Saturday, 19 April 2008

Friday Night Knitting Club giveaway

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.

Please please please make sure you either leave an email address or have your email address enabled in your blogger profile or select the option to be kept informed of follow up comments. I'll post the winner on Monday or Tuesday.

Good luck!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ohh I'd love to be in the running for that book - i have heard so many good reviews, and the name alone, makes me want to start a Friday night crafting group!
Kylie

Ali said...

I loved the FNKC for excactly the reasons you described. Would love the chance to get my mitts on her second.

Stomper Girl said...

I'm always up for a giveaway!!!

Janet said...

me too, I'll put my hand up, sounds like a good tram read!

Anonymous said...

I'm a new knitter but utterly obsessed (you should see the state of my house). My family are somewhat startled by this development in my previously un-zen personality and strangely unsympathetic to the cause. I would love a therapeutic FNKC read!

Tania

Helen Morgan said...

This seems an opportune occasion to leave my first comment on your blog! I have a couple of friends who don't knit or can't remember how (including my second oldest friend who's a he - cool!) and I'm thinking of starting up a Saturday afternoon knitting club!

SadieandLance said...

I love it when a book leaves you feeling like you're living it. I got that feeling from The Time Traveller's Wife. I've been wanting to read the FNKC for a while now, love your account of how it made you feel. Can't wait to have a read now!

Kyla said...

I've almost picked that book up a few times. Free sounds great

superminx said...

I would spend more time doing if I didn't spend so much time reading about doing; novels, blogs, craft books (or craft porn as my beloved and I refer to my obsession to look at blogs and flickr). Sounds like a great read. I can't actually go to sleep without reading a couple of pages first - drives my darling nuts if I wake up in the middle of the night!) :-) So count me in!

QWERTY said...

I tried borrowing this book from my library and i'm #68 in line! It could take me forever to read this book it you don't pick me! (:
thanks for the contest

ClaireP said...

Ooo! a giveaway! count me in :)
x

Geek+Nerd said...

This book sounds incredibly fun - count me in! My e-mail address is sarah at geekxnerd dot com

Lilli boo said...

I have lurked long enough now on your site..now is the time to comment and say whilst the ensuing eye on the prize...How much I appreciate your blog..the way you write complimented with great pictures and how you can touch that raw nerve in all of us with a resounding "yes"..Thak you regardless of the book prizer..glad I finally have commented!

Linda said...

I wish I had something like that club actually -- I love to have my hands busy while socializing. I love the quote from the book's site: "Everyone has to knit while they're here. But not everyone has to use yarn." Wonderful!

Lozzy said...

Hi Sooz,
Lauren here, I guess it's hard to find yourself in a charecter sometimes.I am sometimes torn between the adolescent me and the adult me in books. I am currently writing a novel about my experience of being a younger mum. I am sure down the track I may have to write a novel on the famous crafting weekends. I am sure it would be a hit..at least among crafters anyway!

meg said...

put my name in the hat!

Anonymous said...

Hi, would love to have a copy of that book.

Christine

trashalou said...

It is impossible to not love the Friday Night Knitting Club. I didn't realise there was another one in the offing - how exciting.
Count me in!

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, I love to craft, love to read, and of course, love giveaways! FNKC sounds inspirational.

Mirjam

Nic said...

A novel based in the world of crafters sounds wonderful. Why should we miss out. Count me in on a chance to win, please.

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