A Knit­ter’s Home Com­pan­ion: A Heart­warm­ing Col­lec­tion of Sto­ries, Pat­terns, and Recipes

Michelle Edwards; Jen Gotch, photographs
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By – August 24, 2011
This endear­ing col­lec­tion of essays, pat­terns, and recipes was writ­ten and illus­trat­ed by mul­ti-tal­ent­ed Michelle Edwards, who writes, Knit­ting is a life. And because my knit­ting flows into what I draw and write, what I cook, and what I read, this illus­trat­ed gath­er­ing of sto­ries is con­nect­ed to recipes, pat­terns, and books. Let it keep you com­pa­ny when you need anoth­er knitter’s voice beside you.” For her recipes, Edwards chose beloved clas­sics meant for shar­ing — man­del bread, slow cook­er soup — and knit­ting projects meant for giv­ing — Zig Zag Baby Blan­ket, Quick and Easy Mit­tens. For Edwards, knit­ting and cook­ing are joy­ful oppor­tu­ni­ties to con­nect with friends, fam­i­ly, and com­mu­ni­ty. Her Jew­ish val­ues and upbring­ing per­me­ate the book, bring­ing to mind the Shab­bat song Eyshet Chay­il, sung in praise of the woman of val­or who seeks out wool and linen, and her hands work willingly.…the teach­ing of kind­ness is on her tongue.” Beyond Edwards’s instruc­tions and anec­dotes is a won­der­ful mes­sage about what is most impor­tant in life. Illus­tra­tions, pho­tos.

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Car­ol is the exec­u­tive edi­tor of Jew­ish Book Coun­cil. She joined the JBC as the edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World in 2003, short­ly after her son’s bar mitz­vah. Before hav­ing a fam­i­ly she held posi­tions as an edi­tor and copy­writer and is the author of two books on ten­nis and oth­er rac­quet sports. She is a native New York­er and a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia with a BA and MA in English.

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