I checked out a lovely book from the public library. A Knitter’s Home Companion by Michelle Edwards is a delightful collection of short essays about knitting and also includes recipes and knitting patterns. Each short story serves to remind the reader of the human connection with knitting. When we knit, we are deeply connected to the people we are knitting for, and if we are lucky, the people we are knitting with. She also illustrates how sometimes the person receiving the gift is actually the knitter. I can clearly picture the author in her studio, with her bird feeder outside her window, writing and working on her knitting. The patterns and recipes that she includes are also clearly linked to the stories. The patterns are fairly basic, and include a simple mitten and sock pattern. The author knit 100 pairs of mittens in 1 year, all for charity. I tried out the Mandel bread recipe (essentially almond biscotti) and thought it was great but could even be improved with a dash of salt. The author does a fair bit of charity knitting and reading this book has inspired me to be more generous with my knitting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading 1 or 2 stories at night before turning out the lights content and dreaming of knitting.