Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Good Yarn

What to do with A Good Yarn?

I found four yarn store sites online with the name A Good Yarn:

www.agoodyarn.biz/
www.agoodyarn.net/
www.agoodyarn.org/
and 
www.agoodyarn.com/

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Also, the book entitled "A Good Yarn," by Debbie Macomber, which my mom has read.  Here is one review I found:


From Publishers Weekly
Macomber revisits the cozy Seattle yarn store of 2004's The Shop on Blossom Street in another heartfelt tale of crafts and camaraderie. After a slow beginning, this sequel clips along satisfyingly, as shop owner Lydia, a cancer survivor, and her no-nonsense sister, Margaret, meet three new and conveniently quite different friends and bond over the complications of life. Overweight, depressed teenager Courtney Pulanski has found herself plopped into a new town for her senior year, living with her grandma while her dad works in Brazil. Bethanne Hamlin, a recent divorcĂ©e, and Elise Beaumont, who's been single for years, are both still suffering from their broken marriages. Serving as sounding boards and sources of endless support for each other, the women find friendship and, of course, resolution for their problems (the latter a little too easily). Readers will miss The Shop on Blossom Street's spirited Jacqueline, who plays a minor role here, and a few things—like the character of Elise's ex-husband, Maverick—strain credibility. But the author's trademark warm treatment of the lives of women will satisfy her readers. Despite occasional draughts of treacle and a too-easy denouement, this should be another Macomber bestseller. (May) 


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You can visit agoodyarn.blogspot.com, and you could also Purl Up With a Good Yarn at  jillz.typepad.com/

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Scientific American has this to say in an recent article called "The Secrets of Storytelling: Why We Love a Good Yarn":

A Good Yarn
Storytelling is one of the few human traits that are truly universal across culture and through all of known history. Anthropologists find evidence of folktales everywhere in ancient cultures, written in Sanskrit, Latin, Greek, Chinese, Egyptian and Sumerian. People in societies of all types weave narratives, from oral storytellers in hunter-gatherer tribes to the millions of writers churning out books, television shows and movies. And when a characteristic behavior shows up in so many different societies, researchers pay attention: its roots may tell us something about our evolutionary past...



For more on this article, check out this link:  
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=the-secrets-of-storytelling

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If you are a spinner, you might be interested in what the West Virginia University Extension Service has to say in "Traditions Continue...Spinning a Good Yarn."  To read this pdf, try this link:   
http://www.wvu.edu/~exten/infores/pubs/fypubs/WL_30_Spinning_a_Good_Yarn.pdf

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So, if you're looking for a good yarn, check it out!

Following the links,

--The Knit Chick

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