About the book: The rhythm of knitting brings peace and joy to life. Knitters love to share stories, skills and even their stashes of elegant yarn. And they love finding new outlets for their talents.
Knitting can't feed the hungry, fight crime, or stop global warming, but a hand-knit sweater warms a cold child. A cozy scar eases a homeless night. A tiny hat comforts a new baby's head. A lovely prayer shawl wraps a worried patient in peace.
Through inspiring stories and gentle encouragement, Knit with Love, reveals the many ways you can, with your own two hands, bring joy and comfort to those around you.
My thoughts: This was a nice easy read for me this week. It is filled with stories of how others use their knitting to bring themselves peace, or try to add a little peace to the world around them. It is also great for inspiration and encouragement.
Of course, I also found it frustrating this week, as I just purchased some yarn to make blocks with my soon-to-be granddaughter's name on them (project picked out by my daughter) and then have to limit things I do with my eyes! I am definitely not one of those knitters who don't have to look at their work. I wanted to make her a blanket, but she is already getting one from MY mom, so she wanted me to do something different. She set off for Hobby Lobby tonight and I told her to look for some more yarn for a blanket anyway. So as you can see, this book is urging me to knit!
Really though, what I think I liked best about it were all the stories, both big and small, in which people used their knitting to reach out to others. It gave me tons of ideas for places to look where I might be able to help out, even in a little way. And the ton of websites that are listed is wonderful! I think I especially like the woman who said to take a little time to think about the end recipient. Don't send crazy hats to people in a war zone where they might become targets - or teddy bears to children in Africa, but maybe a different kind of animal toy. And the idea of praying for the recipient as you stitch it is pretty neat too.
If you know a knitter, or are a knitter, I think you would enjoy taking a look at this book. If you are a wannabe knitter, this just might be the thing to push you over the ledge! Take a chance!
Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my review.~
Knit with Love: Stories to Warm a Knitter's Heart
Publisher/Publication Date: Revell, Oct 2011