To Knit or Not to Knit

Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passionate Knitter

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About The Book

To Knit or Not to Knit is a unique Dear Abby/mini-knitting essay collection, offering humorous tales of triumph and terror on the needles, with a witty nod to the famous and infamous throughout history.

As Mrs. Wicks happily quotes everyone from William Shakespeare to Beatrix Potter, she adds her own wit and wisdom to answer a variety of questions on knitting ranging from, Is there a quick fix for dropped stitches? to My boyfriend says my passion for knitting is stronger than my passion for him—what should I do?

A number of Mrs. Wicks’ own patterns are sprinkled throughout, along with her sound advice for stitches dropped and love gone wrong. Ever the optimist, she advises her readers to pick up their needles, dust off their hearts, and cast on without looking back.

Knitter and non-knitters alike will enjoy this literary look at life lessons offered through a wooly lens, from Pablo Narudo’s poem “Ode to My Socks” (hand knit of course), to Ogden Nash’s witty words on the frustration of being married to a knitter,
To Knit or Not to Knit is a quirky, enjoyable read, making it the perfect gift for the passionate knitter and thoughtful reader alike.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Skyhorse (July 15, 2014)
  • Length: 160 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781629143040

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Raves and Reviews

"I whipped through the book quickly on my first read, but I expect it is the kind of book that I will dip into here and there, for a quick laugh or pick-me-up. (...) Overall, I found the book to be a charming addition to my knitting library, and recommend it with no hesitation." --Karen Greene, Through The Yarny Curtain

"Long gone are the days where knitting was as sure fire a way to send you to sleep as a cheeky Valium – just ask Elvira Woodruff. The children's book author has turned her attention to the wooly stuff. This collection of knitting-related essays and tongue-in-cheek answers to common casting-on problems, interspersed with real patterns, will put a wry smile on your face as your hands make magic with those needles." --My Daily UK

"I love this book! It is cleverly written in the voice of Mrs. Wicks who is like a Dear Abby for knitters. The format is that a knitter sends Mrs. Wicks a question. Mrs. Wicks aka Elvira answers the question with humour, honesty, and the wisdom of a long-time knitter." --Getting Stitched on the Farm with Kristen Nicholas

"It’s a great read and I think it would make the perfect gift for any avid knitter as there are tips galore and even patterns." --Lucinda Guy, Hand Knits & Things

"I whipped through the book quickly on my first read, but I expect it is the kind of book that I will dip into here and there, for a quick laugh or pick-me-up. (...) Overall, I found the book to be a charming addition to my knitting library, and recommend it with no hesitation." --Karen Greene, Through The Yarny Curtain

"Long gone are the days where knitting was as sure fire a way to send you to sleep as a cheeky Valium – just ask Elvira Woodruff. The children's book author has turned her attention to the wooly stuff. This collection of knitting-related essays and tongue-in-cheek answers to common casting-on problems, interspersed with real patterns, will put a wry smile on your face as your hands make magic with those needles." --My Daily UK

"I love this book! It is cleverly written in the voice of Mrs. Wicks who is like a Dear Abby for knitters. The format is that a knitter sends Mrs. Wicks a question. Mrs. Wicks aka Elvira answers the question with humour, honesty, and the wisdom of a long-time knitter." --Getting Stitched on the Farm with Kristen Nicholas

"It’s a great read and I think it would make the perfect gift for any avid knitter as there are tips galore and even patterns." --Lucinda Guy, Hand Knits & Things

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