It's a Purl Thing (Chicks With Sticks Series #1)

It's a Purl Thing (Chicks With Sticks Series #1)

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Scottie's life is changing, and not for the better. She feels like she's losing her best friend, Amanda, and her mom has morphed into the new It girl of Chicago's art world. It feels just like the bottom is about to drop out of her world completely, and then she's thrown a cashmerino lifeline when she discovers KnitWit, her local yarn store. There she and Amanda meet new friends Bella and Tay, and soon all four girls are bound together by their yen for yarn and their hunger for friendship. Soon the stitches and the friendships become so intertwined, it's hard to remember which came first--the girls or the purls.

About the Author: Elizabeth Lenhard lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

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ISBN-13: 9781419361883
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 10/28/2005
Series: Chicks With Sticks Series , #1
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 2.75(h) x 6.30(d)

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It's a Purl Thing 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SunnySD on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scottie's insomnia is getting worse and worse. Her favorite aunt just died, her best friend since forever is making new, more popular friends, and her parents don't seem to notice she exists. On yet another sleepless night as she listens to the trains click by, she discovers a wadded up ball of yarn and some knitting needles pressed upon her at her aunt's funeral. Something about the click-swish of the yarn as she knits soothes her. Gradually, the power of yarn expands to encompass not only Scottie, but best friend Amanda, odd girl Bella, and tough kid Tay. As the girls bond during visits to KnitWit, the local yarn store, they discover that they have far more in common than they originally thought.Knitting, fate, the power of friendship and keeping faith are all wound up in this story of four girls and a modern day knitting circle. On the positive side, the yarn descriptions had me yearning for a visit to KnitWit myself, and although I haven't tried the mitten pattern yet, I know I'm going to. And I have a date with the sequel, Chicks with Sticks (knit two together) tonight. On the negative, there are some loose ends and some moments of unreality (what's up in the epilogue, for instance?) -- which I'm going to hope are tied up in the sequel.
verbafacio on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've read young adult fiction, and I've read books about knitting, but I've never run across a book that combines the two. In Chicks with Sticks, knitting is the glue that bonds together 4 very different young women, each with their own issues. Each chapter is themed with a knitting instruction, often cleverly. I enjoyed the premise, but the book was fairly predictable. Also, the girls seemed to pick up new skills at a tremendous pace, never having difficulties, not to mention finding time to finish many complicated projects in a remarkably short period of time. Not the most realistic, but a reasonably enjoyable read.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I keep reading knitting group books and thinking, "I want to be part of such a magical activity!" But like Scottie, I was reminded that it isn't the knitting, it's the relationships. Scottie finds herself becoming a part of an unlikely group of girls pulled together by their attraction to knitting. She is hoping that this is the solution to her grief over her aunt's death and her parents distractedness. In some ways, it is part of the solution, but Scottie's journey also includes self discovery as well. And the knitting is just fun!
flyier More than 1 year ago
If you have picked up a skein of yarn then you need to read this book. Even if your just a girl dealing with some emotional times. This book will get you so wrapped up in 'the chicks' problems that you might forget your own or can relate. This is book is a must buy for any teen. Because it's details and light heartedness will bring your sprints up, fast!
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorite books of all time! The story made me never want to put the book down, and I was very sad when I finished reading it because I never wanted such a perfect book to end! I wish the characters could be my friends in real life because they are so likable. As a teen knitter, I could really relate to the girls in the book, which was another great aspect of it. Also, I love that there are four knitting patterns in the back of the book. It's such a great idea for the book, and the patterns are wonderful and definitely worth using! This an absolutely amazing, perfect book that's a must-read for any knitter, teen, or anybody at all, really!! This book is the best!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i loved the book it inspired me to want to knit or crochet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. i appreciated it because people think only old grannys knit, but really alot of young people do it. i think this is a great friendship story and i would recommend it to anyone. I can't wait to read te second one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
First off, I'm amazed that the girls managed to pick up knitting that fast and began throwing around knitting terms like they'd been knitting since they were babies. On that note, anyone who isn't a knitter will be totally confused due to all the terminology. The ending was predictable, and there wasn't a very good tie-off. And all the chicks were very melodramatic and kind of annoying.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completely LOVED Chicks!!! It was cute and funny. I loved everything about it!!! Can't wait 'till Chicks 2..
Guest More than 1 year ago
My best friend got this book for me because she knows that I am a crazed knitter, and I was really excited to read this. It's really a knitter's fantasy, and I'm sure any knitter will soon be wishing that they had a cozy, lovable knitting mentor and a free class to attend in a sweet yarn paradise. Think of shelves of fuzzy yarns and buckets filled with soft skeins, of rooms of colorful knitting needles, of a room full of comfy sofas and bean bag chairs, specially for curling up and knitting on. Think of a sweet smelling, joy filled woman with tons of hugs for everyone as well as knitting advice and an eye for matching yarns to people. Now tell me you aren't drooling! The story of these very different girls is captivating and fun, and you will love the relationships in this story. My father is an artist and I love knitting, so I can relate to this story about discovery and friendship. Characters really develope throughout the story, and you will get to know and love them. They all seek and find comfort in knitting. I garauntee that you will enjoy this enchanting and inspiring (in more ways than one) book about how knitting has brought four different girls together into a wonderful friendship.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! After I started reading it, I started knitting a scarf. It got me so much more into my knitting. The story is great, too! I would reccomend this book to any teen girl, knitter or not. It will pull at your heartstrings. Read it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book,because not only does it tell a great teen story, it has four awesome patterns for four awesome projects. it inspired me to get out my knitting and start it all over again. i didn't say it was good, but yeah. :)