Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is eager to brainstorm new color combinations--if only she could come up with ideas she likes as much as last time! When she sees Danielle Solomon's paintings of Florida wildlife by chance at a neighborhood gallery, she finds her source of inspiration. Outspoken, passionate, and complicated, Danielle herself soon proves even more captivating than her artwork...
Fluffy Jewish f/f contemporary set in the author's childhood home of South Florida
Shira Glassman is a bisexual Jewish violinist passionately inspired by German and French opera and Agatha Christie novels.
She lives in north central Florida, where the alligators are mostly harmless because they're too lazy to be bothered.
A note on my reviewing style: I read lots of books, but writing reviews is work and I only really do them to endorse books that I enjoyed enough to signal boost. That's why my reviews are mostly positive. It's not that I like every book ever :P
FINALLY GUYS. I FINALLY FOUND A BOOK WITH A CHARACTER I CAN IDENTIFY WITH. This book is about two Jewish girls falling for each other, one of them identifies as a lesbian, and the other as bisexual and .... You have no idea how hard it is to find a bi Jewish girl in a book .... It's the first time for me, and it makes my bi Jewish heart so damn happy.
It's so satisfying to read a book about Jewish people, so so so satisfying. Like at some point Danielle says she can't live without pickles and that's a Jewish thing : we're obsessed with pickles. Or when Clara says nobody actually likes matzo and when I'm like 'Beg to differ, I do.' It's my culture, and some people may think it's just little things, but I needed those little things.
I heart this adorable f/f romance so much. It's sweet like my favorite rugelach, and the pace felt exactly right to me. I love how deeply Jewish it is, and all the details about art and yarn, and the kitty. The zaftig MC Danielle is exactly who I would fall for, too. And I really liked the way the characters are connected to community, liked the way they joke with each other, share a fandom. it just feels so...cozy. Exactly the comfort read I needed today. The first kiss moment was super swoony for me as a fat activist. Loved it. It feels whole as it is, but I would totally read a longer book about these two.
Just wanted to note that it was just as good the fifth read as it was all the others! I adore this book to pieces and it's one of my favorite comfort rereads.
This novella is not a sparks fly romance and I would say falls into the cute category.
In general, I felt some distance from the story and it ended up being an okay read for me.
The characters are likable enough but the plot meanders some, drawing our attention to things that probably aren't necessary (along the lines of yarn dying, clean up, and meeting with some friends). I was left waiting for the meat of the story to kick in (i.e. more interactions between Danielle and Clara)...which it does, it just takes awhile and ends up being on the shorter side.
That said, a cuteness, sweet romance factor is there in a very G-Rated sort of way, minus Danielle's penchant for swearing like a sailor. There's a nod to fan fiction and fan art that I enjoyed. And, I'm not crafty or Jewish so I was on the outside looking in as the author introduced me to knitting, yarn dying, and kosher foods.
I liked that the elements in the story were unique and that Danielle is a full-figured protagonist...I just wish it was told in a tighter more succinct way with more interactions between our two lead characters...that, or the story could've been longer, fleshing out the romance and characters more.
Super cute, warm novella about two Jewish women, Clara Ziegler and Danielle Solomon, that begins when Clara is inspired to small-batch dye yarn for a knitting club based on Danielle's paintings. It turns out that both are fans of a show called Captain Werewolf, so a large part of their initial flirting is exchanging links to good fanfic and Danielle creating fan art for Clara.
It's nerdy and totally sweet. There isn't a lot of angst here, just two gals with similar passions getting to know each other, trying to manage the overwhelming demand for the knitting club, and getting closer and closer to that first kiss. Danielle is described as zaftig, and in one scene she confidently refuses to interact with a scale. Glassman is a bisexual Jewish woman, so this is even #ownvoices. Yay!
"If I'm stuck on my planet," Danielle pointed out, "I'm gonna plant flowers there."
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So adorable. So honest and at times raw. So healing.
This is a short-but-Very-sweet novelette about precious, creative, clever girls growing closer and bonding over art, yarn nerdery, and healing past traumas. So, like, everything I love in a book, even if I don't know the first thing about yarn or yarn accessories - but the writer clearly does/has done the research. And the romance is so good that even the yarn-uninitiated like me can get a lot of enjoyment out of it.
The narration is light and quick, and the interactions are natural and endearing, with the whole thing paced so well that you could probably get through this in an hour or so even if it were longer. (I did in one sitting, wasn't able to stop.) Also, there is a tuxedo cat named after the Phantom of the Opera, so 5 stars are basically assured here. And the title is a pun. I had no chance.
Highly recommended. So very much. If you want a little bit of warmth, catharsis, and a lot of warm fuzzies, please pick this up. It feels like a sweater right out of the dryer, knit with a lot of love.
A nice, sweet romance. No angst, no conflicts - just strangers, to friends bonding over a favorite TV show and fanfic and their shared ethnicity (Jewish) and eventually more than just friends.
I really enjoyed imagining the colors of the paintings and the yarn created by the two protagonists. Clara hand dyes yarn in unique color combinations as a side business. She is inspired by paintings by Danielle and contacts her for permission to use her color combinations and reference her art.
Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman A fluffy romance with no angst. The story is a feel-good, see the woman hope she likes you as much as you like her tale. You find out she does and with honesty and truth and openness you make a path to love. There are no second thoughts no guesswork and the character's dialogue. I get tired of all the second-guessing and never saying what is in your heart because of the fear of rejection. In the end it is simple and makes me feel happy inside. 5 stars
With heart, sweetness, charm, and lovability, "Knit One, Girl Two" is a delightful comfort read featuring two captivating creatives.
Small-batch independent yarn dyer Clara Ziegler is on the hunt for a new muse. Running an annual sock club, where knitters subscribe to her club and get a surprise yarn color each month, Clara needs new inspiration for this year’s dye color combinations. When Clara sees Danielle Solomon’s colorful paintings of Florida wildlife at a local art gallery, she is enchanted.
Clara wonders, “Is she my muse if my yarn colors come from her paintings, or does that make her my muse once-removed? Second muse? Muse-in-law?”
The two women initially bond over their mutual artistry appreciation, but they quickly discover their shared love for a fictional tv show called Captain Werewolf, and their enjoyment of fanfic and fan art. In a fun crossover meta moment, readers can also continue the Captain Werewolf adventure through Glassman’s story "Cinnamon Blade: Knife in Shining Armor," a high-heat f/f romance starring a bisexual Jewish superheroine and a Latinx love interest.
Watching the two women connect, become friends, and share moments of comfort and support made my heart happy. Glassman ensures that this is a queer positive story by also including gay, nonbinary and transgender characters. Plus, the story features a black and white tuxedo cat named after the Phantom of the Opera, and any story featuring cat appreciation gets high marks from me.
As comforting and snuggly as a soft, hand knitted scarf, this story will wrap you up in warmth and coziness. Highly recommend!
A super cute and fun novella with very likeable main characters.
I love how the girls are obsessing over their favorite tv show, reading fanfictions and talking about their favorite ship. The author also brings up musicals a lot, mentions etsy at some point and even lets the characters talk about the Bury Your Gays trope. Nerd heaven!
The only reason I'm not giving it more stars is that it was extremely short and the ending came too abruptly. Therefore everything feels a little unresolved. I would love to have this expanded into a full-length novel, fleshing out the romance and the characters more.
KNIT ONE GIRL TWO is an absolutely adorable story -- sweet, witty, real, and dorky all at once. I love the way it weaves in craft and fandom and art and life's harder turns into a beautiful and supportive relationship. There’s something about how these characters are allowed to just BE--be queer, be jewish, be sad or excited or smitten, be nerds who make puns--and all of it is totally integral to their lives and story.
also reaally loved Clara's relationship with her sister. always here for fun family dynamics like these. :)
Knit One, Girl Two is such a sweet novella and it comes at a fantastic price. It’s well worth picking up, especially at the end of a bad day or week, because I guarantee you can’t read it without smiling.
The world needs more cozy romances, especially lesbian ones. And I'm especially open to cozy lesbian romances with Jewish protagonists. There's potential here, and this book has been on my radar for a long while now, but it was still a snoozefest. If I had to describe this book in one word, it would be "boring."
What I liked The title of the book is a cute pun. It was what drew me to the book in the first place. The cover is also nice.
The premise of this book is adorable: an indie yarn dyer meets a local artist, they become each other's muses, and they fall in love. Both of them are Jewish.
There was a lot of potential with the two main characters: they had well-developed personalities and some chemistry. We see elements of Clara's personality in the gentle if exasperated way she deals with her cat, named The Phantom.
Danielle and Clara's flirting is charming. I appreciated the Jewish elements of their relationship. For example, at one point, Danielle brings Clara rugelach cookies. Unfortunately the story bogs down their burgeoning romance.
What I was ambivalent about writing style This book's writing style reminded me of the Witch King's: both feel casual and use memes and fandom references. In the case of Knit One, Girl Two, it wasn't too irritating, perhaps because it was so short.
What I did NOT like weird dialogue The dialogue was, in many instances, forced or contrived. For example, the main character notices a nude statue and literally whispers to herself, "I am so gay."
too many competing elements The novella is only about 90 pages long. But it still manages to feel overly long for the story it tells and bogged down with characters and unnecessary scenes.
Many of the characters are a brief description, a name, and a line or two of awkward dialogue, such as:
- a willowy trans girl named Lindsay - a size queen named Ritchie - a nonbinary high school kid named Aren whose hair color changes every week - a pregnant and judgmental vegetarian named Becca
The ones who get a few more lines of dialogue are insufferable. For example, main character Clara is at an LGBT center and we meet all of these names on a page - I mean, characters. The first one we meet is Marisol. Her introduction goes like this:
"Today in parasitology - " began Marisol ... "That's what the Marisol doll says when you press the button on the back of her neck," quipped Tae, her girlfriend.
The entire scene where each character gets an awkward line of dialogue and a vague description was so cringy to me. Immediately after the weird scene with Marisol and Tae, Aren asks how big parasites can get, Ritchie makes a penis joke, and Becca chimes in about how if you don't eat meat, you wouldn't have to worry about parasites [?!], but the icing on the cake was how Clara got a lecture about boundaries from Marilyn. She is described as "a fat middle-aged trans woman wearing a flowing hippie skirt and a black teeshirt where the slogan Ignorance = Fear, Silence = Death was punctuated by Keith Haring art in white."
There were so many characters that Danielle and Clara's romance never got a chance to develop naturally. In fact, for most of the story they weren't even in proximity of each other.
Then there are the unnecessary scenes. In one of the first scenes, Danielle is on the phone with a student, attempting to help her feel better after something happened. This is the first time Clara sees Danielle in person.
There's just too much - too much awkwardness, too much dialogue, and too many characters for such a short story.
There's also too much weird negativity in what is supposed to be a cozy romance [for example, the references to anti-Semitism and AIDS]. In one scene, Clara and Danielle discuss how people "still associate [knitting] with grandmothers and pregnancy." Danielle says, "In other words, with desexualized women. And therefore, it becomes devalued." Oh my gosh...this book is literally about two women who are sexually attracted to each other. Why was this line necessary? It detracted from the tone of the story.
abruptness and tone That leads me to the next point: the book's tone was all over the place, mostly because there were so many different competing elements.
The weirdly abrupt ending showcases the "tone hopping" quite well. Towards the end of the book we get a very odd line from Danielle that It has zero bearing on the plot and was added at the end for some reason that I cannot fathom. This book is billed as a "cozy" romance, yet this story element detracts from the cozy and charming atmosphere while adding nothing to the plot or the characters. There wasn't enough space within the story to resolve any of the negativity. It almost feels like preaching, but I can't call it that since it served no purpose. The negativity felt more like ranting.
Conclusion Even though this book checks off several elements that could make a charming story, it just falls flat under all the weight of unnecessary details. LGBT stories are important, Jewish stories are important, but let's not lower our standards simply because we live in a representation desert.
This book isn't terrible. It is a quick but unsatisfying read, though there's definitely an audience for it and I'm sure it will appeal to many people.
I knit, and I am a sock yarn club addict. At least, I used to be until I counted the skeins of sock yarn I owned and calculated how long it would take me to knit them all into socks. Yikes!
So of course I loved this lbgtqia novella, about an indie yarn dyer who starts a sock yarn club and falls for the artist who inspired her colorways. There are wonderful yarn details and geeky details, and the whole story was cozy and lots of fun.
Knit One, Girl Two is a short, low-stakes f/f romance. Clara's into dyeing yarn, but she's looking for inspiration for a new set of colours. She finds that inspiration in paintings by Danielle, a fellow Jewish woman, and Danielle is just as excited as she is by the chance to collaborate. They bond through the shared endeavour, which goes big time thanks to Danielle's famous uncle, and a shared fandom. The only conflict in the novella is something that's going on for Danielle, leaving her unable to paint and unhappy.
One thing I enjoyed a lot was how Clara dealt with hearing that something was going on for Danielle, via a rumour. She knows she can look it up... but she doesn't, and instead sends a message to Danielle explaining that she knows something is happening, but she doesn't want to pry. It's a really cool and respectful way to go about it, which helped smooth over something I'd have found rather awkward.
The writing is fairly simple and matter-of-fact; the dialogue and descriptions didn't really take off for me. It's a cute story, and I'm so glad it's out there providing f/f representation, Jewish romance, and low-stakes happiness... but I'm afraid it probably won't stick with me. It's a good companion for half an hour of reading, especially because it is low-stakes: things happen which you can care about, in the way you care about your friend's latest drama or your sister's work issues... but it tugs lightly on the heartstrings, rather than playing one of Paganini's Caprices.
Reread review (4 stars): I decided to reread this because I was too anxious for any of my current reads and this was the fluffiest thing on my kindle app, and it was the perfect escape. I got to relive all the funny quips and bits of fandom culture I'd forgotten about! I'm rating it higher this time around just for being exactly what I needed.
Original review (3.5 stars): This is a very cute book! I especially loved Clara's community at her lgbt+ center, and I wish we got to see more of her friends and their interactions because the one meeting we do see is my favorite part of the book. I also really loved the Jewishness of this book and how considerate Clara was with taking into account Danielle being more observant. It's an angle that we don't get to see in many books.
But this book is also very short, so it's sort of empty in that regard. The conflict goes by very quickly and before you know it, it's over. It was a nice short read but I wanted it to go a little deeper.
A cute little novella about the blossoming romance between small-batch independent yarn dyer (that's a mouth full!) named Clara Ziegler and a painter of Florida Wildlife named Danielle Solomon. Danielle's paintings form the inspiration for Clara's next yarn dying project and that is how they meet.
The story could have been a bit longer to get a better feel for the main characters (as it was we only got one small kiss. Boo!) However, I do like Glassman's writing so I bought a few more of her short stories to sample.
No sex. Themes: yarn dying, knitting, art, South Florida, Jewish food and culture.
I'm so grateful that I got the chance to read an early copy!!
This is an adorable novelette about two Jewish girls bonding over fanfiction and fanart *swoons*. It's full of everything I love to read in F/F stories. I'm sure people are going to adore this one. Shira is a wonderful and clever writer and everything she writes includes female characters that are so relatable and funny. I could read about Clara and Danielle for a long time and I miss them already.