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Sunday, 31 March 2013

This book made me laugh and cry.....

I just had to write about this brilliant book.  "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs is set in New York and tells the story of a group of women with one thing in interest in knitting.  I was going to say "a love of knitting" but that wouldn't be true of all the women.  A variety of love-hate relationships would be more accurate.  

There are a few books that follow this type of theme.  But this is definitely one of the best.  The plot has several twists and the characters are very different, well described and believable.  Kate Jacobs made me really care about what was happening to them.  It was one of those books that I really couldn't put down.  I was even up early on Easter morning reading the last couple of chapters.

One little section had me in stitches.  Excuse the pun.  Georgia is in hospital and her boyfriend has bought a knitting book and is reading it to her:

"You do one kay, then one pee, asterisk, repeat five," he read.  "Then yo, kay two tee, and yo again.  This is wild stuff, isn't it?"
"It's awesome," she said.  "You're doing great.  Keep going."

You have to be a knitter to understand the joke.  When you also know that the boyfriend is a cool dude, his "yo" is quite hilarious.

The book has a brave ending which I didn't predict.  I won't give too many details, but a box of tissues came in very handy.  Luckily, I already have Kate Jacobs' follow-up book called "Knit Two" which continues the story five years later.  

I'm always on the lookout for fiction with a knitting theme.  So if anyone has a favourite book like this, I'd love to hear about it.


  1. So glad you enjoyed it. Will have to add it to my list. I am just about to start Life of Pi.
    Love linda

  2. I picked this book up in a book exchange last week.I shall look forward to reading it.

  3. I enjoyed both these books too. Hope you enjoy the second one as much as the first.

  4. It would seem there's a third book in the series called Knit the Season.

    1. Wow, thanks. I didn't know about the third book.

  5. It sounds familiar but I read so much that once I'm done, I seem to forget if I've read it LOL But I'm going to check because it sounds like a good one. I'll have to go back through my list and send you some good ones - there was a series by someone (maybe Debbie Macomber) about knitting that was really good.

  6. Thanks Una. I think I need to look out for these books. When I am not crafting I like to read. They sound fun. X

  7. I loved all three of those books. Weepy and cheery and very fun to read. I hope you like the others!

  8. I thought that was a very funny part of the book too.

  9. I enjoyed this book too! I have read the 2nd one too, but not the 3rd.


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