Book report: CanLit Knit


The people (clockwise): Emma’s hands (she somehow didn’t quite make it in the shot), Allegra, Katie, Jeanne, me, and Carrie. We’re less red in person. (photo taken by Carrie’s boyfriend – thank you!)

The first CanLit Knit book/knitting club was yesterday and it was great. We basked in the sun on a rooftop patio, drank beer, knit, and talked books (and knitting, and Toronto, and, well, about lots of things.) I‘ll be writing about our book pick Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner later this week, so all I will say for now is that opinion was divided.

The knitting: Emma’s socks (red), Allegra’s blanket, Katie’s top, and my sock .(Jeanne’s yarn bombing is missing because she was worried about missing her train, and I didn’t think to get one until we were all leaving).

As for the knitting, everyone but Carrie brought some (she was balanced out by Emma who brought knitting, but hadn’t read the book). Allegra was knitting a baby blanket (this one, I think); Emma was knitting socks; Katie was knitting the Cap Sleeve Lattice Top, and we were all in love with her colour choices; Jeanne was knitting her first yarn-bombing, which was destined to become a bicycle seat cover for one of Mississauga’s public art bikes; and I was knitting the leftover socks (I’m almost ready to divide for the heel of sock number two).

I think it’s fair to say that fun was had by all,  and we’re planning to do it again in September. There’s no date yet, but I think we’re going to try another short story collection, possibly by Alice Munro (maybe Too Much Happiness, her most recent collection, but we haven’t made a definitive choice). If you couldn’t make it this time but really want to come in September, let either myself or Allegra know and we’ll make sure to keep you in the loop.

4 thoughts on “Book report: CanLit Knit

  1. Allegra

    Yes it was fun, and yes that’s the blanket I’m making! Looking forward to next time where I’ll hopefully be onto my Tanis Fiber Arts Sweater and I can ask for help from you in deciphering the pattern 🙂

  2. emmajenkin

    Ha! Love that my hands made it in the shop. Allegra lent me Better Living Through Plastic Explosives and I caught up on some of the stories. Really dug the one about art school – I *have* a dusty old copy of Gardner’s Art Through the Ages that she mentions!

    Looking forward to the next get together – so great to have met you all!

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      It is so much fun (and still going!). If you have a group of interested knitters, I’d say try to get it going again. We only meet every couple of months, which is lots of time to read a book (and have a new project on the needles). If you start one up, let me know!

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