Knit Two by Kate Jacobs
My rating: 4 stars
Overview from Goodreads: The sequel to the number-one New York Times bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two
returns to Walker and Daughter, the Manhattan knitting store founded by
Georgia Walker and her young daughter, Dakota. Dakota is now an
eighteen-year-old freshman at NYU, running the little yarn shop
part-time with help from the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club.
Drawn together by the sense of family the club has created, the
knitters rely on one another as they struggle with new challenges. As the clubs
projects are pieced together, so
is their understanding of the patterns underlying the stresses and joys
of being mother, wife, daughter, and friend. Because it isn't the
difficulty of the garment that makes you a great knitter: it's the care
and attention you bring to the craft as well as how you adapt to
This book was about knitting, and friendship, and love, and loss, and journeys - I loved it. It was a little harder to get into than the first one, but I think it was supposed to be.
My favorite quote from the book was at the end, but I want to start this review off with it because like The Friday Night Knitting Club, so much of the story can apply to real life.
You know enough now that you don't just have to
follow someone else's pattern. Or keep repeating your own. You can break
the pattern. Improve it. Perfect it. Change the plan. Adapt and
improvise. Make what works best for you. Now your skills will take you
wherever you want to go." (pg 313)
It's amazing how you can read the right book at just the right time. I've alluded a few times to our follow-up appointment and while I'm not ready to talk about it in detail, I'll say the news we got wasn't bad (we are okay), but it also wasn't what we wanted to hear. I tell you this because I was in a hard mindset reading this book - I was (and still am) dealing with lots of emotions, but somehow, this book seemed to apply to everything I was going through.
" 'We grieve loss. It's not always about death.' " (pg 177)
"Sometimes getting what is wanted only leaves more questions. But now, finally, they were ready to find the answers. Together." (pg 306)
I think a book that can do that is a powerful one indeed. I would highly recommend this one. There's one more in the series - Knit the Season - review on that coming soon!
Have you read this series by Kate Jacobs? What did you think?