Wednesday, 5 November 2014

The Great Christmas Knit Off - Alexandra Brown

Heartbroken after being jilted at the altar, Sybil has been saved from despair by her knitting obsession and now her home is filled to bursting with tea cosies, bobble hats, and jumpers. But, after discovering that she may have perpetrated the cock-up of the century at work, Sybil decides to make a hasty exit and, just weeks before Christmas, runs away to the picturesque village of Tindledale.

There, Sybil discovers Hettie’s House of Haberdashery, an emporium dedicated to the world of knitting and needle craft. But Hettie, the outspoken octogenarian owner, is struggling and now the shop is due for closure. And when Hettie decides that Sybil’s wonderfully wacky Christmas jumpers are just the thing to add a bit of excitement to her window display, something miraculous starts to happen…

I love all crafts, I love the idea of an idyllic haberdashery shop in a quaint village with a fab pub and a lovely tearoom serving mouth-watering delicacies. So, when I stepped into The Great Christmas Knit Off and the village of Tindledale I felt right at home immediately. I was instantly transported into the village and could see it all vividly including the all the lovely finds in Hettie’s Haberdashery shop, all the glorious balls of wool waiting to be oohed and aahed over.

We get to explore all of the above with Sybs who has been jilted at the altar and might be out of a job. She’s also got the cutest loveliest Scottie dog and I could just imagine him so clearly through Alex’s writing. He’s got the fab name of Basil too. I used to have a westie dog and the traits are very similar.

Now I loved the book and can’t wait to return to Tindledale (and hear more about Basil). However, a true knitter would need to do a tension square before several people all started sharing knitting a garment! And I felt it ended a little abruptly, but perhaps that’s to leave me wanting more………

My thanks to NetGalley and Harper Collins UK for the supplying me with the advance copy of this book to review.

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