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So I knit. And I think about knitting. I think about those who knit before me. The lore of knitting and the lure of knitting. It is all about how I knit in my life and what knitting means to me.

Knitting in Books

I read. Not as often as I knit, which might be slightly embarrassing, but it is my reality.

Lately it seems that so many books I read have knitting referenced in them. I love this and am passing it along!

My children love to see pictures of knitting in the books they read. Perhaps it makes it seem rather normal that their mother walks around waving two sharp sticks. Who knows?

But knitting in my reading? Are there any losers here? 

  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

    Okay, so  I didn't dig this book. At. All. But still, I read it and perhaps the fact that she mentioned her life unravelling like someone pulling on a single piece of yarn from a knit sweater is a bit of a stretch. But I'm gonna take it. I have to. If I don't it means I read this book for nothing.

    But now that I think about it, I think that whole thing was from State of Wonder. Crap. I hate it when I read too much to remember where it was that I read what I read.

  • The Book of Vice: Very Naughty Things (and How to Do Them)

    So a couple of years ago, I went to the Poetry Center of Chicago's 'No Love for Love' Anti-Valentine's Day reading series. I was lucky enough to chat with the wonderfully funny Mr. Peter Sagal of 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' fame.

    Naturally, our conversation turned to knitting, whereby I told him of my never-ending cataloging of books in which knitting is referenced.

    That clever little man wrote an inscription to me in the book he signed, thereby qualifying his book for inclusion in my list:

    To Jackie - I expect you to figure out a way to knit while reading this.

  • When You Are Engulfed in Flames

    It is so true: I took very quickly to knitting, in much the same way David Sedaris (and I imagine many other individuals, who I'll not name), took to marijuana and cigarettes. My hands are indeed, "at one with their labor," when knitting.

  • Knitty Kitty

    This Mama cat makes sure that her three little kittens are warm, cozy and toasty - even when they adorn the snowman with her homemade scarf, hat and mittens. 

  • How to Shit in the Woods, 3rd Edition: An Environmentally Sound Approach to a Lost Art

    I shit you not.  There is knitting in this book. I was as surprised as anyone to see it there. But, the reference to it rings quite true: Usually when I have to shit, I put down my knitting needles and go to the bathroom in my house.  If I'm in the woods, I probably won't do that.  I mean, I will put down my knitting, but I probably won't walk all the way back to my house. I'll probably just take some of the other advice offered up in the book.

  • Way Out in the Desert

    Who would have thought that while on a relaxing getaway weekend in Sedona, Arizona, I would find a lovely little book for my kids about the desert? Did you know that spiders not only spin webs, they knit as well?

    It figures.

    Of course the busiest little creature on the face of the planet, with all her millions of children, and web-spinning, and fly-eating finds time to knit. 

  • The Mitten

    This book is so beautiful and warm. I love reading it to my children. I always feel like I have given them a gift by reading them this book. And I always wish that I had a pair of magical mittens like the little boy in this story.

    The amazing thing about this book, story and illustrations is that I believe they completely capture the feelings my children have when they realize I have knit something just for them. 

  • The Lorax (Classic Seuss)

    Of course, who could forget that it is the knitting of Sneeds, which everyone, everyone, everyone needs which brings down the Heffela trees?

    Funny, I am sure there are plenty of things about knitting that are in fact bad for our world, but I always just think of it as making our world a smaller place.  I feel like I am connecting to the past when I am knitting and getting a little of the junk from today out of my life.

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends 30th Anniversary Edition: Poems and Drawings

    Who knew that all those years that I was reading these poems there would be one which I would find ever so interesting as a grown-up reading these to my own little buggers?

    Go ahead, drag that yellowed and dusty book off of some shelf somewhere and check out Vegematic Lyrics! I mean, wouldn't it be wonderful if we did have a needle that would knit or crotchet? Imagine how much easier finishing could be! 

  • Angelina Ballerina

    Angelina loves to dance...right into her mother's sewing basket which houses her knitting needles. Ouch!

  • Henry's Amazing Machine

    Henry indeed has built an amazing machine.  It is a good thing his mother has her knitting to keep calm once she is forced to sleep in a tree house in the back yard!

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)

    Mrs. Weasley is a prolific knitter and though she has enchanted needles, she does not produce "perfect" garments. She is able to give Harry something he has never experienced before: a gift from the heart.

  • Little House in the Big Woods 75th Anniversary Edition (Little House)

    All the women knit in this book. But Laura is most surprised by knitting that Mary, her older sister, is able to secretly work on for a Christmas gift.