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Last night I met Vary and Eileen in Portsmouth for a light supper and then a reading at River Run Bookstore. The author was Ann Hood reading from her newest book Comfort.

The r.s.v.p. event was co-sponsored by the bookstore and the Yarn Basket. Knitters, who came by the dozens to sit in a large circle to knit and chat, were joined by Hood who also knit and told stories about growing up in a large Italian family in Rhode Island, her early love of reading, books and writing and how she came to knit and how the story of the the Knitting Circle came to be.

I read and loved the Knitting Circle; I just fell into it. Hood's expertly drawn characters drew me in and kept me mesmerized as the main character comes to terms with loss and grief and finds healing by learning to use her hands to quiet her mind. She discovers peace and joy in knitting and the love and support of women friends in her own knitting circle.

"The act of knitting is a meditation,
for the work of the hands compels the mind to rest,
and gives free rein to movements of the soul."

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