Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Great Christmas Knit off

Five days of Christmas holiday (3 public holidays followed by a weekend) calls for a lot of Christmas movies in my world and every year I can add some new titles to the list. Cuddling up with a god Christmas book is also a favorite thing to do - was shopping on the internet for Katie Fforde's new Christmas book, when I discovered this one: The Great Christmas Knit off by Alexandra Brown.

Was a wee bit disappointed when I saw that the book cover was a less colorful version, that the one on the e-book - the red cover is totally Christmas..... but that was the only minus about the book.

.....and some people have a cup of tea when they need cheering up, but I find there's nothing better than the comforting, repetitive click-clack of the needles and the feel of the wool looping over my index finger to make everything feel alright.....

Sybil has been heart broken since being left at the altar by her fiancee that suddenly takes a fancy at her twin sister instead. She has since been in a knitting frenzy to stay mentally healthy but when a "cock-up of the century" occurs at her job, she decides that it is time to take a few days off to visit her friend, Cher. She needs the change of scenery.

She is immediately enthralled by the the village Tindledale (which seems to come right out of a Dickens' story spiced with a dash of reference to Jane Austen's Mr. Darcy and Benedict Cumberbatch) where she encounters Hettie's House of Haberdashery. The haberdashery is in financial problems and it lights the creative sparkle in Sybil who dreams of making a living using her creative skills so she offers to help Hettie.... by knitting Christmas sweaters (!!??!! now that really made me smile).

Amazing how Christmas sweaters are considered as kitch in some places, and a natural element of the holiday season in other places - we all remember Colin Firth in his Christmas sweater in Bridget Jones' Diary :) This is good holiday read.


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