It's a Purl Thing

It's a Purl Thing

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A fun, frothy novel about friendship and knitting.
Scottie feels like her whole world is turning upside down. Then she discovers knitting, and it s as if she s been thrown a cashmerino lifeline. Soon Scottie and her best friend Amanda along with new friends Bella and Tay find themselves hanging at their local yarn store, a magical place called KnitWit, bound together by a yen for yarn and a hunger for friendship. Their stitches and their relationships become so intertwined that it s hard to remember which came first: the girls or the purls.
Chicks With Sticks is not just for crafty types (through it does include several knitting patterns and projects). It s for anyone who s ever found friends in the most unlikely place or wanted to. Sometimes you just need some string and sticks with some full-fat hot chocolate on the side to get you there."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 273 pages
  • 139.7 x 208.3 x 22.9mm | 249.48g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0142406953
  • 9780142406953
  • 1,303,592

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About Elizabeth Lenhard

Elizabeth Lenhard grew up in Atlanta and studied English and creative writing at the University of Michigan. She has been a features reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a contributing dining critic for Chicago magazine, and the author of more than twenty series books for teens and children.
After living in Chicago for a number of years, Ms. Lenhard returned to Atlanta, where she lives with her husband.
You can learn more about Elizabeth Lenhard at www.elizabethlenhard.com.
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1,028 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
5 21% (211)
4 32% (334)
3 34% (352)
2 10% (102)
1 3% (29)

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Fifteen-year-old Scottie has trains roaring through her dreams at night, resulting in hours of early morning insomnia. It\'s been like this since Aunt Roz\'s funeral. To make it worse, she\'s begun to feel like a stranger in her own home-turned-art gallery. Her mother spends days in a trance creating bizarre paintings that have become the new \"must-have\" art, and her dad spends hours on the phone schmoozing potential buyers and scheduling the next art party. Scottie\'s parents don\'t seem to remember she exists and Scottie fears that she\'s becoming invisible to her best friend, Amanda, as well. Amanda has left her for the popular clique as she developed curves that Scottie is, so far, lacking. Scottie\'s life is falling apart. Only a ball of yarn and a couple of needles keep her from becoming completely frayed. Early one morning, once again wide-awake, she discovers the knitting her Aunt Lucille had pressed into her hands at her Aunt Roz\'s shivah, under a pile of clothes on the rug at her feet. Intrigued, she tries a stitch, surprised she can remember the \"spike, loop, swish\" knitting motion. One stitch turns into an entire row. Scottie feels the tension leaving her shoulders. Without thinking, she crams her knitting into her book bag as she prepares to leave for school. Under pressure with Amanda and her new friends at lunch, Scottie whips out her swatch and ball of yarn and begins knitting. So much for being invisible. Scottie becomes so hooked on knitting that she goes in search of a store named KnitWit and finds herself staying for a free class offered by the owner, Alice. Fate intervenes and Amanda shows up, along with other girls from her school, Tay and Bella. It doesn\'t take long before they become the \"Chicks with Sticks\" and Scottie finds comfort in finally belonging somewhere. But will the feeling last? It seems friends are dropping as often as she drops stitches. Amanda deserts her to free-form with her new knitting friends after her Learning Disability session at the college. Bella becomes so engrossed in knitting that she prefers solitude with her afghan. And Tay blames Scottie for the problems between her and Josh. And when she finally gets the nerve to tell her parents that she\'s a knitter, they get all excited that she\'s decided to be a \"fiber artist,\" whatever that is. She turns to Alice only to find KnitWit\'s doors are closed on their meeting night. Elizabeth Lenhard has created a warm, woolly read in IT\'S A PURL THING. As a knitter, I found myself itching to grab my needles and feel the familiar comfort of K3, P3 of my current work-in-progress in soft homespun lavender. Teens are taking up their needles and creating beautiful works of art. I encourage you to join them. But before you do, take a moment to curl up with IT\'S A PURL THING.show more
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