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Lonna Cunningham is a fibre artist, writer, and small holder who lives in rural Alberta with her family, some chickens, dogs, cats, sheep, and a cow or two.
Her former career in Information Technology came to an abrupt end with the onset of Delayed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in early 2011: you can read about her journey through trauma in her first book, Just Keep Knitting: a journey of healing through forgiveness, faith, and fibre. Lonna is also the author of The Rookie’s Field Guide to Supported Spinning, a how-to book for people who would like to be able to make pretty string with nothing more than a handful of fibre, a weighted stick, and a dish. Fibre artists will probably know Lonna as Frazzlehead, from Ravelry – and if you are a fibre artist who has not yet found ravelry.com, you need to check it out! There’s a wealth of information and a lot of interesting people hanging out there, Lonna included. Look her up – she’d love to hear from you.
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 22 days after purchase)
on May 22, 2012 :
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 23 days after purchase)
on May 10, 2012 :
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 31 days after purchase)
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 22 days after purchase)
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 37 days after purchase)