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Monday
Jan292007

Friday Night Knitting Club - the book

0399154094.01._SS500_SCLZZZZZZZ_V33748994_.jpgI finished reading Friday Night Knitting Club last night. What a book! It made me laugh and it made me cry. I loved the characters, the relationships and the knitting shop.

This is the book that is in the works of becoming a movie, with Julia Roberts as the main character. The main character, Georgia, seems like a role that Julia Roberts would be great at. I look forward to hearing more about it soon.

If you want to order the book, just click on the photo of the book to your left, or scroll down through my list of recommended reading for a link to the Amazon Book Store: Kristin's Recommended Reading

Here are two editorial reviews from the order page:

From Publishers Weekly
Between running her Manhattan yarn shop, Walker & Daughter, and raising her 12-year-old biracial daughter, Dakota, Georgia Walker has plenty on her plate in Jacobs's debut novel. But when Dakota's father reappears and a former friend contacts Georgia, Georgia's orderly existence begins to unravel. Her support system is her staff and the knitting club that meets at her store every Friday night, though each person has dramas of her own brewing. Jacobs surveys the knitters' histories, and the novel's pace crawls as the novel lurches between past and present, the latter largely occupied by munching on baked goods, sipping coffee and watching the knitters size each other up. Club members' troubles don't intersect so much as build on common themes of domestic woes and betrayal. It takes a while, but when Jacobs, who worked at Redbook and Working Woman, hits her storytelling stride, poignant twists propel the plot and help the pacing find a pleasant rhythm. (Jan.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist
Georgia Walker's entire life is wrapped up in running her knitting store, Walker and Daughter, and caring for her 12-year-old daughter, Dakota. With the help of Anita, a lively widow in her seventies, Georgia starts the Friday Night Knitting Club, which draws loyal customers and a few oddballs. Darwin Chiu, a feminist grad student, believes knitting is downright old-fashioned, but she's drawn to the club as her young marriage threatens to unravel. Lucie, 42, a television producer, is about to become a mother for the first time--without a man in her life. Brash book editor KC finds her career has stalled unexpectedly, while brilliant Peri works at Walker and Daughter by day and designs handbags at night. Georgia gets her own taste of upheaval when Dakota's father reappears, hoping for a second chance. The yarn picks up steam as it draws to a conclusion, and an unexpected tragedy makes it impossible to put down. Jacobs' winning first novel is bound to have appeal among book clubs. Kristine Huntley
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

 

The book has two websites: http://www.walkeranddaughter.com   and   http://www.fridaynightknittingclub.com
 

 

Sunday
Jan282007

Little Ruffled Handbags - Knit and Crochet Versions

The Little Ruffled Handbags are quick and relatively easy projects. The construction is unique and it keeps the project interesting. And, each has a 'corckscrew' handle, which makes the strap less lightly to stretch out of shape.

This pattern includes both the knitted and crocheted versions. Here is what you will need:
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US6 (4mm) circular needles
metallic snap for clusure
1/2 yard fabric for lining

 

 

 

211509-651414-thumbnail.jpgCrochet version:
US H/8 (5mm) crochet hook
US D/6 (4mm) crochet hook (for strap)
metallic snap for closure
1/2 yard fabric for lining

Each handbag was designed to match its bolero counterpart. The pink handbag's ruffled trim is the same trim used on the Crochet Bolero and the blue handbag's ruffled rim is the same trim used on the Knit Bolero. If you already have one of these sweaters, then the matching handbag is a must!

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Crochet Bolero Pattern #P05112

Knit Bolero Pattern #P06108 

Saturday
Jan272007

New Alpaca Shawl Kits Available Now

We have a couple of new, fabulous shawl kits available:

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The extremely popular Six Petal Shawl Pattern can be made with Suri Elegance(100% Suri Alpaca laceweight). This is a luxurious fiber and a pleasure to knit with. The Shawl Kit is available here: Six Petal Suri Alpaca Shawl Kit 

 

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The decadent Paca de Seda yarn (80% baby alpaca, 20% silk) is the perfect choice for this Reversible Rectangular Shawl with Ruffled Border. The Shawl Kit is available here: Reversible Paca de Seda Shawl Kit 

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Glimmer Alpaca is a fingering weight baby alpaca yarn with a touch of holograph fiber for a little extra sparkle. The rectangular shawl is also reversible (a garter stitch base with eyelet rows) and has a very unique construction. If you can increase, work garter stitch (knit every row) and make (yo, k2tog), this project is for you. The Shawl Kit is available here: Rectangular Glimmer Shawl Kit