Perri Klass has been knitting since before it was cool. She
knit through high school, into med school, through lectures and meetings, and her writing
about knitting has appeared on the pages of The New York Times Magazine,
Knitter’s Magazine, and more. In Two Sweaters for My Father, Klass shares
a decade’s worth of writing about knitting.
To Klass, knitting is more
than just a hobby. It’s more than just a way to save a little money on a sweater
(something that knitters know isn’t exactly true). It’s an important part of who she is.
And in this collection of essays, she tells stories about the role that needles and yarn
play in the busy life of a wife, mother, and pediatrician.
been soothed by the relaxing rhythm of knitting needles—or who’s ever been excited to
create a piece of hand-knit fabric—will appreciate this collection. Many of the same
themes—especially Klass’s knitting in meetings and the disapproval she’s met for doing
so—appear repeatedly in the collection, making it something you might not want to read
all in one sitting. But, taken an essay at a time, it will bring a knowing smile to any
knitter’s face. At many times while reading it, I felt a sense of camaraderie with
Klass, laughing along with her confessions about the amount of time it takes her to pack
her knitting projects before a trip—and her secret desire to bring her knitting along to
church services. As a member of the knitting family, I know exactly how she feels, and I
could appreciate her views and philosophies.
sometimes humorous, Two Sweaters for My Father may not contain a single pattern,
but it’s worthy of any knitter’s bookshelf. Pick it up as a stocking stuffer for the
knitters on your holiday shopping list.