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Purls of Wisdom: A Guide to Knitting: Knitting with a Disability

This guide is for those interested in starting to knit or improve their existing knitting skills.

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Knitting with Joint Pain

Whether or not you suffer from joint paint while knitting, hand stretches can help keep your hands feeling good so you can keep enjoying your favorite fiber craft. Watch this video from Love Knitting and see if these keep you knitting for longer or more comfortably.

Knitting with Low Vision

Sight Connection offers this video from their DIY for the Eye series with tips for making knitting easier for those crafters with low vision.

For Knitters Who Can Do It With Their Eyes Closed

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Audiobooks on Knitting Available through the Boston Public Library

The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting

In this audiobook of 22 short essays, famous author and knitter Clara Parkes reflects on the role of knitting in her life. She considers her childhood, relationships, and her love of the craft and contemplates some big questions about why knitters are driven to create the way that they do.

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off: The Yarn Harlot's Guide to the Land of Knitting

Best-selling author Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, self proclaimed "Yarn Harlot," shares her observations on the world of knitting with this four hour audiobook available through the Boston Public Library. In this latest book, McPhee acts as a tour guide to the world of knitting, and her tongue-in-cheek sense of humor will keep you entertained as she tells you all about knitting culture and customs.

At Knits End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much

Another book of musings by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, "At Knit's End" offers comforting thoughts for those knitters who worry that knitting has taken over their lives. If you enjoy stream-of-consciousness listening while you work on your latest project (or commute, or lay around in bed) consider this audiobook.

The Curse of the Boyfriend Sweater: Essays on Crafting

In this audiobook of essays, author Alanna Okun reflects on knitting as creation, appreciation of life, and the respect of tradition. It's not all so serious — Okun's sense of humor is apparent as she explores topics such as the commonly quoted "curse of the boyfriend sweater" and the struggles of crafting in the digital age.