Book Review: A Knitter’s Home Companion

Author: Michelle Edwatds

Publisher: STC Craft/ A Melanie Felick Book, 2011

I’m a life-long knitter. My knitting has been a cozy companion since I was a young girl. I always enjoy meeting other knitters, seeing what they are knitting, checking out their yarn, and hearing their stories.

Yes, all knitters have stories. And, honestly, they’re always interesting. I especially love hearing about how people learn how to knit. Knitters can always recall some memorable project and their struggles with them. These shared stories create bonds between women who previously never knew each other.

The Knitter’s Home Companion is a new book that fits what I’m talking about. I was barely into this book and I felt like I already knew Michelle Edwards. She was talking about special yarn she bought on her honeymoon is Portugal, and how she chose to use that yarn to make a blanket for her first baby.

I loved when she talked about the year she committed to a project to knit 100 pairs of mittens – right when her three daughters were at the pinnancle of their teenaged angst. I remember those years when I too had three teenagers at home. I could identify with her when she said:

Teenagers are far more complicated than yarn. They are emotional. Illogical. At least that’s how it was at my house. I never felt I could find a clear path with them, but I knew how to work my way out of wooly entanglements.

And speaking of knitting 100 mittens, there’s another great story in here about the Mitten Ladies followed by a fantastic pattern for easy mittens. This is not a pattern book for knitted projects. It’s more like visiting with a knitting friend who is willing to share some of her favorite patterns.

There’s also a great story about how the author and a friend endeavored to copy a pair of pointy-toed slippers from India. They finally succeeded and the pattern is shared in the book. (see the picture above)

There are other great stories and knitting patterns in this book along with a few recipes. They are simple recipes. Again, they’re the kind shared among friends. I also like the quotes at the beginning of each chapter or section.

If you are a knitter or know a knitter, this would make a good gift to yourself or a friend. At 160 pages, it’s just right to slip into a knitting bag.


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12 Responses to Book Review: A Knitter’s Home Companion

  1. I admire talented folks like you who create and enjoy knitting. I’m would not have any time for reading if I took up a new hobby and I’d want all of the really expensive yarn as well.

  2. I’m not a knitter but most of my friends are. This sounds like a charming book.

  3. Barbara says:

    I am a knitter but because I’m a reader, I’m a very slow knitter. I’ve been working on a sweater for myself for about a year now! This does sound like a charming book.

  4. Tami says:

    I’m a life-long wanta-be knitter – but I’m really bad at it. Books like this always get me enthused to try again, so maybe I’ll seek this one out. Love her comparison of teenagers and knotted yarn!

  5. I am not a knitter, I wish I was but just can’t get the fingers to do it. But, my sister is a big time knitter (thanks goodness I get all my knitting need taken care of). I think I’m going to have to get her a little present. This sounds like something she’d love.

  6. Nikki-ann says:

    This sounds like the perfect book for my Mum (and it’s Mother’s Day soon here in the UK!). Great review, thanks 🙂

  7. This sounds just delightful!

  8. kaye says:

    Sounds like a delightful read. Not too long with some other elements besides knitting. Glad you enjoyed it.

  9. TheBookGirl says:

    I know someone for whom this book would be perfect! She is an avid knitter, and an avid reader…thanks so much for highlighting this one 🙂

  10. Annie says:

    This book seems to be a good one, and as I’m a knitter, I’d like to read it ! I’m always amazed to see how numerous books are written on crafts in the Unites-States. Nothing like this in France, I don’t know why . What a pity !

  11. Staci says:

    I would love to learn to knit. I tried to knit a few years ago and could only knit and purl!! I just need a patient teacher!:D

  12. I am not a knitter but when someone talking about knitting i find something interesting and try to understand what they are sharing to each other.Its a great art and saves enough money.

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