Worth the Candle
Our yarn-bombed storefront welcomed the creators of Extra Yarn to Hicklebee’s on Tuesday. Writer Mac Barnett and illustrator Jon Klassen have given us the story of young knitter Annabelle - a girl whose generous nature and love of craft guarantee that everything in her world gets sweetly embellished.
Annabelle never runs out of yarn, and Worth the Candle never tires of stories that contain knitting. Here are some more books with knitting. They'll delight young readers at various ages - and knitters of any vintage.
In this wordless picture book, Sheep monitors the growth of his fleece and then hops on his moped to run the errands that will transform his wool into a thoughtful present.
A story too charming to be confined to December, this picture book explores how the best gift-giving suits its recipients. Little Rabbit coaches Mother Rabbit on how to knit perfect gifts for a variety of woodland friends.
A Rapunzel-like princess receives a basket of red yarn and a mysterious injunction to knit what she needs. A story for children about how creativity empowers, and a fable for parents who are tempted to overprotect...their children.
Erratic family circumstances have wound Cal Lavendar tighter than any tween should be. When The Knitting Lady becomes her foster parent, Cal is exposed to much new wisdom, including how handwork can soothe a troubled heart. The setting of this middle-grade novel isn't spelled out, but it's a town much like Santa Cruz.
A beautifully photographed (by Michael Crouser) homage to knitting mentors. The book is a concoction of sweet essays, lovely new patterns that echo the knitting of the past, and family snapshots that elicit little sighs of pleasant recognition.