Christmas Letters

Christmas Letters is the fourth in the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber. Katherine O’Connor likes Christmas and writing Christmas letters for colleagues in a Blossom Street cafe. She is faced with a dilemma, therefore, when she meets a man who has fundamentally opposite views but whom she also finds irresistible.

Christmas Letters Debbie Macomber

Katherine O’Connor (or K.O. to her friends) leads a busy life at Christmas time in Seattle. Not only does she transcribe medical texts, but she also has a holiday sideline writing Christmas letters for people who are too busy to write their own. K.O. spends her mornings in the French Cafe on Blossom Street using her laptop to create a more exciting and interesting story out of people’s lives. [Read more…]

Fleece Navidad

Although Kelly Flynn is a relatively new knitter, she is keen to join her friends with a charity knitting project, in Fleece Navidad by Maggie Sefton. Kelly also must solve the unexpected death of one of her knitting companions, in the sixth of the Knitting Mystery series.

Caffeine addict, Kelly Flynn lives adjacent to the House of Lambspun in Fort Connor, Colorado knitting shop. This Christmas, Kelly and her fellow knitters are working on charity knitting projects. The local librarian, Juliet Renfrow, is organising the season’s good will venture to create knitted gifts and all of the regulars are helping out.

Fleece Navidad By Maggie Sefton

Juliet Renfrow is a quiet “little brown wren” of a woman who is known for her stunning handmade capes. Her creations have been in great demand in the lead up to Christmas. But Juliet also has another reason to be happy; she is in love! Juliet’s beau is Jeremy Cunningham, a retired university professor. The couple are the perfect match and are so sweet together. [Read more…]

The Thirteen Problems

How could I resist the very first tales about Miss Marple; the original murder mystery knitter who we have all come to know and love?

The Thirteen Problems is a collection of short stories by Agatha Christie. I decided that it was time for me to read them as they are almost 90 years old; they were first published individually in various monthly magazines between 1927 and 1931.

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie

As well as being the earliest tale about Miss Marple, the first story (The Tuesday Night Club) also introduces the writer Raymond West (Miss Marple’s nephew) and ex-police commissioner Sir Henry Clithering. [Read more…]

Three Bags Full

When their shepherd, George, is murdered, his flock believe that one of the villagers carried out the deed. And they are determined to uncover his killer. But to find the murderer means delving into the murky world of the humans, in Three Bags Full by Leonie Swann.

Three Bags Full

One beautiful morning, in the small Irish village of Glennkill, a shepherd’s body is discovered pinned to the ground by a spade. Now George Glenn was very good to his sheep (despite the fact that he wore sweaters made of Norwegian wool) and was a devoted shepherd. He even read stories to them each and every evening. And it is one of these tales, a detective story, which inspires his flock to discover who killed their beloved master. [Read more…]

The Knitting Circle

How does a mother cope with the loss of her child? The Knitting Circle, by Ann Hood, is a poignant story about tragedy, kindness and friendship.

The Knitting Circle

The story opens in September a few months after the death of Mary’s five year old daughter, Stella. Stella became ill with meningitis and died suddenly from a virulent strain of meningitis. Stella was the centre of Mary’s life. Now Mary’s life is falling apart. She feels paralysed and spends her days in a daze. Mary struggles even to get up out of her bed. Mary has a job writing reviews of books, restaurants and movies for a local newspaper in Providence, Rhode Island. But she seems to have lost the ability to write. She isn’t able to do simple daily chores like cooking or shopping. Everything she does reminds her of Stella and these thoughts are just too painful. [Read more…]

Patterns in the Sand

The Seaside Knitters aim to clear the name of Willow, a young artist, who is prime suspect in the murder of a local art gallery owner, in Patterns in the Sand by  Sally Goldenbaum.

Patterns in the Sand

When Willow Adams visits Izzy Chambers and the Seaside Knitters from Boston, to demonstrate fibre art, she is welcomed wholeheartedly by Izzy, Nell, Birdie and Cass.  Close to Izzy and Nell’s yarn shop in Sea Harbour, Maine is Canary Cove, a busy artist’s colony where a summer art festival is soon to get underway. The knitters see this as the perfect backdrop for showcasing Willow’s talents. [Read more…]

Death by Cashmere

A group of knitters, who meet in Izzy Chambers’ knitting shop in Sea Harbour, Massachusetts, set about solving the murder of their friend Angie, after the local police write it off as an accident, in Death by Cashmere by Sally Goldenbaum.

Death by Cashmere

Nell Endicott is thrilled when her 31 year old niece Izzy Chambers decides to move to Sea Harbour and set up a yarn shop beside the sea.  Izzy gave up her career as a defence attorney in Boston, aged thirty, and has carved out a success in something she really loves. [Read more…]

Friday Night Knitting Club Knit Two

The Friday Night Knitting Club Knit Two by Kate Jacobs follows the lives of Dakota, Catherine and company after the loss of their beloved club founder Georgia Walker.

Friday Night Knit Club Knit Two

It is five years after Georgia’s tragic death from ovarian cancer, but her yarn store, Walker and Daughter, and her knitting club have continued due to the friends she left behind. The remaining members of the Friday Night Knitting Club are of mixed age and backgrounds, but they are connected by Georgia and by the knitting club that she created in her shop. [Read more…]

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (the fifth of the series) Hermione Grainger begins her knitting hobby.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter is frustrated to be isolated at Privet Drive with no information about the outside world from any of his school friends. After witnessing the re-emergence of Lord Voldemort at the end of year four, Harry is irritated that he has no knowledge of what his nemesis is planning. Harry faces a year of torment and obstacles but when he finally faces the Dark Lord’s followers, he and his friends are barely prepared. [Read more…]

Spun by Sorcery

Imagine losing your home, your shop and your friends! Chloe Hobbs’s hometown has disappeared and in desperation she travels to Salem for answers, in Spun by Sorcery by Barbara Bretton.

Spun by Sorcery
The third in the Sugar Maple series follows immediately on from Laced with Magic. Chloe has finally managed to banish the Fae queen, Isadora. Unfortunately Chloe also seems to have expelled the whole town of Sugar Maple and all of its occupants as well! [Read more…]

Laced with Magic

Every thing is finally working out for Chloe Hobbs, half sorceress half human and mayor of Sugar Maple, Vermont. That is until her lover’s ex turns up claiming to be haunted by her dead child – in Laced With Magic by Barbara Bretton.

Laced with Magic by Barbara Bretton

As well as being mayor of Sugar Maple, Chloe is the owner of a celebrated knitting shop. The shop is so popular that at times Chloe has difficulty keeping up with requests for yarn. Chloe sometimes wonders if its popularity is due to some kind of spell that has been cast over it. Yes Sugar Maple is inhabited by supernatural creatures. And after years of waiting, Chloe has finally been able to find her magical powers. She has also managed to keep the residents of the town safe by banishing Isadora, a power hungry fae. [Read more…]

Dyer Consequences

Kelly Flynn and her friends are struggling to deal with acts of vandalism to their property when one of the customers of the House of Lambspun yarn shop is murdered, in Dyer Consequences, the fifth Knitting Mystery by Maggie Sefton.

Dyer Consequences 3

Kelly is an accountant who has recently arrived in Fort Connor in Colorado. She has discovered the joys of knitting and spends a lot of time with her new friends in the yarn store next door. What’s more, the House of Lambspun is attached to Kelly’s favourite coffee shop Pete’s. Kelly’s cottage was bequeathed to her by her aunt and she is now also the owner of a ranch in a nearby Bellevue canyon (complete with 15 alpacas). [Read more…]

Casting Spells – Sugar Maple Book 1

Sugar Maple is not the normal quiet New England village.  It is not just that the residents are all flawless or that the scenery is picture perfect.  All of the residents of Sugar Maple share a secret which the tourists could not guess at.  They all have magical powers.

Casting Spells by Barbara Bretton

All of the residents that is except for Chloe Hobbs. Chloe is the owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop in Sugar Maple. [Read more…]

A Killer Stitch

A review of A Killer Stitch, the 4th book in the Knitting Mystery series, by Maggie Sefton. Derek was a local alpaca ranch owner and, although Kelly Flynn did not know Derek himself, she is at once determined to find out who has murdered him.

A Killer Stitch by Maggie Sefton

Derek was well known around Fort Connor for loving and leaving the ladies and Kelly soon discovers that her new spinning instructor at the House of Lambspun, Lucy Adair, had been Derek’s latest conquest.   [Read more…]

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

No one can have escaped notice of the popularity of the Harry Potter books and films over the last few years. However, have you ever considered how many knitted items are prevalent in J K Rowling’s series? I thought that I’d read the second book in the series for the umpteenth time!!

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Despite warnings not to go back to school, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts to find that there is a threat to the students from a beast that has been held for decades in a hidden chamber somewhere within the school. [Read more…]

A Deadly Yarn

In the third Knitting Mystery book, Kelly Flynn investigates the death of Allison Dubois, a talented young “fibre artist” on the rise.

A Deadly Yarn book review

It is Autumn and Allison is about to make it big with a move to New York to take up a lucrative studio job as a designer with Sophia Emeraud.  But when Kelly and her friend Megan arrive at Allison’s apartment to take her to the airport, they find her lying dead by her packing boxes and office desk.  Allison had taken numerous sleeping pills and so the police do not suspect foul play. [Read more…]