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A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter Kindle Edition
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It is a very readable memoir, I loved her passion for knitting, and applaud her determination to spend her life following her passions.
Rachel now writes novels that have a knitting theme and also works as a 911 telephone responder.
SHe also has a website[...]
I wanted to read this because my passion for knitting has been rekindled recently and am curious about how others view this brilliant craft. There is still some stigma about knitting being a "granny " thing but many younger women including this author have fallen in love with yarn. I am a granny but that doesn't mean my outlook is old-fashioned and I really enjoyed this memoir.
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Rachael Herron has written a great book about knitting and how it weaves into her life. There are 20 essays, all named for various needlework terms such as "casting on" and "double crochet". The titles are not what the essays are about, at least not in the traditional way of "I learned 3 different cast on techniques and here's how I use them" - the essay "Casting On" is about M's Herron's early life and her father.
M's Herron writes about love - romantic and otherwise. There's one on a failed relationship - one where M's Herron lost herself as well as the desire to knit. She writes of finding the love of her life - and deciding to knit her own wedding dress. And she also brings up "the boyfriend sweater curse". If you have this far into this review, you already know what the "curse" is but in case you need reminding it's when someone (usually a woman) makes something her boyfriend and after it's finished, the relationship unravels. Is it because of the sweater or not? I don't know but I have never made my love a sweater, just in case.
M's Herrons essays are brilliantly written, capturing what was going on in her life at the time of the essay. I wept as her mother was dying, remembering my own mother's death. I cheered when Digit came back and she managed to raise the money for the vet's fee. But most of all, I came to feel as if I had known her for quite some time. I feel as if I made a friend by reading this book.
And I will say this, something you can't always say about knitters books - she doesn't diss crocheting. She doesn't seem to have the same passion for crocheting as she does for knitting, but to each her own. There's no snarky comment about crocheters and that id a major plus for me.
If you knit, if you know M's Herron from her blog or other books she has written, definitely buy this book, it's great. If you're not familiar with M's Herron or her works, I still say buy this book. You will love getting to know her. So what I should say is "buy this book because it's a great read" and not worry about any qualifiers, because "A Life in Stitches" is a great read. It is one of the few knitcentric books I have read that I would recommend to my fellow chrocheters without hesitation. So what are waiting for - go get the book (and pick up some yarn on your way back - your hands will itch to create after reading this book).
So I picked up Herron's book with some trepidation.
From the very first chapter, she had me. She's a story teller, not a narcissist. Her essays revolve around other people and how she feels about them and how they add depth and value to her life. She writes about herself only in the context of the other people she loves. Her stories are engaging, and her writing style is so full of honesty and humor that you will be crying one minute and laughing the next.
I think my favorite chapter was "Basket Weave Stitch" where she writes about her cat Digit, and how she was humbled by a whole community of knitters who came together to help her care for him when he was in crisis. As you read her words, you feel her dismay at the outpouring of love that she feels she's not equal to.
Though knitting is the (eh-hem) thread that pulls the whole book together, I don't think you have to be a knitter to enjoy her writing. I say that with some uncertainty because I am a knitter, and I loved it.
I loved the story about how she fell in love when she wasn't really looking for it. Her stories about her mother made me a little weepy. The wonder of finding out that there were people just like you on the internet, that too, I identified with.
Parts of it made me laugh out loud and there were parts that I read to my daughter who is also a knitter. She laughed as hard as I did in the beginning with Rachel's story about her first sweater.
Memories of cats, yarn, love and loss. If you're a fan of her blog, Yarnagogo, you probably already ordered it. If you're a knitter who likes knitting memoirs, it's worth a read. If you like personal stories, it's a good one.
The trick to writing a good memoir or blog is to write every day things in a way that makes interesting and familiar. Rachel Herron does a wonderful job of that.
Knitting has been Rachael Herron's passion for many years, and has sustained her throughout many different experiences. Herron's book consists of several brief stories about various times in her life when knitting served as not only a form of comfort but also a way to mark time and experience.
I'm not a knitter at all, and I don't know the first thing about it besides the fact that you use some sticks and some yarn- I apologize to knitters everywhere for my crude and simplified description of a very involved art form, but I just wanted to make it clear that this book is *not* just for knitters or those that are interested in needlecraft. It's a quick and entertaining read for anyone that enjoys poignant, honest, and witty non-fiction.
I appreciated the brevity of the book- I don't have as much time to read and I was able to finish the book in a few short hours. I liked that I could dip in and out of the book and not have to remember endless characters and plot lines yet still feel emotionally connected to Herron and her experiences.
I highly recommend it.