Hello and thanks for visiting my blog. I have been knitting on and off for 50 years and I recently learned to crochet. I love looking for wool bargains and making them into something useful. I mainly knit for charity. I occasionally knit for myself and family members if I find a really good pattern or if they ask nicely!!
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 common.....an 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.