Saturday, June 25, 2011

I guess I've been MIA for some time - sorry about that. Donna called to check in - which was very thoughtful - thanks, Donna. Not a whole lot going on really except that I seem to have been bitten by the reading bug and the crafting side of me has been lying dormant for a number of weeks. I guess that's not really unusual, I tend to go back and forth and since I am pretty limited in my free time, I end of having to choose one or the other.

So I've been reading a bunch and frequenting the libraries a lot. Today we went over to the Joliet Public Library on Black Road. Wow! The place is huge and very well used by its patrons. They even have a cafe inside - The Book and Bean. Have you ever?

Summer reading for me is usually mindless, beachy stuff or travelogues for the most part. Though I am currently reading "The Last Coyote" by Michael Connelly. Totally not my normal selection but a friend read it and mentioned that there was a scene in the book set at The Sandbar in Anna Maria Island. So I had to pick up a copy. Not a bad read - police detective stuff - but I am looking forward to getting back to my girlier selections.

And to that end, I have to say, I am somewhat bothered by the hugely disproportionate number of knitting novels that exist compared to their ugly stepsister - the crochet novel. If you look up 'knitting novel' on Amazon you get 15 pages of results - all stemming from the Kate Jacobs, Friday Night Knitting Club from a few years ago. The same search with 'crochet' results in zero entries, although it did return some novel written by Albert Crochet. Seriously. Since I am not a knitter, I feel slighted by the lack of crochet popularity in the world of fiction. The market is ripe for someone to write one - just sayin.

In the meantime, anyone read a good knitting novel that they want to recommend? Or for that matter, just a good novel?


  1. I don't have any suggestions for knitting novels, but I have two cooking inspired novels you might be interested in - Peppermint Twisted by Sammi Carter and The Teaberry Strangler by Laura Childs. Unfortunately, they're both mysteries, so I don't know if that's really up your alley.
    One of my favorite novels of all time is West with the Night by Beryl Markham. She was a pilot, and flew over Africa in her little one seater airplane. It reads sort of like a travelogue.

  2. Thanks. I'll add those to my long list of checkouts.

  3. I think it's because knitting is always more popular. Especially with the newly cool saying of "stitch-n-bitch". Crochet just doesn't have the same ring to it like knitting.

    But yes, my frustration is not with the reading but with the fact that a lot of places around here have "stitch-n-bitch" sessions....for knitting only. Helllllo.....there is more to the yarn world. :)

    Though I would succumb to the knitting bug if I could ever figure out how to do it. Just cause the needles look so cool. :P

  4. I have been trying to divide my time between work, crocheting, reading, working on a quilt and housework. As a result I'm not getting much of anything done.


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