Knitting the Threads of Time-Book Review
Knitting the Threads of Time by Nora Murphy was a phenomenal book. I was really surprised by how involved I got into it. I’m generally a quick reader as it is, but when I love a book I can read it in a day or so. But with this one, I took my time, not because it was bad, but because it was so good I just wanted to absorb it all as much as I could! The details and storytelling pull you in so thoroughly that you don’t want to stop reading. And being a knitter myself, I understood everything she talked about and that made it all the more enjoyable.
The story is about the author knitting a sweater for her son for the very first time and while knitting she remembers, learns and adds the history of knitting right into her knitting. I believe intent in your art, whether it be knitting, painting or whatever creative thing you do in your life, makes a big difference to the person who receives it. The knitting history included in this book is beyond informative as she reminds the reader of what knitting was like in older times, including how they worked with the wool and other items and how they used it in ways we take for granted by just going and buying a wool sweater, socks or a blanket.
The generations and generations before us were and still are teachers and such a rich example of their unique cultures. Those who have been knitting for longer than us are likewise teachers and valuable sources of inspiration. The author tells us not to be afraid of asking and learning from these wonderful people. Her ancestors play a big part in her ongoing journey as well. We all know that feeling of wanting to give up on a project out of frustration or not quite understanding what to do next. But, while reading this and her accomplishments as she is knitting the sweater, it makes you remember that just adding “one more row” will eventually get you to where you want or need to be.
If I had to say one bad thing it would be that her going from her knitting and then to historical writings. And just so you know there are no patterns in this. It is more her view on her struggles of knitting and what she learned as she did it.
I can’t say enough about this book except it is going on my re-read shelf because there’s so much in this book to take in, I know a second read through will be just as valuable and enjoyable as the first. I loved this book and I highly recommend it to any knitter looking to experience those things we take for granted. By the end of this book, the author’s triumphs end up being ours too!