This piece by Alison Lurie in the New Yorker titled "The Sweater Curse", led me to the book from which it is excerpted. Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting, edited by Ann Hood includes essays by twenty-seven writers including Barbara Kingsolver, Elisabeth Berg, Ann Patchett and at least one man - Andre Dubus III - on the transformative power of knitting. There are also five patterns included. It's out in November.
I'm also looking forward to Clara Parkes' The Yarn Whisperer: My Unexpected Life in Knitting. I have all three of her previous books and read her Knitter's Review newsletter regularly. I like the cover of this one very much. It's out in September.