The Woolly Hat Knitting Club
by Poppy Dolan
Narrated by Lizzie Wofford
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 01 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 30 Sep 2021
Finding happiness one stitch at a time...
When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst scandalous office rumours. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all.
Back in the village of Fenwild in JP's shop, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is a new mum to a premature baby. Desperate to help Becky, Dee convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make tiny woolly hats to keep the little one warm. Seeing how grateful her friend is, Dee makes it her mission to help lots of other premature babies.
When Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking she is initially furious but hears him out before roping him into helping the knitting cause. But before long Dee’s good intentions backfire and she risks losing her friends, her family and Ben, who’s turned out to be not so bad after all…
A feel-good romantic comedy about life, love and knitting, The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley, Tilly Tennant and Carole Matthews.
'Poppy Dolan is simply unputdownable.’ Claudia Carroll
'Poppy Dolan is simply unputdownable.’ Claudia Carroll
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After her brother JP breaks wrists is her turn to help him at his knitting. She is at her dark time of the life but she somehow comes out. Family, friends and love are there. I knitted a long time ago but anyway. I found the story nice, ups and down and friendship, love, suspicions all mixed but at the end all is cleared. "Finding happiness one stitch at a time" Thanks to netgalley.com and Saga Egmont for this audio copy.
This story was just adorable! I loved the characters, the story line, and the knitting! The characters were really the stand-out in this one! You fall in love with them, you want to be friends with them, and you want everything to work out for them!
An absolute gem! I absolutely loved this book. It combines my 2 favourite pastimes…reading and knitting. The characters are lovely, and I pictured myself frequenting the yarn shop in the story. A definite fuzzy feeling has been created inside while finishing this book. Many thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for gifting me this arc in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
I reviewed the ebook edition of this and am so happy to have the audiobook, too! It tells the story of Delilah Blackthorn . She doesn't really have a very fulfilling job and in fact gets fired from it. Her brother JP is very close to her and she looks after him when he breaks both wrists. JP is the brain behind a scheme to help Delilah 's friend Becky who has just given birth to a premature baby. Through the shop's website and YouTube channel amongst other events, Delilah and JP ask people to knit a woollen hat for the baby. This is a sort of "pay it forward" scheme that they hope will encourage people to help support the special care baby unit at a hospital and other mums with premature babies. Multiple people end up responding to the request and Becky and her boyfriend are delighted. I really liked the original ideas in the plot and was keen to read more. I'm a sensitive person who likes to do their best to help people, too and so the scheme fascinated me and I wanted to know how things would turn out for everyone. Delilah and JP have had a difficult past because their parents did not have a lot of money. Even when Delilah does not have the job that she was working at the beginning of the story JP hope to see the positive side of life. I was really taken by their aunt Mags, as well as Delilah herself and JP. Mags and Stan were cute together, too. Having been a premature baby myself, I really felt for Becky. After a brief period of feeling a little sorry for herself, Delilah is back on track and fighting to get her life back how she wants it. I loved her POV and was really cheering her on throughout the book! Poppy Dolan does a great job of representing friendships and conflicts in her writing, and I wasn't bored by the story despite not being a knitter myself. The shop is a very busy and colourful place and is where a lot of the action is. There are some likeable chracters like JP, Delilah Mags Stan and Becky. I liked Ben, too and how he helped Delilah and JP in his own way. The storyline is natural and believable. Poppy Dolan creates an interesting world of personal struggles versus work ones, and there's a good background (through what the characters go through) which allows readers to see what goes into setting up a business and trying to keep it going. The book is not the first one that I have listened to by Poppy Dolan. I have also listened to The Bluebell Bunting Society. The Wooly Hat Knitting Club is a wonderful story of fighting for what really matters to you and is a great feel good story with some funny parts and even romance within the plot. The book is about looking deep inside yourself and seeing where your priorities in life lie. It's about that moment when you realise that what once made you happy does not any more and that you may have to find a different path in life, like Delilah had to. It's about embracing what, (or who) makes you happy and of finding out who you really are. It's a story of personal growth and development. I think this book will appeal to many people, whether you are a knitter or not. It is a great blend of drama and humour. It is an extremely British read, with lots of references to UK culture, but I think that will not deter from listening to it you if you are not from the UK. All in all, it's a quaint and cosy read, and I would recommend it. The narrator really does a great job of bringing the characters to life although I already loved them from the ebook version. 5 stars
This was a sweet and cozy rom-com. We follow Dee who get an SOS from her brother. She was at work in the city and rushed to his village to find that he had broken both his wrists. This not only made it difficult for him to take care of himself- it also made it nearly impossible to run his knitting shop. She didn't have to worry long about who could help him because she was fired when she got back to work. Dee puts her energy into helping at the knitting store and expanding their social media presence. The story showed how generous the craft community can be as it banded together to help a project the shop had a special interest in- premature baby clothes. This was a sweet story with some endearing but imperfect characters. Knitters and non-knitters will enjoy it. Thank you to NetGalley and Saga Egmont for this audio copy.
Thank you to Netgalley and Saga Egmont Audio for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions and thoughts are my own. When I saw the cover of this book I thought it looked like a fun read. The cover is so bright and colourful it looked like a nice, easy read. The narrator is very good and gives each other characters their own identity. When Dee's brother, JP, breaks both wrists she steps in to help him at home and to carry on his business in his own knitting shop. Unfortunately, Dee never did take to knitting very well so is dreading working in the shop and helping with his classes. Dee is actually fired from her job so this opportunity comes at just the right time to take her mind off things. This is a book about love, friendship and community spirit. All the characters are very likeable and the relationship between Dee and her brother is a lovely one, if not a little quieter and less argumentative than most sibling relationships. I really enjoyed this book and will definitely look from other books from the author in future. It is uplifting and inspiring in all the right ways. Expected publication date 1st October 2021.
This is a cute feel good novel to curl up on the sofa with and just enjoy, we have workaholic Dee Blackthorn’s who finds out that her brother JP, has broken both his wrists so he will need help not only with himself but with his shop selling wool and haberdashery goods, so Dee does what she does best and juggles her work life and jumps to it but when she supposedly messes up a presentation she finds her self fired without a backwards glance and she is sure her rival and nemesis, Ben, is behind the firing, I enjoyed the overall story but I couldn't help wonder why this so called driven woman just walked away without fighting back a bit.
This was my second Poppy Dolan book and just like with the first one I listened to the audiobook instead of reading it. I loved the the story. It had me smiling and laughing at times and made me think about what is really important in life and finding a balance between work and home. The characters like Dee and her brother JP and her best friend and all the other supporting cast were endearing and often also quircky and imperfect, but that just made the story more real and good. The story line regarding pre-mature babies was quite the eye-opener and added a lovely touch to what this crafting community could really do for each other. I don't knit, but I do crochet and although I am not part of a crafters' community myself, this club just really added that extra something special to the story with its heartwarming community. What to expect: ✅ a heartwarming story ✅ unexpected jobless leading to a new lifestyle ✅ lovely crafters' community ✅ family, friendships and romance ✅ Some laugh out loud moments ✅ absolutely brilliant narration.
I thought this book was great I loved the humour throughout. I was enchanted by the story and loved the depth of the characters. I enjoyed the twists in the tale and the joy of reading about a family run business. I thought it was great that they included men who were knitters and the fact they bring the whole community together. I listened to the audio book and found that the narrator brought the humour in the book to life. This is a brilliant book for those who love a heart-warming tale that you can connect with added romance. I also loved the bonus section at the end explaining how to knit your own baby hat was brilliant. Plus with this book I got to learn about a subject I know very little about. Don't you just love it when you learn from a fiction book. I would like to thank the author and publishing team for bringing us a witty and funny tale, that can bring together a community of all ages, maybe even men to knitting. Published in amazon, goodreads, kobo, waterstones, Google books, Barnes&noble and also live on my blog https://ladyreading365.wixsite.com/website/post/the-woolly-hat-knitting-club-by-poppy-dolan-saga-egmont-4-star-300-pages
While I will have to say, I have never been a knitter. However, that fact did not stop me from enjoying this lovely story. I found the characters to be quite likable. I really enjoyed the brother-sister relationship, and how Dee rescues her brother’s business when he is ill. I loved the heartwarming part of the story regarding the knitting of hats for babies. I found The Woolly Hat Knitting Club to be an enjoyable and heartwarming story with a touch of romance as well.
This story was superb! There were truly so many things I liked about The Woolley Hat Knitting Club but I got this review down to just a few notes. 🧶 Starting with the obvious, the audiobook narrator was fantastic and was very believable as our story narrator, Delilah (Dee) Blackthorn. Dee herself was very lovable and I enjoyed watching her go from intense business woman to soft, happy, craft nerd. Her relationships within the story really moved the plot along. There would be no story if it weren’t for Dee’s goofy brother, JP. I loved watching his character bloom into a strong young man (despite his broken hands. 😂) Then there’s Becky and her son Chester - Dee’s old friend that has become a new again friend, and Ben - Dee’s once work rival turned something more?? 😋 Both Becky and Ben we’re big parts of Dee growing into her new self and it was so nice to see. I’m not a knitter, nor am I very crafty, but man I’ve never been so intrigued by all the knitting activities that happened in this story. I also VERY MUCH want to go to a yarn store for really no reason. 😂
This was a fun and easy listen. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters and would recommend this to a friend
Dee has a high powered job that forces her to work pretty much around the clock, but when rumors start mysteriously circling around the office, she gets fired. Meanwhile her younger brother JP is in need of help with his knitting shop. He has broken both his wrists, and can't dress himself, let alone keep up with his shop and actually knit. While Dee helps out with the knitting shop, she sees an old friend and learns that she has just had a baby four weeks early who is in the NICU. Wanting to do something to help her, she enlists the help of JP and some of his customers, who make tiny hats for the baby. Seeing how much helpful this is, and how appreciated, Dee then sets off trying to help even more new mothers with baby hats, and in turn tries to expand JP's business. When she starts overstepping and taking charge too much, she has to re-evaluate exactly what she wants out of her life, and how she is going to do that. I enjoyed the book a lot. It was especially fun to me because I have crocheted baby hats for preemies at hospitals, and have many friends who knit, so I appreciated some of the strange idiosyncrasies mentioned about knitters as a whole. I listened to the audio book version of this book and the I enjoyed this narrator immensely! A very warm and fuzzy read, and a perfect palate cleanser of a book! Thank you so much to Saga Egmont for providing me with an audio copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review!
Love, LOVE, love this book! Fun, funny, and fabulous characters. I cannot fault the author in any way. I hope she keeps writing books for this series. The audio reader is Awesome! She was great with all voices, and inflections. Each character was different and it was always obvious who was talking.
I bloody love this book, it was exactly what I needed after a crappy week. Dee Blackthorn is called away from her high flying job in London when her brother, JP breaks both of his arms in a bunting related accident in his yarn shop. With the help of a family friend, Dee has to help her brother with pretty much everything for the next few weeks...meanwhile, she is stunned to find herself fired from her job, amidst vicious rumours that were surely the work of her nemesis Ben. Whilst staying in Fendwild, Dee bumps into an old school friend, Becky, who introduces her to her new baby, Chester, who is finally home from hospital due to being born prematurely. After hearing the awful struggles and worries that Becky and her husband have been through, Dee is desperate to help and along with JP, she enlists knitters across the country to knit tiny hats for premature babies. Hilarity, chaos, outings, a bromance...and an unlikely romance ensues. This book is such a feel good read, I honestly didn't want it to end. I love the sense of community in this story, as a knitter myself I can say from experience that it's true, we love to help where we can. There are so many truly likeable characters in this story and it's filled with hilarious and quotable one liners that had me cackling out loud - you might not want to listen to the audiobook on public transport, you absolutely will get funny looks. Lizzie Wofford is a brilliant narrator, she really brought the story and it's characters to life.
It was a good book. Still find listening to books rather than reading a but strange but getting used to it. Well written / read!
This charming, feel-good story about a woman learning what she really wants in her life, focuses on a knitting shop in England. I appreciate the fact that the book centers around knitting, one of my favorite hobbies, and that it doesn't shy away from the reality of keeping a small business going. I enjoyed the narration-she has a charismatic voice that adds a lot to this book.
The Wooly Hat Knitting Club is a feel-good romantic comedy. J. P. Blackthorn breaks both arms and needs help to run his knitting store in the small town of Fenwild.. His big sister, Dee, leaves her demanding job to come to help JP. She ends up getting fired unfairly from her job amidst scandalous office rumours. In Fenwick, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is a new mum to a premature baby. Dee wants to help her friend and convinces JP to enlist the help of his knitting friends to make tiny wooly hats to keep the little ones warm. When Dee sees how grateful Becky is, she gets on a mission to help other premature babies. This book shows how people come together to help when there is a need whether the person in need is a friend or a stranger. This is a fun book that I recommend.
Unspoilery Blurb When JP breaks both his wrists, his sister Dee comes to his rescue. But when trying to balance helping her brother with her insane work hours, Dee is fired amidst rumors of inappropriate workplace behavior. Now stuck in her hometown, Dee throws her efforts into helping JP grow his knitting shop and online blog. When she sees her old nemesis from work, Ben, Dee is convinced he had something to do with her untimely firing. One day, Dee runs into her best friend from high school, Beckie, who is struggling with having had a premature baby, and JP sends out a message to fellow knitters to knit soft hats that will fit the small baby. This challenge grows into a movement to support families with premature babies, and Dee must balance her love for business with her loyalty to her brother. Unspoilery Review What a charming book! I loved the characters, the setting, and the storyline. Getting to know Dee, JP, and the gang was wonderful, and I totally fell in love with the knitting store and the small town. Dee was such a fun main character because we could see her determination, kindness, and loyalty throughout the book. She has put so much energy into her work for so long, it is hard to live without burning herself out everyday. This story was fascinating because it showed Dee trying to help her brother and her friend in a way that she understood- but was misunderstood by others. Dee grew so much in this book and truly got to explore herself and her needs throughout the story. I loved the knitting store, blog, and community! This was such a sweet, refreshing concept for the book, and I immediately fell in love with this wonderful crafting community. JP is so fun, and I love his natural, honest vision for his store. Supporting families’ with premature babies by knitting hats is such an adorable concept, and this book just made me feel good. There were such great relationships throughout this book! I adored all the ships throughout the story, and I liked how the relationship moments were balanced between the knitting challenge and Dee’s personal growth. Overall I adored this book! My only negatives are that some parts of the story seemed to be added in just for drama, and I disliked how quickly JP and Beckie turned against Dee when they disagreed with her promotional choices. That being said, I still enjoyed the book and I would recommend it to people looking for a sweet, easy story about love, growth, and knitting.
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan was a perfect cozy audiobook! Listening to it felt like drinking a nice cuppa while sitting in a comfy chair with your favorite fuzzy blanket! This book kicks off when Dee learns her brother, JP, has broken both of his arms. While this would be a problem for most people, it's an even bigger problem if you run a knitting shop and vlog. Dee rushes home to help and turns her life as a management consultant upside down. I loved seeing this book play out there was enough conflict to keep it interesting, but nothing too stressful to detract from the coziness.
What an absolutely adorable and charming book. I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to listen to this one! Bravo!
Delilah Blackthorn is a formidable force in her demanding career. She can balance a complex report for a client, her Pilates class, and diplomacy with ease. Then her job is gone and she heads to her home village to help her little brother with his knitting shop -- About a Knitting Boy. A unexpected meeting with an old friend who has a premature baby and is at the end of her rope is the beginning of an idea to knit baby hats. Helping babies becomes a mission and although Delilah loses her way, she soon begins to wonder if securing a nest egg is the same as enjoying said nest. I am not a big knitter, but enjoy cross stitch and loved the way crafters came together in this adorable story. If you buy the book in print, you will also find a pattern and instructions for a baby hat as a bonus at the end of the book. In addition, Lizzie Wofford does a top notch job narrating. Thank you to Saga Egmont Audio and NetGalley for a DRC in exchange for an honest review.
When I first read about this book, I felt like it was just what I needed. As someone who loves reading books with darker themes, I sometimes need something a bit more lighthearted and this book was perfect in that regard. Fun but still had nuances that made it interesting for me and that created much more interesting characters. In the story, we got a work-a-holic as a protagonist. Dee is a product of today's society, someone who feels that being busy is the only way to be successful. So much so that she loses track of everything going on in her personal life. I know, I've been there. And I definitely could relate to her struggles when losing her job. On the other hand, we got her brother JP, who was in her situation once until it got too much for him. It's nice to see their relationship as siblings and to compare how they approach life. Other minor characters were also very interesting and complimented Dee's story really well. After all, this book is in my opinion about her learning to socialize with people again. Getting out of her work bubble and realizing how her actions affect others. Sure, there is a romance in the story too, but it's not the main plot. The friendships and the siblings' relationship are and I really enjoyed that. The narrator was brilliant. She made the story really easy to follow and very dynamic. The story itself was entertaining, and the narration definitely complimented it.
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan. This book immediately attracted me, with it’s bright and cheery cover. Dee is a highflyer, but her job takes a backseat when her brother JP needs her help. After breaking his wrists he needs Dee to help with his craft and knitting shop. Back in her office, rumours begin to spread about Dee, and they ultimately result in her losing her job. Dee blames Ben, her closest rival, but is he the person she thinks he is? Dee randomly bumps into an old friend in the supermarket, who has just had a premature baby. This is where the story really takes off, as a plan is formed to help. This book is funny, warm and really quite charming. There is a love story, but it certainly doesn’t take centre stage. At times the story did drag a little, but it was worth sticking with. Poppy Dolan writes with great detail and feeling about premature babies and the reality of the struggles that they and their parents face. Originally released in 2017, The Woolley Hat Knitting Club, will now be released on audio on 1/10/21, and is competently narrated by Lizzie Woffod. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ With thanks to #Netgalley and #SagaEgmontAudio for an audio ARC of #TheWoolleyHatKnittingClub by #PoppyDolan
I was very excited to get an opportunity to listen to an advanced copy of the audiobook through NetGalley. Thank you to Poppy Dolan and Saga Egmont Audio! This book was an absolute treat and I’m so happy to be given an opportunity to review the new audio version of this book. The narrator was fabulous and kept the energy up the whole time. After Delilah (Dee) is unceremoniously canned from her high-power job amid strange rumors about her and her clients, she seeks solace at her brother’s knitting shop that she has also been an investor in while also reconnecting with family and friends she has lost touch with. There were a few things that prevented me from giving this a full 5-star rating (it was originally published in 2017 so there were a few things in it that are very dated or odd for 2021) but I don’t need to go into specific detail. Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, fun story about finding yourself and the importance of focusing on things other than work.
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club - Poppy Dolan Narrated by Lizzie Wofford I received an advance review copy for free thanks to NetGalley and Saga Egmont Audio and I am leaving this review voluntarily When Dee Blackthorn’s brother, JP, breaks both wrists not only is he in need of a helping hand – or two – but the knitting shop he owns can’t function. Sisterly duties take Dee away from her demanding job and she is unceremoniously fired amidst rumours of inappropriate behaviour. Dee is certain that her hot-shot nemesis, Ben, is behind it all but has no proof. When Dee bumps into an old friend who is new mum to a premature baby she convinces JP to enlist his knitting pals to make lots of tiny woolly hats. Then Ben turns up denying involvement in Dee’s sacking and she ropes him into helping the knitting cause. As a knitter when I saw the title of this book I knew that I had to jump at the opportunity. The majority of the characters featured in this book are entirely likeable - of course there is an exception to this. We follow Dee as she goes from a workaholic and adapts to life without a job as she overcomes the obstacles placed in her path. As an audiobook I thought that this was a joy to listen to, and although a work of fiction - it highlights how much a simple hobby can help others. A fabulous read, just the sort of lift you need when you are feeling a little bit down. Rating 4/5
The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan Narrated by Lizzie Wofford Genre - Women’s Fiction Rating - 5 out of 5 stars Narration - 4 out of 5 stars This book will have you laughing out loud and crying throughout the book. It was such a fun book to listen to and review. This book is about a lady who has lost her job at the same time that her brother broke both his arms and cannot run his knitting store for 6 weeks ( yes men do knit!) The book is set outside of London so some of the references to knitting may be confusing to Americans. It starts with a premature baby that does not have enough warm clothes small enough for him to wear especially hats. While the characters knit him little hats to help keep him warm and idea sparks and from there a charity is formed. There is a knit along in the book to help this charity and a little romance thrown in and it makes the perfect book for crafters to list to while knitting. That narration was great. Fast paced but slow enough that you can keep up. Now I only gave it 4 stars on the narration but that was only because depending on what kind of knitter you are you might want to actually buy the book format. There is a pattern in the end of the book that I fell the narrator went a little fast on to actually do the pattern but then I need a paper pattern myself to follow along with. This is a great book for crafters or anyone that might be wanting to get into crafting. I am a crafter myself and loved it. I also learned that in London the craft store I mostly frequent would be called a Haberdashery because they have a little bit of almost every craft!
A great book for me due to being a knitter and once running a craft business. The book was a lovely "light" read and the characters were very likeable and, more importantly, believable. It made me want to get my needles out and start knitting baby hats for a baby unit. I received an ARC audiobook in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers.
I'd like to thank Saga Egmont Audio and NetGalley for sending me the audiobook of The Woolly Hat Knitting Club in exchange for an honest review. The Woolly Hat Knitting Club is heartwarming tale of familial love, friendship and trying to be the best version of yourself as you possibly can be. Going into this book, I thought that I'd read another romance novel with a few different elements than I'm used to. Actually, there was no hint of anything remotely romantic for the first 60% of the book. The narrator was perfect for the book and I thoroughly enjoyed all of the voices that she did. Consuming this book in an audiobook format only improved the experience. The Woolly Hat Knitting Club follows the story of Delilah who is not only trying to navigate a very male dominated industry, she's the best at her job. She works twelve hours a day and she loves it. But is she really happy? When something unfortunate happens to her, she has to spend more time with her brother and help him with his knitting club. She rekindles an old friendship with a woman who has a premature baby and is having an incredibly hard time in her life. Getting out of the office DeeDee finally realizes what is important in life: her younger brother, her friends, doing something for a good cause. Plus, when we do get to the romance part it is slow burn and enemies to lovers! And when I say slow burn, I mean reallyyyyy sloooooooooow. If you want something warm and cozy, this is the perfect book for you.