Crocheting is something I’ve enjoyed for quite a while! I taught myself how to crochet while I was a grad school student, back in 2010. I became very good at it, making hats and scarves for friends and family. About two years ago, I had a wrist joint injury and needed to take time off from crocheting.
This was EXTREMELY hard for me! Next to writing, crocheting is something I’m passionate for! Thanks to a very good orthopedist and OT sessions, I’m beginning to crochet again. The process is slow (three rows a day), but paired with my hand exercises, there’s no pain!
My love of yarn crafting made me look up some books that feature people who both Knit and Crochet!
The Shop on Blossom Street is the 1st novel of the Blossom Street series. Macomber brings together a group of women in varying circumstances: a delinquent ordered to fulfill community service, a woman trying to call a truce with her daughter-in-law, and a young woman symbolizing her blanket project as a beacon of hope for her marriage. The common goal: bonding over a knitting project. Debbie Macomber beautifully tells the story of these three women as they learn how to be present for each other in the face of hardships.
When I first read ‘The Friday Night Knitting Club’, the yarn shop immediately made me think of The Yarn Company. This was a cute little shop for Knitters and Crocheters in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. I would regularly head there on my way to class to pick up the necessary tools needed for my projects. Sadly, the shop is now closed, but there are still many other locations in New York City to fulfill your yarn crafting needs!
Everything in The Friday Night Knitting Club was so heartwarming. It taught about the power of female friendships when one of their circle faces huge struggle. The mother-daughter relationship in the story was also very endearing.
So far these are the only ‘yarn-centered’ stories I’ve read, but I vow to read more on this topic! I’m definitely going to crochet some rows tonight!
Note: I crocheted the lovely bunny by following Susan Morishita’s ‘Bunny Cakes‘ pattern!