A few weeks ago, I shared a list of 6 enchanting novels about knitting.
I had a lot of fun putting that list together, and I found a few new series to follow. My summer reading list is filling up already! But once I shared it, something even better happened. People started chiming in with their favorite books for knitters (and one or two books involving crocheters. We’ll allow it). It seems that knitters are, for the most part, avid readers as well.
I understand this completely. You can do both from the comfort of your own home, with a nice glass of wine or hot tea nearby. They’re both excellent activities to help you unwind at the end of the day. They both invite discussion – you can talk about your knitting in a crafting group or…well…here. I love to hear about what you’re doing. And you can talk about books with other people as well – I’m headed to my own book club tonight. Though, to be fair, we rarely talk about the actual book. I’m not sure why we still call it a Book Club. We should call it a Delicious Junk Food and Wine Drinking Club that Occasionally Goes to the Movies and Once to an Escape Room That No One Could Solve Club. But that’s too long and “book club” makes us sound smart.
So, if you haven’t seen the original 6 enchanting novels about knitting, be sure to add those to your list along with the following books for knitters that come recommended by fellow readers.
1.) Knit Together: Discover God’s Pattern For Your Life by Debbie Macomber – One reader commented that she prays over the person she’s knitting for as she works – what a lovely idea! She also recommended this book. Although I mentioned a fictional Debbie Macomber book in the last post – she has several about knitters in quaint villages – this is a nonfiction book that draws on Psalm 139 to encourage women to knit themselves into God’s purpose for their lives. She relates her own journey and writes of how God has created everyone with a worthy purpose.
2.) Death by Cashmere: A Seaside Knitters Mystery by Sally Goldenbaum – Another cozy mystery series I want to start. After Izzy Chambers opens a knitting shop in sleepy Sea Harbor, Massachusetts, a group of women forms the Seaside Knitters club. But when Izzy rents the apartment above her shop to an unpopular woman who later turns up dead, the Seaside Knitters don’t buy the official conclusion that the death was an accident and begin an investigation of their own.
3.) Dead Men Don’t Crochet by Betty Hechtman – This is actually the second in a series that starts with Hooked on Murder but I liked the name of this one better. Molly is a bookstore event manager, living in Tarzana, California. She meets her crochet group in the first book, and in this second novel, a member of the group is suspected of murder. It’s up to Molly and her fellow crocheters to pick up the dropped stitches…and clues…to catch the real killer.
4.) Grey Mask (The Miss Silver Mysteries) by Patricia Wentworth – The Miss Silver Mysteries were written around 1910 about a retired governess with a passion for Tennyson and knitting who opens her own private investigator business. One reader pointed out this was pretty progressive for a woman of that era. The books may be hard to find at your local library but are available on Amazon. Miss Silver is described as “the definitive embodiment of the English style of cozy mysteries,” and I really want to try this series, too!
5.) Unraveled Sleeve (The Needlecraft Mysteries) by Monica Ferris – From the Amazon description: “The art of needlecraft requires patience, discipline, and creativity. So, too, does the art of detection. Just ask Betsy Devonshire—who’s learning that life in a small-town needlecraft shop can reveal an unexpected knack for knitting…and a hidden talent for unraveling crime.”
6.) Neanderthal Seeks Human (Knitting in the City Series) by Penny Reid – a few readers recommended this to me as a funny, knitting-related romance series. From the Amazon book description: “There are three things you need to know about Janie Morris: 1) She is incapable of engaging in a conversation without volunteering TMTI (Too Much Trivial Information), especially when she is unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her more than Quinn Sullivan, and 3) She doesn’t know how to knit.” The book follows Janie after an exceptionally bad day, during which she loses her apartment, her job, and her boyfriend, one right after the other.
7.) Yarn Harlot: The Secret Life of a Knitter by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee – a humorous collection of essays on the joys and heartbreaks of knitting. The author relates the trials of making an enormous afghan that requires a whopping 30 balls of wool (I can’t even imagine!), having a husband with size-13 feet who loves hand-knit socks, and how she earns her “yarn harlot” title…because she’ll quickly drop an old project for the fresh saucy look of a new interesting yarn. Sounds spot-on.
Do you have a favorite novel? I’d love to hear about it! I’m loving this book discussion series…