Crafts · Knitting · Reading

“the knitting circle”, books, and knitting podcasts


I just finished this great book, “The Knitting Circle” by Ann Hood, and I wanted to share it with you. It is a very touching story about love, lost love,  knitting and its therapeutic benefits and friendships. This was a fast read and so enjoyable. I cried several times through it so consider that a fair warning; have hankies at the ready. It is so well written and gives you courage when you think you can’t put one foot in front of the other.

This is Ann Hood’s only knitting novel that I know of. Of course there is her fairly new book, “Knitting Yarns: Writers on Knitting” which I have also read and thoroughly enjoyed. Other books by her:

  1. Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine
  2. Waiting to Vanish
  3. Three Legged Horse
  4. Something Blue
  5. Places to Stay the Night
  6. The Properties of Water
  7. Ruby
  8. Do Not Go Gentle
  9. An Ornithologist’s Guide to Life: Stories
  10. An Italian Wife
  11. The Obituary Writer: A Novel
  12. The Red Thread: A Novel
  13. Comfort: A Journey Through Grief

Two of my favorite things: knitting and reading. How many of you listen to audio books? I haven’t gotten into this much yet, I still enjoy holding the actual thing and flipping the pages. Call me old fashioned, but it just seems more authentic and enjoyable. Of course, you can’t knit at the same time you are holding a book but then there is always finding a way to prop it up, right? I do love to listen to knitting podcasts while I knit (Stitcher is a great venue for this). Here is my list of favorites:

  1. Cast On by Brenda Dane (even though she has stopped recording new programs, her long list of archived shows are wonderful).
  2. Electric Sheep (Hoxton Handmade) (she also has seemingly ceased to record new shows, but again listen to her archives).
  3. imake by Martine, a Guernsey girl who talks about all of her craft exploits.
  4. Craft Lit by Heather Ordover – a great place to hear narration of classic novels as well as Heather talk about various subjects including knitting.
  5. Never Not Knitting by Alana Dakos who gives us her knitting updates, projects she is working on, tips, etc. as well as offering guest speakers from time to time.
  6. A Playful Day by a London girl, very enjoyable, lots of knitting talk and love that British accent!

Any other podcasts out there I should know about? Do let me know, I would appreciate it! Happy Tuesday!

xoxo Shannon