A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter

A Life in Stitches: Knitting My Way through Love, Loss, and Laughter

by Rachael Herron

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In these 20 heartfelt essays, Rachael Herron celebrated romance novelist by day, 911 dispatcher by night, and founder of the hugely popular blog Yarnagogo.com shows how when life unravels there s always a way to knit it back together again, many times into something even better. Honest, funny, and full of warmth, Herron s tales, each inspired by something she knit or something knit for her, will speak to anyone who has ever picked up a pair of needles. From her very first sweater (a hilarious disaster, to say the least) to the yellow afghan that caused a breakup (and, ultimately, a breakthrough), every piece has a moving story behind it. This beautifully crafted and candid collection is perfect for the knitter who loves to read and the reader who loves to knit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452109978
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 07/22/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 17,168
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of the novel The Ones Who Matter Most (named an Editor's Pick by Library Journal), as well as more than twenty other novels and memoirs. Her latest non-fiction is Fast-Draft Your Memoir: Write Your Life Story in 45 Hours. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland and she teaches writing in the extension programs at both UC Berkeley and Stanford.

Table of Contents

Foreword Clara Parkes 8

Introduction 12

Casting On 15

Slip Knot 21

Wrap and Turn 28

Backstitch 35

Double Crochet 41

Circular Knitting 47

Pick Up and Knit 52

Whipstitch 59

Tree of Life 65

Knit Two Together 71

Basket Weave Stitch 77

Stockinette Stitch 84

Maidens and Flyers 90

Duplicate Stitch 96

Blanket Stitch 102

Chain Stitch 108

Negative Ease 114

Join in the Round 122

Drafting Triangle 129

Repeat to End 135

Yarnagogo's Easy Cabled Hot-Water Bottle Cozy 142

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Life in Stitches 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Knitnana More than 1 year ago
Key admission: I'm a knitter, so I *get* from where the author writes. But even if you don't knit, this is a poignant memoir. Ms. Herron has made the sorts of mistakes we all make in coming into ourselves, and has learned from them, especially that mistakes are often not the sorts of things cast in stone. In knitting you can frog or tink (unknit), in writing you can edit, and in life, you can say you're sorry, and try to work it out. I cried for the loss of her mom, I cried over her kitty, Digit's loss and re-found. And through it all, I nodded over the community we knitter's have made for ourselves, local and worldwide thru the web. Nodded and smiled. Read this. You'll be a better person for it. (Then make sure you pick up her novels...they're all really good and a lot of fun! She's got an easy, breezy style.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book of personal essays based on Herron's life. Very thought provoking. I bought 2 copies so I could give one away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a knitter, so I relate. But even a non knitter would enjoy this book. Fast read and highly enjoyable.
saliTX More than 1 year ago
This book was a treat! Although I ususally don't like essays or short stories, this book allowed me a quick break from all 3 of the "heavy duty" books I am currently slogging through. Just a quick break, a change of pace. I could identify as a knitter with most of the stories Rachael Herron has "essayed" about in this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started out liking the book, but when the writer (female), a quarter of the way through, started writing about liking men and women and dating women, I was turned off. Not interested any longer. I want my money back!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very surprised how much I enjoyed these short stories with the thread of knitting as a focal point. Will read more by Rachael.
SassyGrandma More than 1 year ago
If you like books that are a fun read and include the "knitting community", this one is for you. A quick fun read that reads as a biography with a little bit about knitting included. Loved the knitting instructions at the back of the book! Will definitely read another book by this author!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of us who love to "play with sticks and string," these essays say it all. While my personal life experiences are quite different from those of Ms Herron, we share a common bond in our love of yarn. To quote Elizabeth Zimmerman: "Knit on, with hope and confidence, through all..."
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a memoir of essays, each one focusing on a different piece of knitting. Herron has knit ever since she was five years old. Knitting helped her through the good times and bad, and through it she is able to return to her true self when she goes off track. In this book she tells her life story through her knitting.If that sounds like a cliché, don¿t worry ¿ this book is not an overly sappy memoir. It¿s a very balanced read ¿ with laughter, tears, memories, and knitting blended together like a beautiful sweater. This book is delightful, and will be enjoyed by anyone who loves knitting, crocheting, or any kind of crafting. Reading this book will send you running for your crafting supplies.(I received this book through Amazon's Vine Program.)
Carolee888 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved,loved,loved this book. Ok,I love to knit but this book is not so much about knitting as about a knitter. The author, Rachel Herron does weave in bits about knitting and things that she has knitted because after all, she is a knitter. If you are a knitter, you can probably can look at a finished project and remember what was happening when you knitted it. That's what the author does and that's what I do too. I can look at a scarf and know that I knitted it sitting beside my husband's bed while he was in IUC for a week. Into that scarf, I knit fears, tears and finally relief. This book is like that. Rachel Herron gets into subjects that are common to knitters, like struggling with a very difficult pattern and then when it is finished, it still doesn't work. But she says "Oh, crap, how can I make a better one next time". That is the mark of a true knitter, don't give up, think of improvements. The author mixes in her romantic life and well as stories about her mother and how difficult it was to have her mother tell her about herself. She delves into knitter lore like "never knit a sweater for a boyrfriend or you will lose him. She also knits love blankets. For me that was a surprise, I have knitted several myself and have given them to friends and relative before a moved away from them. One of my friends crocheted a blanket for me. There is nothing in the world like a love blanket when you are missing the people who knit it. You can wrap it around you and feel the warmth, enjoy the design and feel their love knitted right into it. The pretty little book fits together like a well made sweather with patterns and pictures woven in. It is a book that you will want to hug! I recommend it to all knitters and those who love people! I received this book from the Amazon Vine program but that in no way influenced my review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book was humorous and engaging, but somewhere about half way through it changed. The last half was self indulgent. The author obviously thought very highly of herself. I however, archived the rest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you have ever read her blog, yarn a go go, you'll know that her life can be all over the place. In this book you can learn some of the deeper stories of her past that are all connected by yarn. Amazing, funny, frustrating, and turbalant, Rachael is a woman that loves life and love itself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a knitter, so I doubly loved this book. This book is so readable. I love that the titles of each chapter are named for a knitting stitch. As others have mention, you don't have to knit to love this book. Rachel is very forth coming about explaining her life. I want to read more of Rachel's books.
1stgradeteacher More than 1 year ago
This was my first dip into the ebook realm. What a wonderful set of essays! I am a crafter so I find such delight in reading stories that weave a story with a passion. I read this in one day! I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed the fabric of this story! I then started following Rachael's blog and her adventures in Venice, Italy, a place I had recently visited.
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nrsenoey More than 1 year ago
This book made me want to pick up my needles and hooks and get created
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very uplifting book. Got me through a stressful time in my personal life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried several times to read this and couldn't get through the first few pages.
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ECH52 More than 1 year ago
Ms. Herron beautifully knits a fascinating life story.
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