Just Keep Knitting: a journey of healing through forgiveness, faith, and fibre

Rated 4.33/5 based on 5 reviews
When chest pain and exhaustion forced a pause in her busy life, author Lonna Cunningham was called upon to take a closer look at the big events of her past: the death of her infant daughter, her husband's sudden personality changes and the discovery of the brain tumour that had triggered them ... then she had to rethink her past in order to find her path to the future. More

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About Lonna Cunningham

Lonna Cunningham lives on a very small farm in rural Alberta where she and her family raise sheep, chickens and veggies, accompanied by a Dexter cow, several dogs and a fluctuating number of cats. You can read Lonna’s musings about life on the farm, knitting, gardening and a variety of other somewhat random subjects on her website at blog.applejackcreek.com.
Lonna rarely goes anywhere without a knitting project in hand and once sat at the side of the road after a car accident working on a sock while waiting for the police to arrive. She is engaged in an ongoing effort to balance the size of the fibre stash in such a way as to ensure that there is always enough on hand to allow for the immediate implementation of suddenly-inspired projects while at the same time attempting to stay within the available storage space. In addition to knitting, Lonna also enjoys spinning, particularly on her beloved century-old Canadian Production Wheel and her supported spindles, and she can often be found online in the Ravelry or Homesteading Today forums, where she is known as Frazzlehead.
The onset of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder brought Lonna’s twenty-year career in Information Technology to a rather unexpected end, and she is now exploring other ways in which she can contribute to the family’s financial stability (and pay for yarn).

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Review by: Justine J on May 28, 2012 :
A lovely offering that demonstrates the healing that can come from telling and reading the stories of things that hurt and overcoming that hurt.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Cathy Merriman on May 22, 2012 : (no rating)
The mix of reflection and constructive creativity brings a balance to a story that is at times shocking. We have probably all had moments when we’ve thought “How could someone be so mean!” or thoughtless or selfish or etc. This book tells what it’s like to examine that question and gain some understanding of how or why someone can hurt you, and to truly come to understand someone else’s motivation – even if you don’t identify with that motivation. It was fascinating to me to see how the author was able to find neutral or positive ground after undergoing such tragic and unjust experiences.

The writing style is skillful and natural. The story flows easily over difficult, even impossible, territory. When I read a preview I was almost afraid to read the book, but I’m glad I did. It is a powerful reminder of the importance of trying to imagine life in someone else’s shoes, and of the value of patience and empathy toward others.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Rebecca on May 10, 2012 : (no rating)
This is an amazing book - both terrible and heartbreaking and uplifting at the same time. It's well written, and though the story is sad and frustrating at times, it still manages to stay positive throughout. Much to think about and consider after reading this book.

I read a lot, and have a short attention span for books that don't grab me right from the start. I read this one pretty much in one day. I love the knitting patterns too, but even if knitting isn't your thing, this is well worth reading.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: damselfly on March 27, 2012 :
A fascinating true story of love, strength, survival and human nature. The collection of attractive and functional knitting projects included are woven into the narrative as therapy for the strong emotional ride. I can knit while I read!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Linda Clish on March 01, 2012 :
You do NOT have to be a knitter for this book to be a good read. It is well written and has valuable insights into life and how differently it is perceived by each person. It has snippets of very good, down to earth advice scattered throughout. I will definitely be watching for the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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