I met Pearl Mattenson when we both wrote for (now defunct) Carrie + Danielle. Though we still haven’t met “in person,” we’ve been internet buddies ever since. When I saw her profiled on Fear.Less (go read it, it’s awesome) recently, I had to drop her a congratulatory note. We got to chatting and turns out we were both working on book projects.
Pearl is a leadership and relationship coach, with all this training and years of experience, so I was waiting with bated breath to see what she’d think of my book, which is a lot more about relationships than it is about tulle and bows. Just the other day, she posted this on Amazon:
A “meaningful” gift to couples… [5 stars]
Suzyn is a talented writer with a down home sense of humor so I knew I would laugh. (I did). I also knew she was wise beyond her years and I would learn from this book. (I did). What I had not realized is that even without the years of training I have put in, she gets relationships and how to create meaning- in her bones. What I love about this book is that it gets at the core of what is important.
Suzyn gets right to the point- It is not about the magazine driven mayhem that wedding planning has become. It is about you and your partner. It is about building a life and setting the tone for how that life together will begin. The book is content rich AND a workbook. And because the questions Suzyn asks are so fundamental and important- it is more than a workbook. It becomes a repository for your (you & your partner’s) most heartfelt dreams and closely held values.
The beautiful cover ensures this will be a keepsake that stays with the wedding album and will be pored over for years to come.
I think I’ve read this 50 times since she posted it – I’m completely blown away and so so honored!
Stay tuned for my review of Pearl’s book, Conversations for Making Moments Matter. It’s fantastic.
Every so often, I decide that I love a blog enough that I will read the complete archives. I did it with Mimi Smartypants, and I did it with Miss Minimalist, and I’d do it for WhiteHotTruth if I hadn’t been reading her from the get-go. These days I’m working my way through the copious archives of the Yarn Harlot, aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. I’m up to 2004, which is about the time that I had an article published in Knitty. This one.
So I’m reading along, enjoying her harlotry, when she casually mentions that a new Knitty is up, and how good the articles are. And then comes the thunderbolt:
The one about colour should be required reading, and the advice given in the short row shoulder one is pretty darned good too.
Yah – that’s my article. I had to click the link to be sure.
“Required reading!” Can you believe it?? Stephanie Pearl-McPhee! I mean, she’s brilliant and she’s funny and she has the best name in the world, and… she liked my article.
Pardon me while I grin for a very long time.
And… six years late… Thank you, Stephanie!
I have no idea how I missed this up ’til now, but Knit It Together made the Kelley’s Picks page of KnitPicks!
“I love knitting with other people. I love knitting in public. I love teaching people to knit. I love exploring new techniques with friends. Basically, I’m a social creature and my choice of craft reflects my personality and lifestyle. In Knit It Together, Suzyn Jackson has collected stories of the history of knitting circles, tips for starting your own, stories about the community that knitting circles provide, and a collection of patterns designed to be completed as a group.” Kelley Petkun, Owner
Thank you, Kelley!
The winter issue of Petite Purls has just gone up – it’s a fantastic issue, and it has a review of Knit It Together in it! (Scroll to the bottom of the page.)
This appeared in the UK publication Simply Knitting, back in September:
Annie Modesitt is a brilliant designer and teacher, and she liked the book!! I’m so thrilled.
“Imagine my joy when I ran across this little tidbit at the back of Suzyn Jackson’s very user friendly volume, “Cheating: When Gauges Don’t Match” in the seaming & finishing portion of the book.
Since several of the patterns in this book involve sewing together pieces made by different knitters in dissimilar yarns, you’re going to have to deal with variations in gauge.
I loved this. I love that someone GETS that things in knitting are NOT perfect, automatic, exact – that just the nature of using our hands, individual needles and one-of-a-kind yarns almost guarantees that there will be subtle changes and shifts in gauge as we work through a project.”
I’m sorry I didn’t mention any of her fabulous books as resources – I’ll make it up to you, Annie!
First of all, I want to point you to a really lovely review by Hannah Six, of KnitSix: “For those of us who, when we aren’t knitting, love reading about knitting, this book is a delight, offering many hours of happy page-flipping. And if you’re searching for the perfect group project — or something new to make on your own — you’ll probably find it here. In fact, this book may be the ultimate bedtime reading for yarn junkies, promising peaceful dreams of projects and possibilities.” She included pictures of some of her favorite projects–see the whole thing here.
Also, the book got a mention in this examiner article by Dindy Yokel: “Suzyn Jackson’s new book, Knit it Together: Patterns and Inspiration for Knitting Circles, is the how-to guide for attending and creating a knitting group.”
What a lovely surprise! Stephanie of And She Knits Too! gave the book a wonderful review. “Knit it Together moves beyond being a book of patterns with some text bookends, it is also a practical resource for those wanting to join or start a knitting circle. And it is a lovely collection of stories about knitting communities and the joys of knitting as a collective act. … What I liked most about this book was how much I warmed up to it as I read it. It surprised me and it was a pleasure to read.”
Go read the whole thing!
The reviews are appearing…
Deb at Knittingscholar says: “[T]his book is a winner. I can’t really think of a reason to knit with friends that’s not covered. Socializing, charity, politics, art … they’re all there, and they’re all interesting.”
Steph at Craftside says: “This book is such a great mix of living and knitting.” She also has a few pages of the book posted.
Well, here’s a lovely way to start my new site… a nice review. Ms. Alyse Wax called my essay, KnitSurfing the Subway “particularly amusing.” How perceptive of her!