I know, this doesn’t sound like a knitting book. Bear with me.
I was looking through the Publishers Weekly best books of the year lists and this one caught my eye in the children’s book list. I was a little ashamed I hadn’t heard of it earlier, because it combines two of my family’s favorite passions: fiber arts and science fiction. And reading, for that matter.
Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brogsol is a story I think we can all relate to this time of year.
Winter is coming, and grandma has a lot of knitting to do. Her gaggle of grandkids need new sweaters for the season, but she just can’t seem to get any knitting done.
Her grandchildren were curious about her knitting.
Were you supposed to hit the ball with a stick?
Could you eat it?
Could you make your brother eat it?
Why did the ball get smaller as you chased it?
She tries to find some more privacy by going out into the woods and climbing the mountain, but animals turn out to be as curious as grandchildren.
So she walks to the top of the mountain and onto the moon, which is no help, but finally finds the peace she’s looking for in the void on the other side of a wormhole.
This book is really cute, both the story and the illustrations, and if you knit for kids who are picture book aged they’re sure to love it. Or gift it to a friend who is always knitting for other people.
Have you read this book? I’d love to know what you thought of it!