Barbara Kingsolver describes shearing a sheep for yarn. Ann Patchett traces her life through her knitting, writing about the scarf that knits together the women she's loved and lost. Elizabeth Berg tells us about her frustration at failing to knit, while knitting a Christmas gift for his blind aunt helped Andre Dubus III knit an understanding with his girlfriend. Ann Hood introduces this collection of essays by 27 extraordinary writers for whom knitting has been transformative: "They share their knitting triumphs and disasters as well as their life triumphs and disasters.... These essays will break your heart. They will have you laughing out loud." The book also includes a half-dozen original knitting patterns by Helen Bingham.
"The focus of the text is on the act of knitting and the feelings evoked rather than the finished product ... [and] invites the reader to curl up with a book or with knitting and be transported to a world of healing, peace, and calm. These are deeply personal stories ranging from true and heartbreaking (Martha Frankel attempting to keep her friend from joining a cult through knitting), to the honest and humorous (finger knitting being even more relaxing than knitting because you can drink your martini while finger knitting). This book makes you want to start knitting or resurrect an old knitting project."—Booklist