Title: The Knitting Circle 

Author: Ann Hood

Category: Women’s Fiction

Source: Borrowed from library 

Review by Candy

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Mary Baxter is devastated when her only child dies suddenly. At a loss for what to do with all the time that had been devoted to her daughter, Mary is encouraged to learn how to knit. Mary scoffs at the idea at first but when she finally joins a knitting circle, she slowly begins to heal. As the members of the group each teach Mary a new skill and tell their stories, Mary realizes she is not alone in her grief. But will she heal in time to save her marriage which is on the verge of collapse?

For those of you that have read my reviews in the past, you already know that the other hobby I am passionate about is knitting. I am a self taught knitter having learned how to cast on and do the knit stitch from my sister one vacation and learning the rest from YouTube videos. About four years ago, I wandered into my local yarn store and discovered that there was a Wednesday night knitting group, which worked perfectly with my work schedule. Since joining that group I have made some wonderful new friends and pushed myself to make more than just blankets and dish cloths, which is why this book resonated with me so well.

One of the aspects that Hood portrays so well in this book is the friendships that Mary makes in her knitting group. As you sit and knit, you start to talk and eventually share parts of yourself. The knitting group becomes your weekly therapy, that block of time that is just for you.
Hood does and excellent job of weaving in all of the stories of the knitters into one coherent tale. As each new background is revealed, I found myself becoming just as emotionally invested in the secondary characters as well as Mary.

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood is a standalone read. Hood has done a fantastic job of not only capturing knitting as a hobby but showing off the friendships within the group as well. If you enjoy women’s fiction, this book would be a good read for you.

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