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Old 05-02-2009, 01:44 AM   #1
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Lots of Knitting References in My Current Read...
Lots of Agatha Christie's novels have references to knitting. Miss Marple knits. Hercule Poirot novels often have knitters in them.

But, the Agatha Christie book I'm reading right now has SEVERAL knitting references that are interesting to me.

So far, I've only read 33 pages in the book, and have seen knitting references MANY times.

page 5: "....walked into the sitting room where his wife sat knitting a Balaclava helmet in khaki wool.........gave him a quick glance and then busied herself by knitting at a furious rate."

page 6: "....won't sit at home quietly and knit as she ought to do."

page 7: "....tossed her glossy dark head, and sent her ball of khaki wool spinning from her lap."
"...Women can knit after all - and do up parcels and help at canteens."

page 15: " can knit, you know." "Knit?" said Tuppence. "Knit!" Seeing her Balaclava helmet, she flung it on the ground. "I hate khaki wool," said Tuppence, "and Navy wool and Air Force blue. I should like to knit something magenta!"

further in the book.....

page 31: someone compliments a stitch that is being knit by another.....then someone helps correct an error in someone else's knitting.

So neat to find all these knitting references in the middle of an old mystery book.

By the way, the title of the book is "N or M?", by Agatha Christie.
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Old 05-02-2009, 04:54 AM   #2
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Interesting!, is that an old book or new? what year was it published?
I'm noticing that more and more books have knitting in the title. I just finished "The Friday Night Knitting Club" by Kate Jacobs. Quite a nice little read, nothing exciting though.
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Old 05-02-2009, 11:38 AM   #3
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It's an old book, published in 1941.
The story takes place in the midst of the war with Hitler's Germany.
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Old 05-02-2009, 01:04 PM   #4
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I love Tommy and Tuppence. I think now that I am a knitter, I need to go back and read N or M again.

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Old 05-02-2009, 06:34 PM   #5
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Agatha Christie's Miss Marple character is also a knitter. The Miss Marple books almost always reference knitting.
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