Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Knitting: A Novel Paperback – August 9, 2006
|New from||Used from|
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"A love of the handicraft in question is not a prerequisite for appreciating [Knitting] . . . The finished product has a subtle beauty." The Washington Post
"Compelling . . . There is a lot in this book for anyone who ponders the big questions of life: the nature of friendship, the need for meaningful work, the comfort of sharing grief." Bookpage
"A quiet, literary book exploring grace, loss, suffering, community, and forgiveness." --Christianity Today
"What could be better than a good story about knitting? Anne Bartlett's Knitting fits the bill." --Creative Knitting
"Well-crafted . . . thoughtful and genuine." --Australian Book Review
"A beautiful novel that is, at its heart, about forgiveness." --Book Sense Notables
"The believable, well-constructed dialogue captures the tension and tenderness of friendship. And the words the characters don't share with each other electrify the scenes." -Sydney Morning Herald
"A sweetly winning tale." --Kirkus Reviews Kirkus Reviews
"An enthralling story about the healing power of friendship." Library Journal
"I loved Knitting. It's simply magnificent. The relationships are beautifully, delicately offered and the story is as reaffirming as anything I've read in years." --Terry Kay, author of To Dance with the White Dog
"Reading Knitting is an experience as sensual and mystical as plunging your hands into skeins of wool and color . . . A joyful narrative of creating and connecting." --Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
"A wonderful tale . . . both beautiful and deeply satisfying." --Connie May Fowler, author of Before Women Had Wings
"In the tradition of Anita Brookner and Barbara Pym, Anne Bartlett has written a sly, stirring look at women's lives." --Meg Wolitzer, author of The Wife
About the Author
More About the Author
Top Customer Reviews
The character of Sandra Fildes is self-involved, seriously uptight, emotionally needy, and unable to relate well to people on a personal level. She is also a wordsmith, a writer, and a woman interested in the study of language and its nuances, along with that of textiles. When the story opens, Sandra's beloved husband, Jack, through whom she's lived vicariously for many years, has been dead of cancer for about nine months and she struggles each day to keep going. She visits an art gallery where she is struck by a glass dress. To demonstrate Bartlett's ability to meaningfully and effectively weave words together, following is the description (page 44) of the dress as seen through Sandra's eyes: "But this glass dress, this was a dress for a woman with a cutting voice and a snapping handbag, someone who ordered people around so they wouldn't see who she was. A dress for a woman who was always holding in a shriek but would let out only bits at a time, slivers of misery from behind those tight glass beads." Wow! I thought as I read the paragraph that the description could be of Sandra herself.
At any rate, Sandra and polar opposite Martha McKenzie, knitter extraordinaire, friendly and giving, but also dealing with her own deep-seated pain over losses in her life, meet under unusual circumstances. Over time, through a shared interest in things knitted, they develop an unlikely bond that in the end is healing to both.Read more ›
But it is also the beautiful, poignant story of love, healing and understanding that makes it complete.
Sandra Fildes is newly widowed and at loose ends. The loss of her beloved husband Jack to cancer has left a deep, dark hole in her life--and she seriously wonders how she can go on. She's self-centered, driven and uptight. She also loves words and textiles. She'd love to be able to knit, but doesn't believe she has the talent to be good at it.
Martha McKenzie has been widowed for many years and is a highly skilled knitter who struggles with her own demons, demons that she carries around in several suitcases wherever she goes.
Martha and her polar opposite, Sandra meet when they stop to help a man who has fallen ill. Sandra persuades Martha to help her with a retro and contemporary knitting exhibition, which is to be held in the local church hall. Each woman's personal needs collide with the others and threaten a growing friendship.
Armchair Interviews says: Bartlett weaves a story with rich characters and prose that is simply delicious. It is a marvelous first novel.
Martha McKenzie may be Sandra's polar opposite. About the only the thing the two women have in common is the loss of their husbands; Martha's husband passed away shortly after their marriage many years ago, when Martha was just a teenager. Now Martha leads a quiet, unassuming life, cleaning a local church, living in a small flat, and filling her hours by practicing her art. Martha is a knitter, but not just an ordinary "knit a baby blanket for a friend" knitter; Martha is a true artist, with an intuitive eye for color, a daring and inventive sense of design, and the skills of a master.
Through a chance meeting, the two women form an unexpected friendship. Sandra admires Martha's quirky ways and her obvious talents; Martha envies Sandra's wealthy lifestyle and enjoys cracking her tough veneer. The two women find common ground when it comes to knitting. Through shared conversations, the two form a plan to mount an exhibition of historically accurate knitted garments, accompanied by text discussing the importance of women's domestic work through the ages. "It's something to celebrate," says Sandra, "clothes made in love and service, something women have always done."
Sandra, a merely competent knitter at best, commissions Martha to do all the knitting for the exhibit. Martha, a perfectionist with a history of mental instability, finds the task almost impossible.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Loved the characters, could see myself as Sandra. Made me ponder and appreciate people and let them be people. Bookclub read= yesPublished 2 months ago by Terri Florence
This was the most bizarre book I have ever read. I would not recommend it to my worst enemy.Published 5 months ago by Martha P. Collins
Gets to the soul of why we knit and how others can take advantage of this.Published 8 months ago by Laurene J. Doan
Strange book. Not what I expected. Undeveloped characters and weak plot. Predictable ending. Struggled to finish this book. Would not recommend.Published 9 months ago by Jan Kaiser
This is a review for Knitting by Anne Bartlett. When I first began this novel I was really excited about it. The premise and plot seemed really interesting. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Wriitten4God
This is a lovely little domestic novel that centers on three unlikely friends and a small mystery (it's NOT a whodunnit, though). Read morePublished 19 months ago by Lheaven
I'm glad I got this from the library. It was such a strange book, the story or lack there-of, seemed so disjointed. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Horselady
This is a sweet story with just enough characters to allow for plenty of interaction. But mainly it is Martha and Sandra's story. Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Liz