Knitting Author:Anne Bartlett "Spinning, weaving, knitting, all part of the long tradition of women's work, skills that had survived even the efficiency of the industrial revolution. Why did people still do it?" — It's been ten months since Jack died. For his widow, Sandra, a tightly wound teacher who thinks long and hard about such questions, the months hav... more »e tested her belief that she can continue her ordered life without Jack. She feels as though she's covered in ice-cold glass and will never be warm again. Knitting is the story of what happens when Sandra meets a woman who is her polar opposite on a sidewalk when they both stop to help a man in distress. While Sandra"s grief has constrained her spirit, Martha -- who lost her husband years before -- appears to wear her grief lightly. Sandra's talent for the domestic arts lies in studying them; Martha is a brilliantly gifted knitter, a self-educated artist.
When Sandra persuades Martha to help her mount an exhibition of retro and contemporary knitting, the two women's lives tangle, with astonishing ramifications. What begins as a professional collaboration becomes something transformative and deeply personal. Anne Bartlett weaves a story that is seamless in its exploration of healing, grace, and the search for meaning, both within oneself and in the larger community. Readers will find much to admire in Sandra's struggle to break out of her shell and much to wonder at in Martha's visionary spirit. Knitting marks the debut of a writer whose work puts her in the company of writers such as Carol Shields, Barbara Kingsolver, and Louise Erdrich.« less
This is no Friday Night Knitting Club. Thankfully the book is short and a quick read. It is just odd and the characters are not loveable. In terms of "rooting" for the characters, I found myself "rooting" for the book to end.
A lovely story with quirky characters. Great for a rainy day read. There is some knitting terminology throughout the story, but even non-knitters should find this story quite enjoyable. So beautifully written that it's difficult to believe this is Barlett's first book.
Knitters and non-knitters alike will enjoy this look into the lives of women helping each other. Bartlett explores the spiritual and emotional lives of the characters using knitting as a metaphor for the problems and joys we all face in life.
This book was a sweet, easy-read kind of book. The story is set in Australia and tells the tale of two ladies who meet quite by chance and the relationship that develops from there. I enjoyed the simple and direct style of the story and the author's ability to make me "see" the characters and their personalities.