Title: Boys Don’t Knit (in public)
Author: T.S. Easton
First Published: 2013
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars (average rating on Goodreads: 3.92)
I would recommend this book to: Knitters and just about anyone looking for a fun and easy read.
The Beginning: Mum and dad are at it again.
17-year-old Ben Fletcher becomes a criminal by accident, and has to join a programme to “Give Something Back”. One of the things he has to do is join an evening class. He accidently ends up in a knitting class – and finds that he loves it! Knitting is the only activity that helps him relax and forget about his problems. And he’s darn good at it. But knitting isn’t cool. So Ben desperately hides his new hobby/life style from his friends, his dad and the girl he likes (which is difficult as her mother is his knitting teacher).
I was trying to avoid staring at her top. I was fascinated to know what yarn it was, but I was worried if I had a good old stare she might think I was looking at her boobs.
I’ve been looking forward to reading this one for ages. I thought this concept was hilarious! And it didn’t disappoint. I loved Ben and his passion for knitting and attempt to gain acceptance from his friends. I was kind of worried that the novel wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but it did: it was cute, funny and made me love knitting even more. The next couple of days after I’d finished it, I knitted so much that my arms started to hurt and I had to force myself to take a long break from knitting.
To me knitting is many things. A creative outlet, a mental challenge. I can knit on my own, losing myself in the work, in the pattern. Or I can knit with friends, chatting and putting the world to rights. I don’t think it makes me less of a man. It’s no different to carpentry or being a painter or an architect or a chef. It’s using your hands with skill and creativity. It just needs some better PR.