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Corrugated Shawl, designed by Cecelia Campochiaro, knit from Crave Caravan in the Tilly colorway, using U.S. size 4 needles.

A Life In Stitches

Well, it’s not my life in stitches . . .

A couple of weeks ago I was sent a review copy of A Life in Stitches by Rachael Herron.

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I’ve known Rachael since way back when we were both baby bloggers in the early days of knitblogs, so I have of course read each of her novels as they were published — and loved them.

I finished reading A Life in Stitches last week. This is not a novel but a collection of autobiographical essays with knitting content (and a fun pattern at the back of the book). I highly recommend this book. Rachael is such a lovely writer (I’m sorry, but there is no other way of putting it) and her words are simply a pleasure to read. And knowing Rachael in real life, I can tell you how genuine her writing is. Well, read this book and you’ll see what I mean!

The print version has been out for a bit and today the ebook version was released so no matter how you prefer to read, you can grab a copy.

This week I conducted a mini-interview with Rachael via email.

Wendy: Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process? When you write a novel, do you have the plot worked out ahead of time, or does it develop as you write?

Rachael: My writing process is this: write every day. If I do that, I tend to get less overwhelmed. A little bit of writing is always better than none, and you can always fix it later. As to plotting, my writing is one part plan, two parts accidental. I tend to start with a fantastic idea which gets less and less awesome as I work on it, and I’m left sitting in front of the computer with a dazed look on my face. Really? I thought I could write a whole book about this? What was I thinking? Then I go have a little lie down on the bed and try not to hyperventilate while I stare up at the cobwebs on the ceiling fan. Usually I get struck with the obvious answer either while in the shower or while driving — both inopportune times to write anything down, you’ll notice — and that new idea will carry me until the next freak-out.

Wendy: My Lucy is an “only child” but I know you live in a multi-critter household. Does everyone get along most of the time or do various factions gang upon each other?

Rachael: Hoo boy! Yep, we have three dogs and four cats. It’s a zoo. Most get along: Clara the border collie has her very own cat (Waylon), and she drags him around the house (the cat loves it, and is often completely covered in dog spit), and our chihuahua cuddles with our beagle/pit mix. Now, my cat Digit? Lucy’s boyfriend? The only animal he gets along with is Lucy, I’ll have you know, and that’s because absence makes the heart go fonder. He hates everyone and everything else (I’ve had him since he was four weeks old–he’s pretty much always been a sourpuss), but he makes an exception for me, for which I am glad. I love that cat SO much.

Thanks, Rachael, for answering my questions!

But wait — there’s more!

Would you like to be entered in a drawing to win a signed copy of A Life in Stitches? Leave a comment on this blog entry by noon Eastern time on Tuesday, September 6, 2011. The great and might Random Number Generator will select a comment at random for that commenter to receive the book.

I promise that I have been knitting since I completed my last sweater last Friday, but it has all been stealth knitting. But I am starting something I can show on the blog, and will do so in my next blog post. Honest.

Lucy sez . . .

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Well, Lucy isn’t saying anything because, as you can see, she is in the middle of a very important nap.

Comments

  1. Sounds like a great read!

  2. Lisa Halsema says:

    I’ve read Rachel’s other books and loved them. I’m looking forward to reading her new one.

  3. I love your last lace sweater. I am going to have to get the pattern and make it. It is to die for!!
    Miss Lucy has to get her beauty sleep to remain so beautiful!!. Love the kitties. ( I have 3 now.)
    Judy´s last blog post ..SnowDrop update

  4. i love reading all things knitting –

  5. Still hoping for the pattern for the “Boreal” Swiss Silk sweater… that just might be the one that goads me into knitting lace.

    Lynette

  6. This book looks so awesome. I would love to have a copy. If I don’t win that, I just want to peek over your shoulder at your stealth knitting…

  7. I would love to win a copy of the book. Thanks for offering it.

  8. If I leave this comment, maybe I’ll win the book. By the way, how’s your new job?

  9. Just “found” Rachael again after reading her blog awhile back then losing track (love Google reader for that reason – no more lost blogs). I would love to read this book. Nina

  10. If the book’s like the interview, that sounds like a fun read!

  11. Just got a Kindle and I would love to put this book on it. By the way I love to knit lace and have just found your site with news of your book on it. Please include me in the draw.

  12. Michele Cashen says:

    I hope my name comes up for this book. Thanks.

  13. Love the interview, love the blog . Look forward to the book!

  14. It sounds like an interesting book! I’d love to win it.
    Julia´s last blog post ..And in the naughty corner…

  15. Now to buy this for the kindle or a book. So difficult to decide.;)

  16. Happy Labor Day weekend, Wendy! I always enjoy your blog and knitting inspiration! Thank you… and yes, I’d love to win the book;)

  17. I would to win this book, but I’m sure I won’t with this many comments. Love reading your blog!
    Edna´s last blog post ..Wow!

  18. Well, I can truthfully say, and my family will agree that reading is my first passion followed closely by knitting. Therefore winning ‘A Life in Stitches’ would be wonderful!

  19. Please consider me added to the request to win!
    Sharon (witchyknits)´s last blog post ..FO Friday!

  20. Sounds like a fun book!

  21. Sounds like an amazing book. Thanks for the opportunity!

  22. Cheryl Adams says:

    I love reading about knitting. Our last cat was also a sourpuss until the day she died, hated everyone and everything. She only tolerated me because I fed her. Murphy was such a sourpuss she peed in my husband’s shoes. We all laughed, he didn’t.

  23. I haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading Rachael’s books and she sounds like someone I’d enjoy knowing. So I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading this one when that random number generator picks me!

  24. I’d love to read her book!

  25. Sounds like a lovely book.

  26. Lucy is dreaming of Digit.

    Oh great and mighty Random Number Generator, I would be delighted if you picked me! I am looking forward to reading Rachael’s book, being a long-time reader of both of Rachael and Wendy (and incidentally a big fan of YOU, the RNG, in your randomness….)

  27. I’d love a copy! I have read two of Rachael’s other books and thoroughly enjoyed them.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Facebook….plus a logo!

  28. I love to read about knitting, but I appreciated her cat descriptions even more!

  29. Carol LeFebvre says:

    Hi Wendy
    I am one of your “dates” from the Chincoteague weekend, and always faithful reader.
    I am now working at needlework in mpls, and can’t wait til your book arrives at the shop! I would love to be included in the book give away. Take care, it is always fun to get your posts!

  30. Well, I have always looked at life as “a stitich”. It is the only way to survive. So it would be fun to see how someone else who shares my fibre addiction sees it also.

  31. I love a good read and, if knitting is involved, all the better.
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  32. Oh I so want to win. Me please. I am not too proud to beg the Random Number Generator.

  33. I would love to own this book. Thanks for the chance!

  34. This book sounds like a great read! If I don’t win, I’ll look for it in the library.

  35. I’d love to read A Life in Stitches – please include me in the drawing.

    Your lace tunic is just gorgeous!

  36. I do love Rachael’s work and would love a signed copy!
    twinsetjan´s last blog post ..Warm Heads, Warm Hearts

  37. The book sounds wonderful and I loved your impromptu interview. What a grin, picturing the border collie carrying around its very own cat covered in dog spit (as well as the comments of other readers with their collie/cat stories) Thanks so much for that wonderful laugh!

  38. The book sounds very interesting. I’d love to win!

  39. Love Rachael’s writing. Her memoir should be terrific!
    Kim´s last blog post ..the long hot summer

  40. I’d love the book. Thanks.

  41. Gail Rector says:

    I’d love to read the book; I’m just home from visiting my sister who has moved all the way up to coast from San Diego to near me in Washington State. I am presently bereft of feline companionship (that’s why I love hearing from Lucy so much), but I got a kitty fix because my sister has two wonderful kitties.

  42. I love Rachael’s books!

  43. I’d love to win the book….and tell Lucy we’re all being quiet so as not to disturb that nap.

  44. Love Rachel and her writing. Haven’t picked up a copy of this book yet, so I’d love to win it!

  45. I would love a copy of Rachel’s book! Please choose me :-)!

  46. Please put my name in drawing. Happy Labor Day weekend.!

  47. Wonderful interview! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book…I have my fingers crossed. 🙂
    Cricket54´s last blog post ..Sunday Evening

  48. This book looks great. Please enter me in the drawing.

  49. I agree that Rachael’s writing is just lovely! Thanks for running a contest!
    Holly´s last blog post ..Elektra

  50. Sounds like a wonderful book!

  51. I would love to have this book. I have just started reading her blog and have samples of two of her books on my Kindle. And since it’s my birthday 9/6 (Hello,social security!), this would be a lovely surprise!

  52. Thanks for the chance!

  53. Hi, I’ve added the book to my wishlist (just in case) but really hope I win it!

  54. Please enter me in your drawing!

  55. Looks like a great book!
    Judi´s last blog post ..oh hai

  56. Oh great and mighty random number generator, pleas pick me! 😉

  57. I can’t wait to read the new book!
    Elise´s last blog post ..On the avenue

  58. I love essays on knitting! I’ll have to see if it’s available locally.
    E. Engman´s last blog post ..CRAFTERS PROJECT JULY 2011

  59. I love Rachael!!! She is such a brilliant writer, each one of her words are like individual strokes in a painting.

    Sorry, I tend to get a little odd when it comes to books about knitting. My two big loves. Thow in writing and you have my three favorite things.

    Hope I win!!
    garret´s last blog post ..What I have I been up to?

  60. I would like to read Rachels new book. I need some new reading material. Thanks
    nannyjean´s last blog post ..Sammy Jo

  61. Mary in Carol Stream says:

    I just read an exerpt in the September 2011 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal that my MIL gave me today. She thought it relevant since my work involves other people’s health and I knit mostly to decompress. Whether I get chosen or not, I just want to voice that I think the entire book is probably as nicely written as the exerpt.

  62. I’ve got Rachel’s first book on order and loved the interview/review. Hope you have a great weekend.

  63. Loked it up on amazon, book sounds good sign me up

  64. that would be looked

  65. Hope the new job is going well. Would really like to have this book!

  66. radmeister says:

    I love Rachael’s stories especially the cat being carried around by the dog covered in dog drool. Her book How to Knit a Love Song is one of my favourites. Please enter me in the draw. Have a great weekend!

  67. I would love to win a copy of Rachel’s book; if I don’t win, I will add it to my wish list, so it’s a win-win, regardless. (If I’m not making sense, blame my meds) 🙂 Thanks!
    Rose´s last blog post ..Grateful

  68. That would be a fun win!

  69. I love Rachel’s books!

  70. Cynthia Eggers says:

    I just finished reading two of Rachael’s novels (they were awesome, by the way), back to back, and am going through withdrawal. This book might help me get through that, so I hope the random number generator picks me!

  71. Rachel’s new book sounds hysterical! Love both blogs. Ladies- please keep at it- you provide me a lot of good reading!

  72. I’m so pleased you’ve publsihed a lace book. I am sorry I missed you at Fibre Space, but I am heading over there this week to get a copy and see what else if happening.

    I’d also love a copy of Rachel’s new book.

    Thanks!

  73. Katy Sullivan says:

    I would love to win this book! Looks great!

  74. I would LOVE a copy of the book! Enjoy your well-deserved relaxing weekend!

  75. Life in Stitches seems like it would be a cool book. Please add me to the drawing:-)

    Good luck with your new job:-)

  76. I would love a copy of the book. I may soon have an opportunity to go from Writin’ for The Man to writing for my own pleasure/agony.

  77. I love biographies,and autobiographical writing, almost as much as I love knitting and pets! If I don’t win the book I will surely buy it–hope that doesn’t disqualify me!

  78. I have followed both of you for years. I would love to read “My Life in Stitches” — the title just hummms with possibilities! Happy Labor Day btw.

  79. Hi Wendy! Throw my name in the hat, please. I’ve been reading Rachel’s blog for years, too.

  80. Arlene Hoose says:

    I would love to win this book. If not I will have to buy it!!!

  81. Dear Wendy,
    Please enter me in the drawing to win a signed copy of A Life in Stitches!! I thinks it’s so nice that you have these drawings. Thanks.

  82. A little late, but better late than never?

  83. Beverly (db81971) says:

    Love the picture on the cover!

  84. Love Rachael! Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. The book sounds like a great read!