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Knitting Under the Influence

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  2,153 ratings  ·  312 reviews
When the world feels complicated, knitting is the perfect escape - follow the instructions and you end up with exactly what you want and expect. Life on the other hand doesn't come with a pattern. Kathleen, Sari and Lucy are close friends stumbling their way into adulthood, Kathleen is beautiful, flighty and lives off her famous actress sisters. Lucy once wanted to be a ve ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published September 14th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published September 1st 2006)
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Aug 06, 2007 Kel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chick lit, knitters
Shelves: knitting
It's a cute book. The knitting content isn't huge, but so what, it's a novel and it's not about knitting, it's about three women who are friends and they all knit. :) I liked it. The circle of friends in the book is as diverse as a real knitting circle which I thought was great. I also enjoyed the content about Autism, Behavior Modification, and Scientific Experiments. Good stuff, I tell ya. It's chick lit with a conscience. :)

I've seen a lot of people complain that there's not enough knitting c
I guess chick lit is a guilty pleasure. The book caught my eye because it's about a knitting circle, but it's below average: predictable and formulaic. The characters are either unsympathetic or immature for their ages, and you can tell who will end up with whom almost the instant the characters are introduced. I finished the book because I became invested somewhere around page 200 (the book is needlessly long, too, by the way, coming in at 400 pages) but, yeah. Skip this one.
I'm not sure why I picked this up, probably because I liked the idea of women who bond over knitting. But this isn't funky DIY knitting, it is $300 cashmere yarn to prove you love your asshole boyfriend knitting. It pretty much just confirms my hatred of chick lit, particularly the part where it glorifies gross consumerism, being thin to the point of disordered eating, and empowering platitudes as a substitute for real human connection and friendship. I have no idea if this is representative of ...more
This book is your typical chick lit. I sat down and read it last night, cover to cover, without breaking a sweat. It took me four hours, but would have taken me less than that if my husband hadn't kept interrupting, playing songs and trying to start an impromptu singalong in our home office!

The story centers around three women, Lucy, Sari, and Kathleen. They get together to knit and get drunk and the book follows them through I would guess about a year of their lives. The time frame is not so cl

Warning - maybe somewhat spoilerish. I don't have the spoiler check box on my app.

And I think Barbara purposely lent me this book to get a reaction out of me. It worked.

Predictable and easy to read. It's 400 pages, but I finished on three train commutes to work. I pretty much expect chick-lit to be predictable, so I didn't have an issue with that - I like fluffy reading.
My issue was with the characters and I really wanted to jam a knitting needle into their eyes (well, maybe just Kathleen's nos
Steph Wanamaker
I really liked the friendship between the girls and how each one had a very different story to tell. i liked how the issue of autistic kids was handled with sensitivity as well . both humourous and serious it was a fast and though provoking read
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
On the surface this novel is a standard piece of 'women's literature', a book telling a story about women, for women, and the sort of book my mom reads far too often, and that gets my hackles up. After all, I read books written about men and that may have in more sexist times been expected to be read by men, so what makes this 'women's lit' stuff different? Is it impossible for a man to enjoy a book about women? I don't think so, and I think that the issues addressed in this novel are ones a man ...more
Alyson Miers
I'd rate this higher if the handling of the characters' romantic storylines didn't gross me out so much.

For all that Jason has supposedly become so much more sensitive and humble since high school, he certainly lives to disregard Sari's boundaries and refusals. We're told that Sari is leading him on, but what I see happening is that Sari is trying to be professional, and Jason keeps pushing her to give in. He keeps pushing her way, way more times than would be understandable from a guy who's giv
I was buying books at Barnes and Noble for school and came across this one in the Bargain Books section - so I bought it! Can't wait to read it, but I have school to focus on for now.

Ok, so I've just finished this book (last night at probably 11 ish) and it was GREAT! I just love when an author takes multiple people as their main characters and follows their lives, connecting them in some way; by knitting in this book. I kept wanting to learn to knit!
I love that Kathleen ended up with Sam, I re
Knitting Under the Influence is about three friends in their mid-twenties who have a knitting club together and support each other through various trials in their personal and work lives.

Kathleen is the wild-child and the odd one out in a sibling relationship with her other triplet sisters. They are identical and she not. They are also short and have a flagging movie career that they started as children. (I kept picturing them as the Olsen twins and her deadbeat father as Michael Lohan.) She's
Jennifer Johnson
I didn't have to think when I bought this book. THE TITLE includes the word "knitting"- and so it seems I was destined to pick this off the shelf at some moment. It combines the two things I love most, "fiction" and "knitting"- HOW COULD IT GO WRONG!??

So, of course it goes wrong.

Clarie's Lazebnik's book Knitting Under the Influence immediately grabbed my attention because it seems the only thing I love more than habitually knitting these days is talking about it ceaselessly. (Lucky you!) The sto
I had my doubts when I started reading this book. I wasn't sure how well a knitting book would translate into a contemporary, chick-lit type of novel. I love to knit, I just wasn't sure how it would translate into novel form. Then, after I started reading, I wasn't sure if I'd like it in general, not because the writing was bad, but because the characters were a little hard to relate to. The author didn't go into great detail about them, choosing to give them substance as she told their individu ...more
Aug 25, 2007 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: who likes chick lit
Okay, I'll openly admit that I am a chick lit junky, which would have many of those people I went to grad school frothing at the mouth. I can't help myself. This one, however, was surprisingly refreshing. It is more complex than most. Not as good as Jennifer Weiner's books, but I'd put it right below Good In Bed. The most intriguing character for me was the biologist, which I think you were supposed to be more concerned with the woman who worked with autistic children. That storyline was good, a ...more
I didn't care much for Kathleen or Lucy when they were first introduced and only kept reading because Sari was more tolerable. Which I find rather amusing since by the end of the book it was close to being the other way around, Sari was on my nerves and Kathleen was sympathetic. Lucy was improved simply by dealing more with David than with James. I still wish James had walked in front of a bus.

Some of the knitting felt like sections of my NaNoWriMo efforts, grafted (heh) in to stretch the word c
I loved this book. I read it in literally 7 days because I couldn't put it down. I love knitting and love the occasional cocktail so putting the two together makes a good combination. I loved the three different stories of the girls and their friendship. Also I like how it ended nicely. I hate when books leave you hanging. Makes you realize that life isn't too difficult as long as you have friends to help and support you. I can't tell too much about it though because that would be spoiling.
Inexcusably awful chicklit -- very few scenes read convincingly, the dialogue and ideas are cliche and surface deep, and the characters are adorned with silly traits/gimmicks to make them distinguishable from one another but the move is unsuccessful. The plotline, though obvious from the first chapter, is executed quite poorly; the final chapter is particularly cringeworthy. I tend to like occasionally reading some brain junk food, but this wasn't even enjoyable.
This was a an okay book that I forced myself to finish. It was about four friends that enjoy getting together every Sunday gossipping and knitting, two things that always go together. But there were times that I wanted to reach in the book and smack the crap out of each of the characters. This book is a chick book, so if you are a big fan of those you will like it.
This is what happens when some marketing department decides it would be a good idea to haphazardly slap knitting cliches on top of a shallow, frothy "where's my boyfriend? Who's my boyfriend? Are you my boyfriend?" manuscript. All the characters are such nothings, especially the aforementioned boyfriends. They might as well all be named "Jim Smith." Oh wait, how about "Jason Smith?" Because that's the actual character name! Also, you know what you definitely don't ever knit? A CASHMERE BLANKET. ...more
It follows the lives of three women who are in their late twenties. The one thing that stays constant and happens every week is their knitting circle. Its predictable and I didn't know if I would finish it, but I did. Congratz to me.

But back to the book. Sari works with austistic children helping them to learn words and how to react to different situations. Her brother has autism so I assumed this is the reason for her career choice. She starts to help this kid named Zack whose father used to su
I bought Knitting Under The Influence on a bit of a whim — I was enjoying some American Chick Lit and Claire LaZebnik came to my attention as a new author to try. Knitting Under The Influence seemed like the best place to start – it sounded wonderful so I purchased it for myself. It’s taken me a while to read it but I finally made some time to give it a read and boy am I happy I did so. So happy in fact that I’ve already purchased another of Claire’s books because she’s such an easy writer to re ...more
A friend insisted I read this because it was so good and loaned me her copy to read even after I said chick lit really isn't my thing. But, I tried to give it a chance and read the book. I wish I hadn't. It was formulaic and I found it really difficult to like the characters at all. Yes, it's about three friends who like to knit, but there's not really much knitting in it and that's alright because it's more about their friendship and what they're going through.
Here's the thing. I didn't LIKE t
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I expected this book to be a lighthearted "chick lit" book with a crafty twist, and it was. But it was also much more. Not only were the characters well-developed, but the storylines were much deeper than I would have expected. The crafty twist was there, but was definately second to the real stories being told, which kept it from being "kitschy". The book was centered around three women, Kathleen, Lucy, and Sari, who bonded over their weekly knitting group. Kathleen struggled to find her own w ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Knitting Under The Influence by Claire LaZebnik tells the story of three best friends who get together every Sunday morning to knit and gossip.

The fabulous Kathleen has just moved out of her home where she lived with her famous actress sisters. She is on her own for the first time and thinks that finding a man will help her get her life on track; however, she needs to find a man with money to help her keep up the lifestyle she is used to living.

Lucy, a scientist is dating a man, but after her fr
I’m sorry. I wanted to like this book; however, to be fair to the books I’ve rated 5-stars and have been compelled to recommend, I’m afraid this one doesn’t come close. I had to force myself to read the first 96 pages and then could no longer dedicate another minute to this plotless tale. Capitalizing on the current trend in knitted-related novels, this does the genre an injustice. It’s chick-lit and not the good kind of chick-lit like Sophie Kinsella’s work or the stories of Bridget Jones. T
Jennifer Defoy
I won't say that I thought this was a great book, because I'd be lying. But I thought it was ok.

I really liked the book until the end. And I'm all for neat tie-ups and everyone goes away happy but I just didn't see all the outcomes in this book as believable. I know it's fiction but the characters should still be believable, right? The writing style was good and it was easy to follow the dialogue. The character development was great! I think that all the characters were fairly well-rounded and
This is a light read about four women, twenty-six years old who aren't sure they are "grown up". Each has her own life and work but some are more fulfilled than others. Sari, who works with autistic kids makes the book more interesting but Kathleen and Lucy add to the story as well. A fast read and you learn more about autism but not very deep. A fast read.
I really enjoyed this story about three women: Lucy, Sari and Kathleen. Lucy and Sari went to high school together. Lucy and Kathleen met at a party. The three of them meet every Sunday to knit and enjoy being together. Lucy is a research scientist with a jerk for a boyfriend. Hopefully she will trade him in for a better one! Sari works with autistic children. Her brother is autistic and was picked on in high school. She meets a man with an autistic child at her clinic. She remembers him from hi ...more
Melinda Elizabeth
I did not enjoy this at all. The characters had no redeeming qualities, the stories were long, weak, predictable and mundane at best and just overall, there was nothing witty or different about this book that would make you want to read it over all the other successful chick novels out there.
A story about three single young friends who knit together in their spare time while they solve all their problems. Needs a bit more character development, plot was easy to guess.
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