My reading program has crashed and burned. I cannot bear to read another chapter of political analysis, political biography, political satire, history of the civil rights movement, critique of the Iraq War, or background on the war in Afghanistan. Not another page.
So I picked up my favorite romance writer (my only romance writer) Debbie Macomber's latest knitting novel. These stories take place in and about a fictional yarn store on the fictional Blossom Street in Seattle. Back on Blossom Street (2007) is the third, after The Shop on Blossom Street (2004) and A Good Yarn (2005.) A fourth in the series was published three days ago called Twenty Wishes.
The major character in these novels is Lydia Goetz, the owner of A Good Yarn. Characters who appear and reappear include her gruff sister, Margaret, the young woman who is a baker in a French cafe across the street, the new owner of the flower shop next door, her mysterious assistant, and the youth pastor of the Methodist Church across the way.
The major characters in each book meet at a knitting class at A Good Yarn. They come to knitting from different places with differing needs but as with all good romance novels by the end of the book they find satisfaction and sometimes love with the help of their new knitting friends.
Macomber, who was born in Yakima and now lives in Port Orchard, and who is a knitter herself, helpfully provides the patterns that the characters in her books are using to knit baby blankets and hats and socks and prayer shawls so that the reader can knit the selfsame items herself.