Knitting in Novels: Knit Lit

I love reading.  I love knitting.  But do I love reading about knitting?   Eh… not really, but maybe I just haven’t found the right book yet.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good book, and I love a good knitting cameo.  But, “Knit Lit” is something that hasn’t really appealed to me.  Maybe because the knitting books tend to be a little girly and “nice”, and I like my novels with dragons, or robots, and at least a little grizzly murder.

But I have dipped my toe in the Knit Lit pool.  And, it seems to me that Knit Lit books tend to show up in one of a couple categories:

Cozy mysteries:

4cd7db7732f63ce572fb3ebb3c1d1f0b[1]These are mysteries, certainly.  And there is definitely murder involved, but it’s not grizzly, and there’s very little real peril involved.  I know it’s weird to say, but they’re actually pretty “nice” murders.  I listened to Knit One, Kill Two a while ago, and it was pleasant enough, a fun little book, but nothing terribly exciting.  I imagine it would be perfect reading if I was feeling under the weather.


thCA1Q6B4SThese are the sort of “overworked single mother learns to take back her life and get her groove back while making a cool sweater” type of stories.  Of course, there’s nothing wrong with these, either.  I read Sweater Quest years ago, and actually quite liked it.  It wasn’t just about knitting and self-growth, but it was also about the designer Alice Starmore, who is a character in every sense of the word.

The Serious Novel:

45f173cab7fae6842d880b2ae1ff263d[1]I admit, I haven’t gotten up the guts to read The Knitting Circle yet.  I love me some murder, mayhem, and violence in my books, but you give me a book that starts out with a dead baby and a grieving mother, and…oof.  That’s a tough sell for me.  But, it’s been sitting on my shelf for years, so I’ll probably get around to reading it some day.  But today is not that day.  (I have heard it’s good, though.)

Paranormal Romance:

dbe01b68d5ef974817ec3b5a533f9edd[1]Total confession time:  I just bought this book while researching knitting books on Amazon.  It’s probably terrible, and it’s definitely not something I would usually read.  But, look at that cover!  It’s ridiculous!  And read this synopsis from Amazon:

“Sugar Maple looks like any Vermont town, but it’s inhabited with warlocks, sprites, vampires, witches, and an ancient secret. And Chloe Hobbs, owner of Sticks & String, a popular knitting shop, has a big secret too. She’s a sorcerer’s daughter in search of Mr. Right, and she’s found him in Luke MacKenzie, a cop investigating Sugar Maple’s very first murder. Bad news is he’s 100% human, which could spell disaster for a normal future with a paranormal woman like her.”

Amazing right?  I’ll have to read it and give you a review.

So, do you read any Knit Lit?  Or do you stay away?  What’s your favorite knitting-related book?

3 thoughts on “Knitting in Novels: Knit Lit

  1. Staci P.

    I enjoyed “Friday Night Knitting Club” and I read Debbie Macomber books. But I don’t seem to have time to knit or read much!

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