KNIT ONE, GIRL TWO
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: JEWISH MC & LI, QUEER (F/F, LESBIAN MC, BISEXUAL LI), ROMANCE, CONTEMPORARY, NOVELLA
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…
I’m not a knitter. I tried as a kid and again last year. My square block ended up as a circle… You don’t need to know anything about knitting or art to enjoy this story. Knit One, Girl Two is a super cute, fluffy romance. The plot is very simple, and there’s virtually no real conflict at all but I loved it anyway, which says a lot about the strength of the two main characters, Clara and Danielle.
Clara and Danielle are both Jewish (with different levels of observance), Clara is gay and Danielle bisexual and curvy. They’re both completely adorable nerds who swap fanart and fic recs as flirtation and have mermaid posters on bedroom walls. I loved watching them joke and play off one another. I think a lot of readers will see something of themselves in these two. I also loved Clara’s relationship with her sister, which felt to me like a realistic adult sibling relationship — affectionate but with a lot of teasing.
Knit One, Girl Two also got me so fascinated by the idea of yarn-dying and sock clubs that I spent a good part of an evening on Google and Etsy, searching through all different types of fandom-themed yarn colourings. I’d never use them, but they’re so pretty!
A cute story, with an interesting hobby to find out about, which will be sure to make you smile.