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  • knitting1105 10:22 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Knitting Fiction 

    First off, I would like to thank Erin Fanning for a great series of guest posts on this blog.   I encourage everyone to read her new Novella, Blood Stitches.  If you missed the posts, you can catch them here, here, here and here!  And Erin has started a new Facebook page for everyone interested in Fiction with a knitting component.  I just joined!

    https://www.facebook.com/knittingfiction

    How timely, as our SnB has decided to become a book club as well, reading books with a knitting component, have knitting in them, or written by a knitter.  We are starting by reading The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.  Barbara Kingsolver is a knitter herself.

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    I have not gotten very far into the book yet, and knitting is apparently a small part of this book.  But we do have Barbara Kingsolver to thank for our group name Stitch ‘n Bitch, from the book Animal Dreams, which will be coming up soon as a part of our SnB literary component.  We need to understand the origin of our name, it was one of my favorite books, and I look forward to reading it again.

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    And of course, Blood Stitches will be coming up as well as a knitting good read.

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    How fun to combine literature and knitting!  What is your favorite book that incorporates knitting into it?

     
  • Erin 8:00 am on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Knitting Memories Into Yarn 

    Afghan

    Afghan for my niece… almost finished!

    The second guest post from author and knitter Erin Fanning.

     

    “Did you finish it?” my nephew Jonah asked me.

    No further explanation was necessary. I knew what he wanted; he’d been asking the same question for months.

    This time, though, instead of saying, “No, not yet,” I nodded and beckoned for him to follow me outside to my truck, where I dipped into the backseat and pulled out a red-white-and-blue knitted afghan.

    Jonah, excitement flitting across his face, wrapped it around his shoulders and swooped back inside, as quick as Superman, to show the afghan to the rest of his family.

    My nephew Max, standing nearby, asked, “Will you make me one too?”

    I hesitated. It had taken me more than a year to knit Jonah’s afghan, and I was ready to move on to smaller projects. But how could I say no to Max’s request, his expression so serious and voice tentative?

    “Of course,” I said, “What colors would you like?”

    Soon another red-white-and blue afghan clung to my circular needles. The choice of colors reflected Max and Jonah’s shared love for American history, as well as Jonah’s interest in super heroes. Next came a blue afghan for my niece Kadance, the yarn perfect for an outdoorsy girl with energy as expansive and boundless as the sky.

    In a sense, the blankets act as mirrors, a slice of my nieces’ and nephews’ personalities, perhaps even a form of storytelling, an approach to knitting I borrowed from my novella, Blood Stitches. In an early version of the book, the main character, Gabby, snuggles next to Abuela, grandmother in Spanish, as she knits. Together they interpret the yarn: green reflects the color of Gabby’s eyes, and specks of pink become tulips dotting a field. Gabby eventually learns that Abuela’s knitting has a deeper meaning with magical results.

    On a smaller scale, it’s an idea that can add a touch of magic to anyone’s knitting, from beginners to experts, making each project unique and memorable and, particularly for children, a way to engage the imagination.

    I hope one day my nieces and nephews will understand that the afghans I knit are reflections of them, our shared experiences woven together, memories, I pray, they’ll keep forever.

     
  • Erin 10:13 am on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Interview with Erin Fanning 

    I am pleased to welcome Erin Fanning as my first guest blogger on this site!  Erin is the author of a new novel, Blood Stitches.  Erin will be posting once a week for the next few weeks talking about her work.

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    When did you start knitting?

    I began knitting about eight years ago, after wanting to for years but thinking I wasn’t crafty enough to learn.

    What drew you to knit and what is your favorite thing to knit?

    My grandmother was an expert at needlework, and I always admired her ability. One of my greatest regrets is not taking her up on her offer to teach me how to knit and crochet, but school, activities, and insecurity about my lack of artistic ability got in the way. However, I finally forged ahead, and now my main knitting projects are blankets for my many, many nieces and nephews.

    When did you start writing?

    I’ve been writing forever: poetry when I was in elementary school and journalism in high school and college. From there, I branched out into magazines, primarily outdoor writing, including a mountain biking guidebook, then moved on to short stories and nature essays.

    What genre do you prefer to write in?

    My story ideas seem to gravitate toward young adult fantasy.

    AuthorPhotoFanningErinWhat is your favorite type of book?  Your favorite book?

    I love a literary mystery, but, as I get older, I find myself reading more and more nonfiction. Although, my favorite book of all time is Persuasion by Jane Austen, so I guess I would say that I just love to read.

    What made you decide to combine knitting and writing?

    Around the time I was learning how to knit, I read about an elderly woman, caught in an earthquake, who kept herself calm by knitting until she was rescued. From there, my imagination took over, and I envisioned someone with the magical ability to create a natural disaster through their knitting.

    Give a brief synopsis of your new book:  Blood Stitches.

    Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

    “It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

    Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.”

     
    • Erin 3:39 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for hosting me!

      Like

    • Erin 3:41 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Reblogged this on Erin Fanning and commented:

      I’m moonlighting for the next few weeks over at “Knitting before Knitting was Cool”–a wonderful blog for all things knitting.

      Like

    • musingrunner 6:48 pm on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Can’t wait to read, thanks for putting this on my radar.

      Like

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