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Knit One, Read One

October 18, 2011

Whenever the temperature begins to drop and the end of Daylight Saving Time is upon us, I tend to spend more and more nights cozying up on the couch with a cup of tea, alternating between a good book and my trusty pair of knitting needles. This year, instead of having to choose between reading and working on a new project, I came across the perfect solution that would allow me to combine them both!

Debbie Macomber’s Blossom Street series + Knit Along with the Blossom Street series

I’ve mentioned my fascination with Ms. Macomber’s fictional town of Cedar Cove before, and if I were to ever visit, I’m sure the majority of my time would be spent on Blossom Street. It has everything a girl like me needs: a café, flower shop and, of course, A Good Yarn — the yarn shop that’s the setting of The Shop on Blossom Street, the first book in the Blossom Street series. Not only is it a place where the characters go to pick up yarn, but it’s also where they come together and bond with one other while creating scarves, baby blankets and other knit projects.

I’ve read books that feature knitting before, and I have to say, there’s something so warm and fuzzy about them. I don’t know if it’s because the characters who knit are always so amiable or if it’s because I imagine the knit blanket in the story draped over me while I read. Either way, it’s been my experience that you can’t go wrong with a story about knitting. Plus, with the holidays approaching, I’m sure that cozy feeling will only be intensified as decorations go up and the smell of firewood begins to waft through the air.

Anyway, back to the books. There are currently ten books in the Blossom Street series and most, if not all, feature knitting in one way or another. After reading each book, you can knit the projects mentioned in the story with the patterns listed in the Knit Along With Debbie series. For instance, after reading The Shop on Blossom Street, pick up Knit Along with Debbie Macomber – The Shop on Blossom Street to find the pattern for the baby blanket mentioned in the story. A word to the wise, though — you’ll want to make sure you’ve read the story beforehand, or else you may come across spoilers while looking up the patterns.

I’ve already got a fresh skein of yarn, now I just have to pick up the books. Between the series and knit along books, there’s no doubt I’ll have plenty of stories to get by during the holidays, not to mention an assortment of homemade knit projects to give as Christmas presents. How do you like that? Killing Knitting two birds with one stone two needles without having to leave the comfort of my own couch. Now that’s what I call multitasking.

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