Women's Voices Writing Contest Winner

By Martha Gershun
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Rated by Helen H.
Dec 7, 2018

Johnson County Library and The Writers Place are pleased to announce that Martha Gershun has won the essay category of our writing contest on the theme of WOMEN'S VOICES with "Channeling Marjorie".

Martha Gershun recently retired as Executive Director from Jackson County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). Her first book, "Care & Custody: A Novel of 3 Children at Risk," was published in June. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, SELF Magazine, Kveller, and the Kansas City Star.

Channeling Marjorie

There is something deeply intimate about knitting with another woman’s yarn

Knit Yourself Calm: a Creative Path to Managing Stress

By Lynne Rowe

Rated by Library Staff (not verified)
Aug 24, 2018

Knit Yourself Calm is perfect for beginning knitters. It has clear instructions with a concise list of all the materials you need.

Betsan Corkhill, a healthcare professional that has been working with people and helping them relieve stress through knitting and crocheting since 2005, writes the forward. 

The first pattern, introduced by knitter Lynne Rowe who is also interested in the therapy of knitting and crocheting, is simple and useful as a washcloth. Like several of the projects, this one is quick and easy, making it portable enough to take with you when you have to go wait somewhere

Knitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World

By Clara Parkes
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Rated by Sarah As
Aug 25, 2016

Let me begin this recommendation with a caveat: you probably need to be at least a little bit interested in knitting to enjoy Knitlandia. Or have an interest in traveling . . . to knitting related destinations. Clara Parkes, author of The Yarn Whisperer and several other books on knitting, returns to delight us with stories of her knitting adventures to both domestic and foreign locations. A couple of my favorites are "Romancing the Loons" – about the Squam art workshops in New Hampshire and "Cloudburst Over Paris" – learning that the owner of a unique yarn store in Paris (that I have

Dec 27, 2010

Being a knitter, the title Sweater Quest My Year of Knitting Dangerously called to me.  Then when I got into the book I found it very entertaining.  It was a factual story about a woman who said  she had a bumper sticker that says " I knit so I don't kill people".  I want one of those. Knitting is a relaxing repetitive hobby that allows you to create at the same time

In the book Sweater Quest My year of knitting dangerously Adrienne tells us about having post partem depression that was only stopped by knitting.

The sweater she is questing after is one that the pattern is no longer in print

Aug 31, 2010

This spiral book is very easy to use and turning pages for quick referencing for viewers. I am a total beginner by the way! What is so great about the Complete Knitting Techniques & Projects -it gives 25 splendid colorful examples and they are presented beautifully throughout the pages. I really like the step by step instructions, list equipment types for basic techniques, fabrics, decorative techniques, finishing, correcting mistakes, accessories, babies/children, and a stitch library. Another plus is the aftercare for your fabulous darling handmade sweaters, baby blankets, hats, mittens