Sunday, January 10th, 2010 03:07 pm

From the cover:"Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales" brings to life the unique and universal experiences of knitters from a variety of backgrounds.

This exceptional collection combines lighthearted essays with more philosophical pieces from authors and experts such as Meg Swansen, Perri Klass, Lily Chin, Teva Durham, Lela Nargi, Susan Gordon Lydon, Suzyn Jackson, Amy Singer, Greta Cunningham, Laura Billings, Kay Dorn, Betty Christiansen, and Jennifer Hansen, who put down their needles long enough to share their thoughts and musings about the popular pastime.

In these entertaining yarns, the authors provide insight into the warmth and enjoyment of knitting and crocheting. Join one writer as she shares a poignant Sunday afternoon in March shearing sheep with her father; travel to Sant ’Arsenio, Italy, where women gather on their door steps to knit, crochet, embroider, and chat; laugh at one woman’s memories of learning to knit in an uncomfortable classroom chair beside a World War II vet named Max; and smile at the essays that delve into the psyche of the knitter.

If you live to knit, enjoy the companionship of other knitters, or appreciate the intricate handiwork of a handmade sweater, this is a must-read!

Thoughts: This book could have been called KnitLit Four-ever without ever changing in message or content. A compilation of knitting (and crocheting) stories is hardly original anymore. One of the editors of the KnitLit books actually had a story featured in this book.

But be that as it may, that doesn't mean that Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales wasn't enjoyable to read. If there's one thing I love about fibre arts, it's the willingness of others to tell their stories, their failures and triumphs, and to add one more loop to the fabric that binds us all together as crafters and artists.

For knitters, this is another book of inspirations from some of the big names in the knitting world, and while it doesn't provide as many varied tales as the KnitLit series, it was an enjoyable read nonetheless.