Friday, September 30, 2005

Chicks with Sticks: It's a Purl Thing

Chicks with Sticks: It's a Purl Thing
by Elizabeth Lenhard, 2005

This book is sort of a "sisterhood of the traveling yarn" and a very enjoyable read.

Scottie cannot sleep. She has lost her beloved aunt and is grieving deeply. At the funeral a relative hands her a pair of knitting needles and teaches her to knit. Scottie is initially put off by the idea but soon finds the yarn calls to her. She finds a wonderful little knitting shop run by a remarkable woman who has a gift for matching up yarn and people. By the end of the evening three other girls from her high school have arrived at the shop and a circle of friends, "Chicks with Sticks" is born.

The girls come from very different backgrounds and are trying to find their place in high school. Both of Scottie's parents are consumed by her mother's art career and seemingly oblivious to their daughter. Amanda is the homecoming queen type but suffers from learning disabilities which undermine her confidence and her academics. The other two have their own problems and issues but they all find help and support through their knitting friendships. Despite their resolve it takes great courage for them to pull out their knitting at lunch time in the school cafeteria.

Lenhard obviously knows her knitting. She lovingly describes beautiful yarns including the colors, textures and even the smell. The girls struggle with dropped stitches and projects that go horribly wrong but their fingers have the knitting itch.

Lenhard has included knitting patterns at the end of the book. By the time you finish you will be yearning to pick up some knitting or learn how to knit.

This book sent my daughter and me to the store yesterday. We bought knitting needles and squeezed yarn balls until we found the ones that "called" to us. We have big plans.


Kelly said...

When you first mentioned this book in the midst of Rita, I thought it was going to be a hockey book! Imagine my surprise...

Thanks for the review.

Anonymous said...

This is my very favorite book!
I read it right when it came out, and I reread it every day.
I've gone through 8 copies!

Camille said...

I think Lenhard is coming out with a sequel. Are you a knitter?

Anonymous said...

I love this book! I got it from a book order very last school year and keep on rereading it. It's given me so many project inspirations!