A Good Yarn (Blossom Street Series #2)

A Good Yarn (Blossom Street Series #2)

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Overview

You might have heard about a wonderful little yarn store in downtown Seattle. Debbie Macomber can take you there!

In the year since it opened, A Good Yarn has thrived — and so has Lydia Hoffman, the owner. A lot of that is due to Brad Goetz. But when Brad's ex-wife reappears, Lydia is suddenly afraid to trust her newfound happiness. Elise Beaumont joins one of Lydia's popular knitting classes. Living with her daughter, Aurora, Elise learns that her onetime husband plans to visit and that Aurora wants a relationship with her father, regardless of how Elise feels about him. Bethanne Hamlin is facing the fallout from a divorce and joins the knitting class as the first step in her effort to recover a sense of dignity and hope. Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and overweight teenager. She's staying with her grandmother, who's trying to help by taking her to the knitting class at A Good Yarn.

Four women, brought together by the craft of knitting, find companionship and comfort in each other. Who would've thought that knitting socks could change your life?

Performed by Linda Emond

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060582005
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/03/2005
Series: Blossom Street Series , #2
Edition description: Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hours
Sales rank: 533,420
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Debbie Macomber has more than 100 million copies of her books in print, and her stories about home and family have a worldwide audience and have been translated into twenty-three languages. In addition to being a #1 New York Times bestseller in fiction many times over, she also has an enormous following among knitters as the author of dozens of pattern and craft books. In 2008, she launched a branded line of knitting products through Leisure Arts, the company that publishes her knitting guides. Debbie and her husband, Wayne, have four children and nine grandchildren, and split their time between Washington State and Florida. This is Debbie’s second picture book co-authored with Mary Lou Carney; their first, The Truly Terribly Horrible Sweaer . . . That Grandma Knit, was published in 2009.

Linda Emond's credits include The Sopranos, all four Law & Orders, and American Experience: John & Abigail Adams. On Broadway: 1776 and Life x 3 (Tony® nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award). Off-Broadway appearances include Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul (Lucille Lortel Award, Obie Award).

Hometown:

Port Orchard, Washington

Date of Birth:

October 22, 1948

Place of Birth:

Yakima, Washington

Education:

Graduated from high school in 1966; attended community college

Read an Excerpt

"Making a sock by hand creates a connection to history; we are offered a glimpse into the lives of knitters who made socks using the same skills and techniques we continue to use today."

—Nancy Bush, author of Folk Socks (1994), Folk Knitting in Estonia (1999) and Knitting on the Road, Socks for the Traveling Knitter (2001), all published by Interweave Press.

LYDIA HOFFMAN

Knitting saved my life. It saw me through two lengthy bouts of cancer, a particularly terrifying kind that formed tumors inside my brain and tormented me with indescribable headaches. I experienced pain I could never have imagined before. Cancer destroyed my teen years and my twenties, but I was determined to survive.

I'd just turned sixteen the first time I was diagnosed, and I learned to knit while undergoing chemotherapy. A woman with breast cancer, who had the chemo chair next to mine, used to knit and she's the one who taught me. The chemo was dreadful—not quite as bad as the headaches, but close. Because of knitting, I was able to endure those endless hours of weakness and severe nausea. With two needles and a skein of yarn, I felt I could face whatever I had to. My hair fell out in clumps, but I could weave yarn around a needle and create a stitch; I could follow a pattern and finish a project. I couldn't hold down more than a few bites at a time, but I could knit. I clung to that small sense of accomplishment, treasured it.

Knitting was my salvation—knitting and my father. He lent me the emotional strength to make it through the last bout. I survived but, sadly, Dad didn't. Ironic, isn't it? I lived, but my cancer killed my father.

The death certificate states that he died of a massive heart attack, but I believe otherwise. When the cancer returned, it devastated him even more than me. Mom has never been able to deal with sickness, so the brunt of my care fell to my father. It was Dad who got me through chemotherapy, Dad who argued with the doctors and fought for the very best medical care—Dad who lent me the will to live. Consumed by my own desperate struggle for life, I didn't realize how dear a price my father paid for my recovery. By the time I was officially in remission, Dad's heart simply gave out on him.

After he died, I knew I had to make a choice about what I should do with the rest of my life. I wanted to honor my father in whatever I chose, and that meant I was prepared to take risks. I, Lydia Anne Hoffman, resolved to leave my mark on the world. In retrospect, that sounds rather melodramatic, but a year ago it was exactly how I felt. What, you might ask, did I do that was so life-changing and profound?

I opened a yarn store on Blossom Street in Seattle. That probably won't seem earth-shattering to anyone else, but for me, it was a leap of faith equal to Noah's building the ark without a rain cloud in sight. I had an inheritance from my grandparents and gambled every cent on starting my own business. Me, who's never held down a job for more than a few weeks. Me, who knew next to nothing about finances, profit-and-loss statements or business plans. I sank every dime I had into what I did know, and that was yarn and knitters.

Naturally, I ran into a few problems. At the time, Blossom Street was undergoing a major renovation—in fact, the architect's wife, Jacqueline Donovan, was one of the women in my first knitting class. Jacqueline, Carol and Alix, my original students, remain three of my closest friends to this day. Last summer, when I opened A Good Yarn, the street was closed to traffic. Anyone who managed to find her way to my store then had to put up with constant dust and noise. I refused to let the mess and inconvenience hamper my enthusiasm, and fortunately that was how my clientele felt, too. I was convinced I could make this work.

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booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Blossom Street series was good. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book in the series, but it was still entertaining. This is a story of women and how they connect through the yarn shop. They each approach life from different places and with various emotional baggage. An enjoyable audiobook and I enjoy the books as I'm driving to and from work and church.
booklover6460 More than 1 year ago
The second book in the Blossom Street series was good. I didn't like it quite as much as the first book in the series, but it was still entertaining. This is a story of women and how they connect through the yarn shop. They each approach life from different places and with various emotional baggage. An enjoyable audiobook and I enjoy the books as I'm driving to and from work and church.
lexxa83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book so much more than the previous book in the series, although I am not sure why. I suppose because it developed the central characters and the yarn shop as well as brought in new characters. I was hesitant to read the remaining books in the series since the first book was just so-so, but I am glad that I continued as this one, and the next that I have just begun have been wonderful.
kerrycarter76 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just a warm and touching Story. I have read Debbie Macomber's "The Shop on Blossom Street" and I thought that book was just a wonderful story. Again the author didn't disappoint me with this delightful tale "A Good Yarn". The story continues with the shop in Seattle that was opened by Lydia Hoffman, a cancer survivor. A new knitting class is created this time the project is knitting socks. New ladies appear in the class which I enjoyed their characters. Overall, this is a special, warm and touching story that I highly recommend. Bye.
jolzyn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Blossom Street Series and in this book, although the author introduced three new characters; Bethane, Elise and Courtney and the plot of this book mainly evolved around them and the main character of the whole series; Lydia. I like that albeit the story has move on to the 3 main characters, the author have also provide glimpses on the 3 characters from the previous book as well.This book deals with the failure in marriage; in both Bethane and Elise's case while teenagers' issues in Courtney's story. All three of them, who does not know each other initially, found solace with each other's presence and helping each other to overcome their personal issues. I m particular feel sorry for Lydia at the beginning of the book, where Brad (who is the boyfriend) decided to called off their relationship in order to give his earlier marriage a chance and at the same time have to deal with her sister' personal problem as well as her mother's health issue. As usual, Debbie Macomber never failed to play the emotion of the reader, and i did shed a tear or two when Elise, who is unable to forgive her husband found out that he is terminally ill and that he have just a year to live. I can feel the sadness and regret in Elise by the author's writing. Overall, i enjoyed this book and will definitely move on the third book in the series very soon!
wolffamily on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Light reading, highlights the good in people - Ann
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cancer survivor Lydia Hoffman's shop "A Good Yarn" has thrived since she opened it a year ago. She decides to teach a class on how to knit socks and three people sign up for it. Elise Beaumont is a retired librarian who has recently suffered a financial setback and was forced to move in with her daughter's family. Elise has been divorced for many years but never stopped loving her ex-husband, "Maverick", whose gambling ruined their marriage. Elise is not pleased when she finds out that Maverick is coming to stay at their daughter's house - she's afraid of getting hurt again. Bethanne Hamlin is also divorced, although much more recently. The divorce came out of the blue; she had no idea that her marriage was in trouble until her husband told her on Valentine's Day that he was leaving her for a younger woman. The divorce left Bethanne demoralized; she needs to find a job but is convinced she's a failure. Her teenage children, Annie and Andrew, are also affected by the divorce, especially Annie who keeps acting out in her pain. Courtney Pulanski is also a troubled teenager. Her mother died in a car accident four years ago and Courtney is still mourning her death. With two kids in college and Courtney a senior in high school, her father needs money and takes a well-paying job building bridges in Brazil and Courtney is forced to move in with her grandmother and spend her senior year in a strange high school. Courtney is overweight and self-conscious about her looks and is convinced that her senior year will be miserable. Lydia has problems of her own; her sister Margaret has financial worries and may lose her house and is miserable to be around. Lydia is in love with UPS driver Brad, but he will soon deliver devastating news that threatens their relationship. Her mother's health is deteriorating and Lydia worries about her well being. All four women will find more comfort than they could possibly believe while learning how to knit socks. "A Good Yarn" is a great book for someone looking for a sweet, unchallenging read. The characters are all likable and believable, except perhaps for Maverick who is a bit of a cliché. Debbie Macomber is a good writer who makes you care for her characters in such a way that you will want to keep reading the book to find out what happens to each woman, yet you'll be sorry when the book is finally over. I do wish she had shown Courtney at her senior prom, but that's a minor quibble. Macomber ties everything up neatly at the end (and is to be commended for not having each woman find happiness only through a romantic relationship) and I loved the fairy godfather touch at the end. This is a perfect book for reading at the beach or on a rainy day.
readabook66 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Warm and cozy, makes me want to knit socksJune 2007
coopermom71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
#2 in the knitting series. Return to the shop on Blossom Street.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A good light read. One of those pretty predictable books IMO, but I still enjoyed it. It was just what I needed when I was taking breaks from unpacking, organizing, cleaning, schooling, etc, etc. I didn't realize there is a book by Macomber that come before it so I will have to go and read The Shop On Blossom Street soon I think!I did really enjoy all the characters though - kind of like in the quilting series I read - you fall in love with the characters, want the best for them, and still want to see how their lives continued on after the book is over. And it also makes me want to visit that yarn shop, knit with these woman and share my life with them - a book that leaves you with a good feeling when you are done for sure!
koalamom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful, uplifting tale, i.e., a good yarn, about Lydia Hoffman who give a class in her yarn shop on knitting socks. The three who sign up are beginners and also women with seemingly insurmountable problems in their lives, as does Lydia herself. Resolutions don't come easy but they survive and sometimes not in the way they thought they wanted at the beginning.
litelady-ajh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked it, happy ending (of course), I need to read happy endings once in a while.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Following on from "A Shop on Blossom Street" this is the next installment in this story of lives circling around a yarn shop. Adding in a new cast of characters the main three here are Elise Beaumont, a retired Librarian, currently living with her daughter while she's trying to get her money back from a failed housing investment. Her ex-husband is back, can she trust him this time?Bethanne Hamlin, divorced, trying to find a role in life away from marriage and bringing up children and finding it very hard, particularly as her daughter is acting up.Courtney Pulanski is a depressed and slightly overweight teenager who has to move to live with her granmother to finish up high school as her father is away in Brazil.And of course we have Lydia, the shop owner, still trying to work out her relationship with Brad and her sister, whose husband has lost his job.Cosy, interesting but ultimately occasionally a little too safe. Readable but not remarkable
KathyBrandt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is another wonderful book by Debbie Macomber. This is the second book in a series on Blossom Street about the people who live in the area or own some of the store fronts on Blossom Street. Three new members of the knitting class, plus the knitting store owner and her sister are portrayed in this book, weaving their stories together.
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Pure_Jonel More than 1 year ago
What a wonderfully enjoyable story. Macomber had me crying like a baby and laughing real belly laughs in turn. The intertwining tales throughout created a complex plot that kept me thoroughly captivated. It was so real and realistic. I love how Macomber can examine situations from every side without breaking the flow of the story. Macomber doesn’t simply tell you a story about her characters; she invites you into their lives through the pages of her novel. Each one came to life in a different way for me. I loved how I got to know them as individuals. The different trials that they went through brought me closer to each of them. Even if I didn’t quite love them at the beginning of the novel, by the end we were fast friends. Once again Macomber put pen to paper to create an unforgettable story of the lives of her many characters. It was a great read on its own and a fantastic addition to her series.
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Read the whole series! Thoroughly enjoyed. Book one was my fav!
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I really enjoyed this book. I love how the characters lives are transformed through a knitting circle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started with her books with this series and I adore her writting style and the way she pulls you into others lives. All her series and short stories are great "feel good get-a-away" stories.
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