I saw this post about why knitting books are really about more than just the patterns over at Donna Druchunas’s blog and wanted to share. I pretty much agree with everything she said, and couldn’t have put it better myself.
Here’s a taste to whet your appetite.
What makes a knitting book great? It reaches beyond the genre of crafts, just like great food books reach beyond the genre of cooking. Over the past decade or so, the food genre has gone nuclear with “foodie” books in the genres of memoir, travel, and history making the beset seller lists and winning awards. And, at least for the ones I’ve read, the accolades have been well deserved. The writing is thought provoking, with beautiful prose and inspiring stories. And they’re being read by everyone, not just chefs or homemakers.
I believe the same thing can happen with books about needlework, and specifically about knitting.
Now, go read the whole thing! And don’t skip the recommendations…