Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Friday Night Knitting Club (Kate Jacobs)

Knitting is not just your grandmother's animal anymore. Over the course of the past few years, it seems like more and more people are taking up this hobby. Not only do they end up with a one-of-a-kind scarf (or if they are really good, a sweater), they can also relieve some stress in the process. Knitters say that there is something in the click of the needles that calms them down. I tried an "Absolute Beginner's Knitting Class", and unfortunately, I was the only one that did not leave the first class with a square. My perfectionist tendencies told me to never go back. Boy, do I admire knitters.

The Friday Night Knitting Club
is very character-driven. Jacobs takes her time in letting the reader get to know Georgia Walker, the owner of the knitting store "Walker and Daughter", who the plotline revolves around. Along the way, we meet Dakota, Georgia's daughter; James, the love of her life; Anita, her mentor; Cat, her longlost friend; and many others. Following the women of the "Club" as they begin to form friendships is both heartwarming and sad. I found myself most drawn to Gran, Georgia's beloved Scottish grandmother, and her no-nonsense wisdom.

If you hated the movie Steel Magnolias, you will hate this book. For some, the sweetness will be like nails on a chalkboard. However, if you are looking for something that will both warm your heart and break it, this is it.