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Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Friday Night Knitting Club

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Add your name, blog about a book you've read about knitting or crocheting or any book you've recently read for that matter, and remember to add a link to this post.
The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I recently read this while lounging about the pool in Aruba. You can read about Aruba on my travel blog by clicking on the word Aruba.

One really can't knit or crochet by pool side, you don't want the yarn to get wet; nor can you do either well when you're hot and the yarn sticks to your hands and or to the needles and hooks. Sooooooooo, why not read about your craft instead. I had started The Friday Night Knitting Club previously on another vacation, and while I enjoyed it, I did not feel compelled to finish it when I return home. I tossed it on my shelf to have it ready for the next vacation. So, I guess that means I didn't think it was all that good. If so, surely I would have wanted to finish it, instead of waiting several months for the next vacation. It was a NY Times Best Seller. There are 2 additional books now in this series I understand, "Knit Two", and "Knit the Season". I probably will get them eventually....to take on vacation and read at poolside again; but don't feel the need to rush out and get them and stay up all night reading them. I had some issues with the book. Firstly, one of it's selling points is that it's about strong women; but I'm not sure I thought the main character Georgia was all that strong. On one hand, yes she was. She raised a bi-racial daughter on her own, and had her own business. On the other hand, she took back the no count father who'd not been around in years! I have a problem with that. She came from what apparently was a pretty dysfunctional family, not getting along with her family; choosing almost strangers over family. I like knitting, but I don't think it takes the place of relationships, replacing family the way they seem to infer in the book. It's a hobby and everyone should have one. I thought they made knitting far more important in the book then it is in real life. Recommend it, yea I guess so. Just don't expect to be transformed. My daughter read this and gave it to me, so that made it worth the $16.00. Save yourself money and don't buy it, it's not a keeper. Go to the library.

Have you read it? What did you think? Are there other knitting or crochet books you've read? Love to hear your take.

Let's share some linky love, and maybe work up a reading list in the process. Don't forget to visit each other too.


  1. Added link from one of my other blogs to test Mr. Linky.

  2. I've read a number of crochet and knitting related books but I don't think I've read the one you're talking about. I'm going to go blog about them now! :-)

  3. How funny that I see your invite to this the day that I am planning to blog about one of my favourite books!

    I've been wondering about this series for a while now, since with the knitting and everything it seemed like my kind of book, but I guess I'll just check it out of library instead of visiting the bookstore.

    Thanks for the invite!

  4. Haven't read any books lately, but when I do I always go to the library. Hope you had a nice Easter :)

  5. I have not read a crochet or knitting book. I think the closest would be the Queen Betsy books. There is a character in it that taught George the Fiend to crochet and later to knit

  6. chemicalika we must have been in each other's heads. lol

    Thanks Frizzy, I'll make note of that.

    Folks Sandie posted a great list on her blog, hope over and check it out.

  7. Thanks for inviting me to join in!

  8. I failed to mention the book that I reviewed.
    It is Witchling by Yasmine Galenorn. The review is here

  9. You're all suppose to add a link here when you blog about your book, just a reminder, when you add your name to the linky, you add a link to this blog.

  10. yeah, very interesting book

  11. Folks please disregard aria's link on the linky. I don't know how to delete it. Can someone explain that?

  12. Christine10:37 AM

    Oh goodness - I guess this is why we can all find our cars in the parking lot... I loved the book. What about all the other strong women in the book? Georgia's daughter? Her older mentor character? The PhD student? As for taking back the father of her child -- which is stronger, refusing to accept love because you've been hurt/burned before, or recognizing that someone has changed/matured and that you can move forward together to raise your daughter in a two-parent household? Also, to me, the gems of the book weren't the male-female relationships, but the female-female ones -- I loved how the author wrote the dynamic between the Georgia and her mentor, Georgia and her daughter, and the various members of the knitting circle -- to me, she captured the essence of those relationships really well.

    I liked the book - sorry you didn't, Mom ;)

  13. I didn't dislike it, it just didn't capture me I guess. Though I too liked the mentor and Georgia's relationship. The father thing...I don't know, it just bothered me. I think it's easier to come on board after the child is practically grown.

  14. I read the first one, but wasn't impressed. It took a while to get into it at all, and it really didn't get anywhere near good until almost the end. Later, a friend gave me a copy of Knit Two, and it was no more enjoyable than the first. I obviously haven't read the last one (I'm crazy, but not that crazy).

    I’m A-Z Blogging, and my “V” post is right here.

  15. Thanks Word Nerd, appreciate your thoughts. This is fun folks keep em coming. I plan to review another knitting book in a few days.

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