This is far more than a typical knitting book with patterns. This book is a gathering of very warm and personal remembrances of family stories and the wonderful women who knit garments as signs of their love.
Jonelle Raffino literally opens her family hope chest filled with beautifully hand-crafted pieces and shares with us the stories that each of those family treasures brings to mind. Going as far back as an exquisite shawl made by her great, great grandmother in Italy, this book continues through 6 generations of knitting to little finger puppets made by her daughters as Jonelle first teaches them the craft that has been passed on from mother to daughter for so many years. Old family photos and new photos taken by the author beautifully illustrate her book. It is filled with well written, both humorous and emotional short stories that are worth the price of the book themselves.
As a valuable bonus, each story is accompanied with a pattern for an up-to-date adaptation of those treasured old garments. Each pattern is clear with detailed instructions that will produce garments of exceptional quality and design worthy of becoming family heirlooms in any family. Purls Forever is a true treasure and something every knitter will prize.
Hard copies of this book are available through your LYS