Librarians

Welcome! This section is designed to serve as a resource for librarians who want to start a knitting group in their libraries or schools, and also to offer my services where I can.

I was recently quoted in the December 2009 issue of American Libraries — you can see a scan of the article here. (Thanks to Jennifer Burek Pierce for a fantastic article).

I frequently give library presentations — sometimes it feels as if I’ve been to every library in the greater Cleveland and Akron area! — because I absolutely appreciate what librarians do. I’ve also done events at libraries elsewhere: the 2006 spelling bee at Ann Arbor (Michigan)’s annual festival was incredibly fun, and I also had a fantastic time giving a presentation about dyeing fiber at their Pittsfield branch in 2009.

Resources and links

15 August 2007: this excellent article about knitting books recently appeared on LibraryJournal.com.

My article in YALSA‘s Young Adult Library Services publication is now online as a PDF, click here for it.

I’m really, really proud of Knitgrrl’s starred review in Booklist, as well as the great review in School Library Journal. You can read reviews of all my books on their individual pages from here.

Share ideas with other librarians

Check back soon as this section of the Knitgrrl website develops with contributions from your colleagues. Have you had success starting a group? Let me know – I’ll post your ideas so everyone can take advantage of them. You will retain rights to all material submitted. I ask that you include a link or a reference to this site if you use items you’ve found here in print or for other distribution. Thank you.

To submit material, please email me (Shannon).

Our most recent submission comes from Nancy Cummings at the Sonoma County Library in California. She writes:

We tried a knitting program this month and it attracted a large crowd! We invited experienced knitters and a seasoned teacher. We attracted mostly adults, but we had 3 teens and 2 preteens. They all left clamoring for more. My idea was to share the success with our other branches and start a “round robin” but when I saw your article on attracting teens it gave me a better idea. This summer maybe we can start a “Stitch ‘n Bitch” as part of the Teen Summer Program. Wish us luck! and thanks.

Thank you, Nancy! Let us know how the program works out for you.

The following review appeared in the 15 April 2006 issue of Library Journal:

Funky Knits: Knitting Know-How for Hip Young Things
(Carol Meldrum & Julie Marchington)
Knitgrrl 2: Learn To Knit with 16 All-New Patterns
(Me!)

Both these books target the young, hip knitter, but with very different approaches. Knitgrrl 2, Okey’s follow-up to Knitgrrl, emphasizes instruction, with colorful closeup illustrations of such techniques as casting on, knitting, purling, joining new yarn, and binding off; chapters on dyeing yarn with Kool-Aid, knitting with beads, and embellishing knits; and a small collection of projects suitable for beginners. Among the 16 projects are beaded jewelry, a quick-knit poncho, and a beach bag (with cell-phone case).

Funky Knits also contains instruction for the beginning knitter but with enough detail to make it more suitable for the knitter with some experience. In some cases (e.g., the textured zip-up top, the acoustic guitar case) we’re most likely talking college-age. Then, too, Meldrum (coauthor, Denim People) uses pricey yarns that may not fit within a teenager’s budget; some yarn substitution might be in order. Projects include a basic black party dress with lace trimming and iPod covers. Knitgrrl 2 is an excellent buy for public library teen collections; consider Funky Knits for large public libraries in need of knitting books for young adults.

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