I recently received a review copy of this book.
Knitting Nell, written and illustrated by Julie Jersild Roth. It’s recommended for children age 5 – 8 years old. The hardcover book is 32 pages long and is illustrated with full-color watercolors by the author.
I sat down to read it last night and was utterly charmed by it. It’s the story of a shy little girl, Nell, who sits and knits and listens to others, but never says very much. She quietly knits items for other people, and is eventually recognized for her charitable good works, and also finds her voice as she teaches her friends to knit.
Now at the best of times I’m a cranky old bitch, but I actually felt some tears welling up as I finished reading this story — it was just so danged sweet. It also has a nice message about doing good for other people and how rewarding that can be — but it doesn’t cram the moral down your throat.
The illustrations are adorable, and they are plentiful. There are many full-page pictures, and some pages with a number of small, captioned, pictures.
I think this would be a wonderful book to read with a very small child who is interested in learning to knit, or to give to slightly older knitters to read on their own, and then discuss with them later.
Julie, the author, has a website with more information about the book, and a link to The Good Scarf Project website, a charitable project that would be great for children. Go there and read all about it!
Per a comments request, the inside of my sock’s picot edge:
I did not cast off, but sewed the loops of the live stitches together with the back of a row of stitches on the inside of the sock
I had a choice: clean up my home, or complete the finishing work on my Noni Baguette. What to do, what to do . . .
Yeah, I know I’m not kidding anyone.
And here it is, posing with its little brother:
And here it is open, to show off my mad sewing-in-the-lining skillz: