Purls Forever is not your typical knitting pattern book. It is a gathering of warm family stories by 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 the stories that each family treasure brings to mind. From the earliest piece, an exquisite shawl made by her great-great-grandmother in Italy, this book journeys through six generations of knitting to little finger puppets made by her daughters, as Jonelle teaches them the craft passed on from mother to daughter for so many years. Filled with both humorous and emotional short stories, Purls Forever features family photos of treasured knits both old and new! Each story is accompanied with a pattern for an up-to-date adaptation of those treasured old 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. Purls Forever features: 21 short stories based on various family heirloom garments made by various women in the author's family for over 6 generations Beautiful family photos with various knit or crocheted garments that evoke the memories of the author as she shares the love her family has shown through their handmade garments. Many photos by the author that artfully illustrate both old and new garments 18 patterns of new garment adaptations of the heirloom items in the stories Patterns range from beginner to intermediate level each with clear, step-by-step instructions Baby's and children's clothing Afghans and blankets Shawls, scarves, and sweaters for both men and women and much more! Softcover, 85 pages; South West Trading Co.