Sunday, January 28, 2007

knitting Fiction

In the last couple weeks I've gotten 3 new novels with knitting as the theme. One more I had gotten a while back so isn't new. What could be better?

Knitting Under the Influence by Claire LaZebnik is the one I've had for awhile and the only one I've read completely at this time. It is about 3 women who get together weekly to knit and the close bond they have developed. Main plot is the love interests of each of them. A typical, predictable plot but the references to knitting make it an enjoyable, light read. The back of the book states, "these three friends learn that there are never any easy answers, except maybe one-that when the going gets tough, the tough get knitting."

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood is described, "In this poignant and powerfully uplifting novel, a mother turns to knitting to help deal with the loss of her child and discovers, beyond simple recovery, a whole new realm of friendship and understanding."

Chicks with Sticks by Elizabeth Lenhard was in the teen literature section at Barnes and Noble, but in regular fiction at Borders, so don't know where it fits. The description reads, "For teens juggling the works-in-progress that are friendship, first love, and surviving high school-knitting all the while-here's another fun, cozy read, complete with four all-new projects."

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is about a yarn shop owner, her daughter and several women who gather at a yarn shop once a week. A very diverse group who are bonded together through things in their life by their knitting. I have read about 1/3 of this book and am enjoying it. Although the plot seems typical, the character studies makes it a bit more interesting. This is the book the movie Julia Roberts is going to be in is based on. She will be playing Georgia, the yarn shop owner and should be out in 2008. Two websites that have information about the book are and which is the name of the shop in the book.



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