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Start Them Early with Children’s Books Featuring Yarncrafts

August 1st, 2011

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Earlier this summer, I was on vacation and I stumbled upon an adorable looking children’s book called Mischief in the Forest: a yarn yarn in a bookstore. Obviously, as a yarncrafter, I had to flip through it. It was a wonderful story about a grandmother, her woodland neighbors, and what happens to her yarn while she was out of town visiting her grandkids. It seemed like a wonderful way to help your kids (or grandkids, nieces, nephews, etc.) to appreciate the wonderful world of yarncrafts–I say get them while they’re young, so that they become yarncrafters later on!–so I began to wonder what other books feature knitting, crocheting, and yarn?

Well, it turns out quite a few, according to a quick search online! Here are just a few that I thought were cute (highlighted text will take you to the books’ pages on Amazon):

Woolbur
The story of a unique sheep who marches to the beat of his own drummer (and spins his own fleece!), this charming book is all about being yourself (and maybe spinning, dyeing, and knitting your own yarn on the way).

Knitting Nell
Nell is a little girl who just loves to knit, and wants to do it just about everywhere. She may be shy, but she lets her creative voice shine through her hats, scarves, mittens, and more.

That Darn Yarn!
Two stories in one, this book follows the journey of a sock-monkey that starts to unravel and a little girl who finds some yarn and starts to make a sock-monkey.

Do you have any favorite yarny literature, whether it’s for children or adults, that you want to share? Tell us about it in the comments!

  • MaryGknits

    Well there is Phoebe’s Sweater (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578046970?ie=UTF8&tag=stathanablog-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0578046970) and Freddie’s Blanket http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0578071991?ie=UTF8&tag=stathanablog-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0578071991) (both by Joann Johnson) are wonderful (and the designs included are gorgeous!).  I love all the Jan Brett books because she always has lots of hand-knits drawn into her stories (and some are about hand-knits … The Mitten, The Hat, etc).  

    Also, last year I found The First Christmas Stocking (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IWYI1Y?ie=UTF8&tag=stathanablog-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B003IWYI1Y)  – which would make a lovely book with a first stocking for a newborn!

    LOVE finding books that link knitting and reading ….

  • Ruthknits

    One of my favourites is ‘Amos’s Sweater’ by Janet Lunn and Kim LeFave http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_1_14?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=amos%27s+sweater&sprefix=amos%27s+sweater. It is the story of an old sheep named Amos who does not want to give up his fleece for a sweater. Another is ‘The Great Knitting Needle Hunt’ by Paul Geraghty. It is about a little boy who helps his grandmother search for her missing knitting needle.

  • http://www.mrsdof.com Diane W

    love love love _Mr. Nick’s Knitting_  written by Margaret Wild illustrated by Dee Huxley  ©1988 already out-of-print

    My own copy was withdrawn from a public library, and I got it at a used book sale for 50¢

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    and I have to say you’re quickly becoming one of my favorites. Great post and
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    Aurana Books