Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft

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New World Library, Sep 7, 2010 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 208 pages
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In an era of global warming, war, escalating expenses, declining income, and drugs and violence in schools, many mothers feel they have little control over their families or their worlds. Nora Murphy eloquently demonstrates that many women do control one tiny thing: their next stitch. While tracing the frustrations and joys of knitting a sweater for her son through the course of one cold, dark Minnesota winter, Murphy eloquently brings to life the traditions and cultures of women from many backgrounds, including Hmong, American Indian, Mexican, African, and Irish. Murphy’s personal stories — about her struggles to understand esoteric knitting patterns, her help from the shaman of the knit shop, and her challenges sticking with an often vexing project — will appeal to knitters as well as everyone else who has labored to create something from scratch.

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Knitting is as old as the world but as new as a little sweater with flames running up the sleeves.I also made this flame sweater for my grandson. He loved it so much that I made another one when he ... Read full review


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Nora Murphy is a freelance writer who specializes in writing for community-based nonprofit organizations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. She is the author of several children’s history books and a coauthor of Twelve Branches, a collection of short stories that was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award (Coffee House Press, 2003). Her essays have appeared in numerous journals, including St. Paul Almanac and Minnesota History. She holds an MFA degree in writing from Hamline University and received a Blacklock Nature Sanctuary Writing Fellowship in 2006 from the Jerome Foundation. Murphy is a writer-in-residence with COMPAS Writers and Artists in the Schools serving Minnesota schools. She is currently working on a book about the cross-cultural impact of the European conquest of Native lands, with a focus on her Irish Potato Famine ancestors’ homestead in central Minnesota. A novice knitter, she lives in St. Paul with her family.

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