Monday, August 18, 2008

Lesson 1: How to Show Appreciation to a Writer

I saw this article about the Pratchgan on Gawker of all places.
A group of Terry Pratchett fans, headed by this lovely knitter from the UK, along with some friends from Ravelry, created a knitted afghan for writer, Terry Pratchett.
It's for Terry Pratchett, it's an afghan, ergo it's a Pratchgan.

Apparently Terry Pratchett has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's and this is their way of showing him how much they appreciate him and his work.
I'm sure with or without the Alzheimer's they would have created this work for him.
I've only begun reading my first Pratchett novel, Small Gods, that was gifted to me in the LibrisSwap on Ravelry, so I am not that familiar with him as a writer, but he must be something to inspire such devotion from these readers/knitters.
I have a lot of favorite authors myself, many still living, and I have considered sending them a note to let them know how much I appreciate their work.
But have you seen this afghan?
I would have never thought of this. It's brilliant.
Knitters make great fans.

1 comment:

Caroline said...

Hi Julie! I've missed you. I'm stupidly teaching a couple of college classes again, so I don't know if I'll be doing a lot of knitting this semester. I have dreams of being so organized that I will. Russ says he's going to be very supportive. Mmmmm. we'll see.

Keep us posted about the Pratchett book. You're right. knitters do make great fans. That quilt is amazing.