Monday, May 23, 2005

A Good Yarn

I just finished the book A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber. It is her second book about yarn store owner Lydia and her shop of the same name. In her first book The Shop on Blossom Street she opens the yarn store and starts a beginning knitting class. The project was a baby blanket. You learn about the lives of the women in the class, their trials and tribulations. As you read you'll see how knitting and the company of knitters help get each character through challenging times in their lives. In the second book there's a new class -- a sock class this time and 3 new women. Debbie Macomber has a way with getting the reader to sympathize with her characters almost immediately. It's a light and enjoyable read and just like the first book, I couldn't put it down. Each book also contains the pattern that the classes are knitting, a baby blanket by Ann Norling and socks by Nancy Bush and some of the chapters have quotes from various fiber artists. Leisure Arts is coming out with companion knitting books for each of the novels, Knit along: The Shop on Blossom Street and Knit Along: A Good Yarn, both due out soon.

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