which I tend to hate doing) so I can put them together for a fabulous reminder of what I have learned. And look up the many references that were given.
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