Knitted Wit HerStory Club 2023
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We're doing it again! With so many fabulous female authors and their work yet to explore, the book club theme deserves another year. Focusing on untold stories, HerStory 2023 will once again shine the spotlight on female authors across a large swath of genres.
The HerStory Club was born out of a desire to learn more about women who have made a difference, the unsung heroines, and creating unique colorways inspired by their contributions. Each month's HerStory release is available in either Knitted Wit Sock (80% SW Merino, 20% Nylon, 420 yards / 113 grams), or Knitted Wit DK (100% SW Merino, 280 yards / 115 grams). Both are 100% USA sourced sheep to skein.
January - Mia Songbird is the first HerStory honoree of the year. Her transformative book, "How We Show Up: Reclaiming Family, Friendship, and Community" discusses how building community and forming deep personal relationships with others enhances our lives. Learn more HERE.
February - This month spotlights Octavia Butler. Known for her science fiction prowess, Octavia resists being pigeon-holed into a genre, instead claiming loyalty to three audiences - black readers, science-fiction fans and feminists. The vibrant colorway draws inspiration from the third book's cover in her wildly popular trilogy, Xenogensis, also known as "Lilith's Brood." Read her Love Letter HERE.
March - For March, we are hanging out and learning from Tarana Burke, the person who started the Me Too Movement. Read all about Tarana HERE.
April - The spotlight shines on Maureen Johnson - a favorite author of several Knitted Wit staffers. Maureen is beloved not only for her prowess with pen and ink, but for the kind of person she is and how she shows up in the world. Johnson's books are delightful for their humor and how relatable her characters are. Learn more HERE.
May - For May's HerStory, we are featuring Jane Austen and the enduring legacy her writing has on current culture. Read the May Love Letter HERE.
June - For June's HerStory, we are featuring cartoonist Alison Bechdel and the Bechdel test - a measure of the representation of women in film and other art forms. Learn more HERE.
July - This month's HerStory showcases romance writer Talia Hibbert and her sexy, diverse writing. Oo La La! Read more HERE.
August - For our August HerStory, we are featuring another romance writer: Alyssa Cole. A 'Jacqueline-of-all-trades' romance author, Alyssa's work includes historical, speculative, and royal romances. Read more about her contributions to literature HERE.
September - Since it's back to school time, we're showcasing one of our absolute fave children's authors (who just so happens to have been a Pacific Northwesterner), Beverly Cleary! Learn more about this literary icon HERE
October - It's spooky season, friends, and what better books to read as the veil thins than those that have to do with zombies and ghosts? Our October HerStory recipient, Justina Ireland, does both of those genres very, very well, and we are so excited to dive into her books (and activism) this month! Learn more HERE.
November - This month spotlights Cherie Dimaline - an aclaimed member of the Metis Nation of Ontario. Her stories blend fantastical elements with hard-hitting realities, and the central tenet of both her life and her writing is community; most particular, the intersection of her Indigenous roots and the women she grew up learning and hearing stories from (most notably her Mere, or grandmother). Learn more HERE.
December - The final HerStory honoree for 2023 is Karen Walrond. Her works inspires us to to exist and thrive and make a difference in modern-day society while also making sure to experience joy and fulfillment, and to embrace being different as a gift. In the book that inspired December's colorway, Radiant Rebellion, Karen tackles aging in a more celebratory way than we've ever seen. Learn more HERE.