Follow the Yarn seamlessly stitches together life wisdom and knitting tips. When author Reba Linker’s teacher, Ann, passed away nine months into her beginner knitting class, the book she was writing – a lighthearted collection of Ann’s knitting tips – turned into something deeper: a journey to the self.
This journey took Reba from novice knitter and first-time author to bestselling author and a new career as a life coach and motivational speaker. Reba’s knitting teacher was an unlikely angel, her own personal ‘Clarence,’ who led her to a long-awaited healing and a realization that it is, indeed, a wonderful life.
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Follow the Yarn is a triple threat! First, it is a superb study guide for anyone who knits or ever wanted to knit; second, it is a deeply moving story of a mentor and her student; and finally, it is an inspiring tale of the author finding her voice as a writer. Reba’s clear, luminous style smoothly combines Ann Sokolowski’s encyclopedic knowledge of knitting with lively, humorous anecdotes. Follow the Yarn is a fitting tribute to a master teacher and a one-of kind-woman. — Gail Straub
Tattoo this on your eyelids! This book is really, really good….It’s got everything going for it; funny stories, heart warming anecdotes, awesome information about how to take care of your knits, and a mass of other little facts and details that range form interesting to ‘ohmergawd how did I not know this???” It gets an A+ from me! — Theo DeAndrea
Who would think that great wisdom could be passed on by teaching and learning knitting? Not for knitting lovers only, this is a how-to-knit book, yes, but more importantly a story of healing and inspiring wisdom. — Marilyn Graman
Follow the Yarn is a heartfelt journey of empowerment and a loving testament to the generosity, wit, and wisdom of a gifted teacher. It is also chock full of knitting tips, techniques, and Ann Sokolowski’s standards of excellence. Each knitting lesson provides rich metaphors and life lessons: “Don’t leave loose ends,” “Know which mistakes to tear out and which ones to let lie.” The author shares the gifts of her teacher, Ann, and she also shares the gift of her heart, wide open. Instruction, inspiration, and love — all in one delightful package. — Marcy Nelson-Garrison
This book is without a doubt one of the most wonderful reads….Thanks to Reba, not only did Ann teach her class at the Y these purls of wisdom, but now us as well. I was not prepared to love this book as much as I have….This is a must read book. Andi G.
Your attachment to Ann says everything. This is Ann. The way you wrote it is exactly how we feel. She was not for everyone. It’s hard to get someone to be that honest in today’s world. And it’s not just me; all of us at the store felt the same way, all of us understood her.— Raymond Stambouli
Poignant and poetic, heartfelt and funny, Linker knits a neat story of life, learning, and love. Readers will eagerly follow her yarn, and gain greater understanding of the stitches they use to create the fabric of their own lives. — Laurie Graff
The story of how one person can inspire, teach, and empower others, while sitting at a table and making loops in string. The reader will find tips and tricks, stitch samplers, beginning and finishing methods and techniques, as well as a chronicle of relationships forged with fiber and sticks. — Becky Yoder
There is so much wisdom in this book. Follow the Yarn is about being mindful to what you hear, feel, and smell, and the surprises that arise when you commit to being awakened by life. Read to learn about knitting, and about your Self.— Rabbi TZiPi Radonsky
If you like reading autobiographies and enjoy knitting, you’ll enjoy this book. After reading it, I have more confidence to go out and just knit something, independent of a pattern. I’ll definitely be keeping this one on file, and coming back to it in the future.— Jane Galley
Sometimes painfully raw, you can see the hurt and the healing happening. By the end of the book, you have a sense that you know Ann, a gruff New Yorker with a heart of gold. Finally, there is a great sense of peace, and you just know that your knitting is going to get better.— Alison Manning
Grace has been knitted into every little fabric of the book — how powerful it is. Thank you so much, Reba Linker, for your powerful share. A seeker of truth and a speaker of truth you are. Thank you for opening the doors for other wise women to do the same.— Sharon McWilliams
The yarn gives people a foundation, a building block on which to begin their story. What an inspirational book, what a gift you are sending out into the world!— Judy Ranieri