I don't get to read much. There isn't much time, and the free time I do have is hotly contested. I could read on the commute to and from work, but that would seriously cut into my knitting time. I could go to bed early, but then I'd cut into the rest of my knitting time, my TV time, my everything but the kids time.
Almost all the reading I have done this year has been craft related. A kind of two for one use of my time when I can't decide between reading and making. And it disappoints me that pretty much all that craft reading is non-fiction. It saddens me that people like me don't feature much in fiction. I mean I might identify with a character's issues, emotional state or intellectual ponderings but any similarity stops there. They aren't juggling, and they aren't shelving other things to make time to make.
So it was with great joy that I picked up The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. A book about people who knit. About knitting as a form of pulling things together and crafting a life. About running a business and a family and making friends and sitting around a table sharing.
I don't want to give you a review of the story, to me the specifics were not as important as the feeling I got reading a book in which it was so easy to imagine myself stumbling in the door. Becoming a regular at the Friday night knit sessions held at Walker and Daughter. I'd be swapping recipes with Dakota and commiserating with the recently unemployed KC. I'd be fingering all that yarn and starting projects and wanting to just finish a row before I packed up and went home.
I'm hoping Kate's next novel, COMFORT FOOD, out from Putnam in May, will be similarly based in a world in which I can visualise myself. I might find it easier to squeeze in a little extra reading time if I felt I was vicariously planning a menu in the way the Friday Night Knitting Club almost made me feel like I'd finished knitting a whole outfit in the reading.
But the really exciting bit is that the publishers of Kate's book have offered up a brand new copy to one of my blog readers absolutely free - how cool is that? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post by the end of Sunday 27 April 2008 (aussie time). I'll select a winner at random.
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