Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Good Reads from Library Knitting Circle

During the cold winter months, a group of knitters have been gathering at the Marshall Library to share their love of needlework and books. The “Book ‘n Stitchers” group is made up of novices and "pros" and, on any given afternoon, you can find them helping each other with projects and enjoying their new friendships. This is what a knitting circle is all about!

There has been a growing interest in needlework crafts, and most specifically knitting. Libraries and book stores now reflect that interest, as they feature many titles highlighting knitting and the bonds that it fosters.

Knitting by Anne Bartlett was one of the earliest of these published works. This book tells the story of two women who are drawn together by their love of knitting as they help each other overcome grief and loss. Knitters often describe the spirituality of the knitting process and the sisterhood that it inspires.

A series that continues to be very popular is The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. In these three books, a group of friends gather for their weekly knitting club at a small yarn shop in Manhattan and share challenges such as raising children and issues with careers and relationships.

The Jo Mackenzie series by Gil McNeil is set in England. Jo Mackenzie leaves London after a personal tragedy and moves, with her two boys, to her seaside hometown. She takes over her grandmother’s knitting shop and gathers with a group of quirky, lively women who soon become known as the “Stitch and Bitch” group. This is a light, and fun filled series.

The ever popular Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber begins with
The Shop on Blossom Street. When a cancer survivor, and owner of A Good Yarn
starts a knitting class for her patrons, she begins a series of friendships and bonds with some very special people.

For those of you who like a good mystery, you might try the Knitting Mystery series by Maggie Sefton. Set in Colorado, these are mysteries solved with the help of the regulars at House of Lambspun. And while speaking of mysteries, remember that Agatha Christie’s, Miss Marple, knits her way through every one of her cases.

Some of the books that have been mentioned are available on CD. Listening to books has become increasingly popular for commuters and travelers. Our knitters have found CDs an enjoyable way to “read” while they are knitting. One highly recommended CD is Knitting Memories: Reflections on the Knitters Life. This is a collection of moving stories on the importance of knitting in our lives. Knitters have commented that this is a delightful audio book that has enriched their knitting experience.

The “Book ‘n Stitchers” group meets at the John Marshall Library on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Stitchers are invited to bring their knitting and crochet projects to share tips, tricks and ideas. All ages are invited and novice stitchers are welcome. Call or e-mail Deborah Cosby, (540) 422-8525, for more information.

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