Knit One Girl Two by Shira Glassman is a novella featuring ladies who love ladies, knitting, and cats! What more could a girl ask for?
Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations–if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon’s paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork…
Fluffy Jewish f/f contemporary set in the author’s childhood home of South Florida.
As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve been having some difficulties lately with my mental health, and when I picked this up I was really looking for a light, fluffy read. I am very happy to say that Knit One Girl Two was exactly what I needed – this book is certifiably ADORABLE, and really made me smile.
First of all, if you see me trying to dye my own wool, blame this book. What a fantastic hobby! I’m a knitter at heart (my attempts at crochet at the moment aren’t going very well, but I shall persist!) and I love books that talk about very specific crafty hobbies. The fact that I am also interested in wool and the ways it can be knitted up immediately made the book appeal to me, though I do think that if you’re not a crafter, you should be okay. The idea of an LGBT+ knitting group is enough to make anyone squee! I’m really tempted to set up my own LGBT+/mental health crafter group now.
It is also very interesting in that both Clara and Danielle are Jewish. I’ve never read a book with Jewish main characters before – I really must make a more focused effort there. Whilst this wasn’t central to the book, I found it fascinating when they talked about keeping kosher, and specifically about some of their favourite foods. I really want to try some of it!
Again, like many of the other books I’ve read recently, I do wish that this was longer. I felt like we’d only just scratched the surface of Clara and Danielle’s relationship and knitty hijinks! I’m definitely going to be reading more of Shira Glassman in the future.
NB: This is my choice for practicing Jewish MC in the Diversity Bingo 2017.