Knitting Series: Knitting Novels

Let’s talk about books.

We’re going to switch gears here from my usual posts. Don’t worry, it’s still knitting related. But I wanted to talk about something different – books.

Specifically, craft themed books. For me, this mostly means a knitting theme, but I’ve found a love for quilt themed books as well.

I’ve found, much to my surprise, a plethora of novels and series with various crafts as a defining factor of the book. Teenage me, who couldn’t imagine reading anything that wasn’t sci-fi or fantasy, would be shocked (and a little horrified) to know how much I enjoy these books.

The majority of books with knitting themes that I’ve discovered, however, tend to be murder mysteries. Some of these series have a dozen or more books in them, which would result in plenty of reading material for me, if only I could get into them. Unfortunately, although I can get behind a cheesy crime drama on television, I just can’t seem to develop any love for all these mysteries. Maybe I’ll come around when I get older, as I did with romances.

The series’ that I have to tell you about today are not mysteries, they are for the most part romances, but they are some of my all time favorite books.

Here are my top 3 favorite crafting related books/series.

3) Kilts and Quilts

Obviously this one is not a knitting related novel. It’s a series of seven books (so far) about a tiny little town in northern Scotland called Gandiegow. The first book in the series is called To Scotland with Love.

The series is by Patience Griffin, and it can get unbelievably cheesy, but they’re some of the most cozy, endearing books I’ve ever read. This series has actually inspired me to get into sewing again, which Taylor has been trying to help me do for ages! I intend to sew at least one quilt this year, and I’m going to be listening to these audiobooks while I do it.

Each book follows the story of two individuals. Throughout the book, the writing switches back and forth in perspective between the main guy and girl, which is a feature that I particularly enjoy. Each female character either learns to quilt, or is already a pro at the craft. And all the men are either fisherman or some other kind of gruff manly man (I did say that they were cheesy). They are all romance novels though, so they can get a little risqué, be warned.

2) How to Knit a Love Song

This one was actually one of the first knitting novels I’ve ever read. By Rachael Herron, it’s another romance novel.

This is the first book in a series, and I have read the series, but I like this book best of all, and it can stand alone perfectly well.

How to Knit a Love Song is about Abigail, a big city girl who moves to a farm in Northern California when she inherits a cottage from a recently deceased friend. In so doing, she finds herself with no choice but to live with her friend’s nephew, Cade, who’s none too pleased about sharing his home.

I love this book in particular because of how much the main character loves all things fiber. Her enthusiasm is contagious, in my opinion, along with her bravery.

I should mention a trigger warning for this one. By moving upstate, Abigail is escaping a stalker from her past, and the flashbacks, as well as some of the action later on, can be intense.

1) The Friday Night Knitting Club

This number one crafting novel is not only number one in this list, but my number one all time favorite book. I typically listen to this on audiobook, though I own a physical copy as well, and I will read it at least once a year.

The Friday Night Knitting Club follows the stories of six women, ranging in age between college student to grandmother, finding their way in New York City.

The main character, Georgia, owns the yarn shop where all the women meet on Friday nights. She’s a single mother, dealing with the sudden reappearance of her daughter, Dakota’s, father.

Anita, Georgia’s grandmotherly friend, confidant, and first patron, still feels the loss of her husband, although it’s been many years since he passed. She is trying to make sense of the guilt and wonder of falling in love again in her 70s.

Peri is one of Georgia’s employees, a college age student who doesn’t want to follow the path that her parents are insisting that she take.

KC is an ex-editor, having to deal with sudden unemployment caused by the recession. Too experienced to get a job in her old field, KC wrestles with the sudden changes in her life, including the onset of menopause.

Lucie is a struggling TV producer in her 40s, suffering from insomnia and a bit of a mid-life crisis. Realizing that she has to take hold of her future, she makes some decisions that will change her life forever.

Finally, Darwin is a feminist graduate student with a thesis that’s rather contrary to the other knitters of the book. She attends the Club for research purposes (only research, she always insists), but soon finds support from the other members that she never knew she needed.

In case you couldn’t tell by the extensive description for this one, I’m a little obsessed with this book. The ending is extremely unexpected, but the next two books in the series, Knit Two and Knit the Season (which takes place at Christmas), really help tie up loose ends and make for an extremely satisfying and heartwarming read.

I hope you’ve found a little inspiration to check out some new crafting novels, and I’ll see you again in a few days!

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