I had plucked the CDs almost at random from our local library. Audio CD – tick. Knitting in the title – tick. While I'm normally a little more selective when it comes to the literature I'm going to read, this was my first time borrowing an audio CD and I was just thrilled to have found something knitting related.
After saying goodbye to my boys and leaving them and their "Thomas the Tank Engine" CDs in the care of my parents, I began the business of some "grown-up" listening. And oh my word, it really is grown-up. I think that I'd been expecting some light-hearted knitting chat – you know, the kind that often accompanies a group of women knitting, particularly women that only really know each other through the knitting. That's not to say that the conversation is always superficial, it's just that us wily women can be cautious about revealing our souls to strangers.
And yes, this feeling was reflected in the book – but so also were the intimate, highly personal, highly emotive secret-tellings between the women. If I hadn't been driving, I'm sure that I would have wept at times. Yet this is also a knitting novel, and discussions on yarn and techniques were scattered throughout. If I hadn't been driving, then I would have picked up my needles to try a few.
I've just stumbled across Ann's webpage and found a little background to her writing – here's the link in case you'd like to see it too. Thank you Ann, as a knitter and a mother who has grieved, your book touched me on many levels.