Today meet Elvira Woodruff. Don't you just love that name? Elvira Woodruff is an award-winning children’s book author of twenty-four books for young readers, including picture books and middle grade historical fiction. Elvira is also a passionate knitter and she has written her first knitting book called To Knit or Not to Knit: Helpful and Humorous Hints for the Passionate Knitter (published by Skyhorse Publishing, Hardcover and eBook).
I love this book! It is cleverly written in the voice of Mrs. Wicks who is like a Dear Abby for knitters. The format is that a knitter sends Mrs. Wicks a question. Mrs. Wicks aka Elvira answers the question with humour, honesty, and the wisdom of a long-time knitter.
So how did I find out about this book? A while back, I got an email from Elvira who evidently was familiar with my work. She asked if she might include one of my photographs in the book she was writing. I agreed and we started a bit of a back and forth conversation. I told her that Julia was interested in writing and Elvira sent Julia a fabulous note of encouragement. I sent off the digital file and a few months ago, I received a signed copy of To Knit or Not To Knit.
Sometimes I agree to things and then wince when I see what happens to my work. It is difficult to let my work go and and then not have any control over what happens with it. (I have learned to be careful!) Not so here. My photo is in the good company of a painting by Vincent Van Gogh.
It took me a while to have the time to sit down with To Knit or Not to Knit (it was gardening season and there is always so much to do!) A few weeks ago, I sat down to see what Elvira had produced. Once I started reading, I started laughing and smiling and just plain enjoying this little book. There are many knitter/bloggers who have become published authors. Sometimes I just shake my head and wonder WHY? HOW? In Elvira, we have an honest to goodness author who has come out as a knitter. How cool. (Elvira's novel George Washington’s Socks has sold over a million copies and is used in school curricula throughout the country.)
Throughout the book, there is art sprinkled that features knitters and stitchers. I love these connections that Elvira has found. She uses history, literature, art, and photography to craft a book about knitting and being a knitter that is really funny to read.
To Knit or Not to Knit is full of helpful advice for the new knitter or the advanced knitter. Elvira also includes many of her go-to patterns which she makes for gifts including a baby hat, simple sweater, thrummed mittens, cat toy, tea cosy and more.
So check out To Knit or Not to Knit. And welcome Elvira to the world of knitting authors! Hint, hint - To Knit would make a nice Christmas gift for any knitting friends of yours.
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