Title: Knit Two
Author: Kate Jacobs
Release Date: November 25, 2008
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5
From the dust jacket:
The sequel to the number-one New York Times bestseller The Friday Night Knitting Club, Knit Two returns to Walker and Daughter, the Manhattan knitting store founded by Georgia Walker and her young daughter, Dakota. Dakota is now an eighteen-year-old freshman at NYU, running the little yarn shop part-time with help from the members of the Friday Night Knitting Club.
Drawn together by the sense of family the club has created, the knitters rely on one another as they struggle with new challenges: for Catherine, finding love after divorce; for Darwin, the hope for a family; for Lucie, being both a single mom and a caregiver for her elderly mother; and for seventysomething Anita, a proposal of marriage from her sweetheart, Marty, that provokes the objections of her grown children.
As the club’s projects—an afghan, baby booties, a wedding coat—are pieced together, so is their understanding of the patterns underlying the stresses and joys of being mother, wife, daughter, and friend. Because it isn’t the difficulty of the garment that makes you a great knitter: it’s the care and attention you bring to the craft—as well as how you adapt to surprises.
This review contains spoilers of The Friday Night Knitting Club – if you haven’t read it, please don’t proceed!
I enjoyed The Friday Night Knitting Club and was really curious about its sequel, Knit Two. I approached this book with some trepidation though. How would Knit Two fare without Georgia, the beloved main character?
I was surprised to learn that Knit Two was actually still about Georgia, even though she passed away at the end of the first novel. In a lot of ways, this book was about coming to terms with Georgia’s death, especially for Dakota and James. It’s set five years after the first book, but those years haven’t lessened the pain of losing Georgia any; if anything, they have become lost without her, not quite sure how to proceed in their lives.
My favorite story in this was probably Anita’s. In these books, she is portrayed as the perfect matronly figure. It was nice to see her acknowledge a mistake she made in her past and try to rectify it. (I want to clarify: it’s not that I liked seeing her make mistakes or anything like that, it’s just that I enjoyed seeing her face a difficult situation from her past and conquer it with as much grace and dignity as she has shown throughout these books.)
I definitely sympathized with Catherine the least, and I can’t really put my finger on why. I think I found her to be somewhat shallow. Also, she treated people badly, but then expected them to be there for her when she needed them. I understand that in some ways, she still hadn’t recovered from Georgia’s death, but I just wasn’t sure what to make of her.
Knit Two is definitely a solid novel that fans of the original will enjoy. Is it as good as The Friday Night Knitting Club? Probably not. In fact, I probably wouldn’t read it without having read the first novel. But if you have read the first novel, definitely read this one!