The Power of Knitting

Napoleoni L 2020, The Power of Knitting, Tarcher Perigee Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, New York

This book is an interesting mix of autobiography of a difficult time in the author’s life, knitting metaphors for life, knitting patterns and anecdotes about the role knitting has played in the author’s life and in the lives of those around her. Although it reads like a novel, her claims around the power of knitting are nonetheless referenced in a bibliography and notes at the end of the book. The author makes reference to how the tenacity of a knitter can be equally applied to approaching difficulties in life, and how knitting can be used as a long standing quiet and peaceful activism. Of particular interest to me is her mention of the community of knitting, how knitting reminds us there are others around us that share the same difficulties, and benefit from the physical and metaphorical comfort supplied by knitting. The author discusses the healing and calming nature of knitting that can ground one in the now and soothe the stress of everyday life. I extrapolate these thoughts to also be relevant to my quilting, another craft, that to my mind, carries with it similar emotional weight.

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