In the beginning --
'...Every misstep feels like a reason to quit. You envy everyone else who seems to know what they're doing. What keeps you going ? The belief that one day you'll be like that:Elegant. Capable. Confident. Experienced. And you can be. All you need now is enthusiasm. A little bravery. And -- always -- a sense of humor.'
The Knitting Club began five years ago , a group of women all with different lives met in a wool shop, 'Walker and Daughter' in Manhatten. At the time they each had their own patterns for life, some favourable, some not . They meet again , same venue , same women minus one. Georgia , a mainstay of the group has died and so these few women , plus Georgia's teenage daughter continue their life's journeys. Their travels are highlighted by joys and sorrows, childbirth, the care of elderly parents, teenage tantrums and romance, but through it all their tenacity for each other remains firm.
Their friendship was enhanced by each one's experiences of life ------
'You know enough now that you don't just have to follow someone else's pattern. Or keep repeating your own. You can break the pattern. Improve it. Perfect it. Change the plan. Adapt and improvise. Make what works best for you. Now your skills will take you wherever you want to go.'
I really enjoyed this novel; a good story and I particularly enjoyed the descriptions of Italy.