fridaynight“Knit and Purl.  These stitches are the fundamentals of knitting and are the basis of every garment.  The knit stitch is a series of flat, vertical loops that produces a knitted fabric face, the purl stitch is its reverse.  One side is smooth, the other bumpy.  Knit is what you show the world; purl is the soft, nubbly underside you keep close to the skin.” – p 149

This is the story of Georgia Walker.  Georgia has managed to become the owner of a small successful yarn store in New York while raising her daugher, Dakota, without Dakota’s father.  Through the years, she’s gathered several irreplaceable girl-friends who have formed an impromptu knitting club which meets weekly at Georgia’s shop.  While drastically different in personality and position in life, each of these women care deeply for Georgia, Dakota, and the other members of the group – although they may not realize it.

Things begin to slide apart for Georgia when first her daughter’s father (and the only man to ever shatter her heart) shows up wanting more time with his daughter, and then her former best friend decides to rekindle their friendship in a slightly threatening manner.  Terrified she is going to lose her daughter to the flashy and charming James, Georgia does all she can to hold on to Dakota without pushing her away at the same time.  And as for her former friend, Kat, nobody really understands what is going on with Kat.  Does she simply want to flaunt her wealth and status or is it something more?

This book has been recommended to me over and over, even by perfect strangers, who have seen me knitting out in public.  I think that some people simply assume that if you’re a knitter you will love this book based on the fact that there are knitters in it.  Or the word “knitting” in the title.  They are wrong.  You don’t have to be a knitter to love this book.

While the craft is used heavily throughout the story, knowing knitting isn’t essential to understanding it.  This is more a book about realizing exactly what you’re blessed with than it is about knitting.  The author has managed to take several women who have not much in common and bring them together in a way which titanium-strength friendships.  They form a family, which may be centred around fiber on the outside but goes much deeper.  We learn so much about the Knitting Club member’s lives that we feel accepted and loved just as deeply as the other members for being a part of it.  Which, as a knitter, is something I can tell you happens regularly with knitters in general.  The craft of knitting, while seemingly innocuous to those who don’t understand it, is as deeply emotional as any other medium of art and has the ability to bring people together no matter how different they think they are from everybody else.

“The Friday Night Knitting Club” was written by Kate Jacobs and published in 2007.