The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs
My rating: 5 stars
Overview from Goodreads:Walker and Daughter is
Georgia Walker's little yarn shop, tucked into a quiet storefront on
Manhattan's Upper West Side. The Friday Night Knitting Club was started
by some of Georgia's regulars, who gather once a week to work on their
latest projects and to chat-and occasionally clash-over their stories of
love, life, and everything in between.
Georgia has her hands
full, juggling the demands of running the store and raising her spunky
teen daughter, Dakota, by herself. However, unexpected
changes soon throw these women's lives into disarray, and the shop's
comfortable world gets shaken up like a snow globe. And when the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created: not just a knitting club, but a sisterhood.
Okay, I know what you're thinking. I'm so obsessed with knitting that I'm even reading books about it!
Well...yes and no. Did this book appeal to me because I love to knit? Sure. But do you have to know how to knit to enjoy it? Not at all. This book was awesome on so many levels, I almost don't know how to start this review!
The writing draws you in, but the story keeps you present. There are several characters in this book, and the author does a great job of weaving the story around them so you don't just know them, you come to love them as well.
It's full of amazing quotes - some that apply just to knitting, some that can be applied to life. For instance:
" 'One day you'll just find your fingers making the moves and your
brain will go to this deliciously soothing place, and all the knots in
your brain will unwind just as your fingers make knot after knot in the
yarn.' " (pg 161)
This is how I feel about knitting - when it clicked and I found myself making scarf after scarf - it was almost a second nature to me. (Granted, when I have to follow a pattern it can be a different story but you get my point!)
There was so much about growing up throughout this novel - and not just for Dakota, the young daughter. The adult relationships are really developed - friendship isn't always easy as an adult and this story shows how that can be turned into a blessing.
"It's a scary thing, when a person you admire is suddenly revealed to be absolutely, truly human." (pg 280)
There seemed to be inspiration around every corner - seriously, this book applies to so much of life!
" "...I'll let you know a little secret. We don't all love our jobs every day. And doing something you have a passion for doesn't make the work part of it any easier....it just makes you less likely to quit.' " (pg 306)
I'll leave you with my favorite:
"Wearing what you've made - This can be the most fun: to show off some funky scarf that reveals your inner cool. And other time it's just so hard to wear something that seems less than perfect or didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. But just put it on anyway; celebrate your hard work and your talent. And your love. Every knitter stitches with love, even when they're just starting, all red-faced and frustrated. Why else would we create? Especially in a world that doesn't need homemade anything. That's when we need homemade everything. It never matters if things don't end up just the way you planned. Every moment is a work in progress; every stitch is one stitch closer. There may be worse, but there is always better. When you wear something you've made with your own hands, you surround yourself with love, and all the love that came before you. The real achievement, you see, is being proud of what you've made." (last page of the book)
I know I didn't tell you a lot about the story itself, but I don't want to give anything away. The story is beautiful and heart-warming and made me cry. There are two more books that follow this one and at the end of the story I was glad to know that...because I wasn't ready to say goodbye to these characters yet.
Have you read The Friday Night Knitting Club (or anything else by Kate Jacobs)? Are there books you've read where you felt like it could apply to all aspects of your life?
(Psst - there's still time to send a love letter to Justin. Won't you please script one for him?)