The Big Knit and a Better Man

The Big Knit and a Better Man bookIt’s Wednesday, which means I’m sharing my latest read and knit.

I’ve finished A Better Man. It’s about a husband that discovers he can hold on to his wealth, when he divorces his wife, by encouraging her to be more independent. The way to do this is to pretend to be a better man.

The story follows his journey. Needless to say, it does not go quite to plan.

I liked the end. A strange place to start a review, I know, but the last half of the book had me reading it into the small hours, in tears.

A complete contrast to the first part. I struggled to read the first half. I didn’t like any of the characters. Not even the children. Although I thought the nanny/housekeeper was the most likeable. Maybe that was the point, I wasn’t meant to like any of them. Their selfishness and self obsessiveness was draining.

A better Man and the Big KnitBy the end, I felt more sympathetic and there seemed to be hope. I could see another side to the characters. Even warmed to the three year old twins. Especially when the little girl shared with her separated father that he should have greased the waffle pan first. Like most of the characters, she moved from taking to giving. Not just a better man, but hope for a better family.

I’m glad I read to the end.

The Big KnitBizarrely, the book and my knitting do have more in common than you’d imagine, this week. In more than one way, but you’d have to read the book.

So, on the knitting needles, at the moment, I have mini hats. I’ve decided to take part in the Big Knit this year. This raises money for Age UK, which provides help to older people in the cold months, here in the UK. The idea is that knitters create fun hats to go on Innocent drink bottles. 25p from every bottle sold, will go to Age UK.

So far I’ve made two. I’m aiming to make more using my “end of project” stash of double knit yarn, before 11th December deadline. Seems a good project for November and each hat helps.


Anyone else knitting mini hats this year? Anyone bought a bottle, with a hat, in past years?

Joining in with Ginny’s Yarn Along. What are you knitting and reading at the moment?
Disclaimer: I was sent the book as part of the BritMums book club for the purpose of an honest review. These are my own words and views.

12 thoughts on “The Big Knit and a Better Man

  • Wednesday 28 October, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Sounds like a neat project you are involved with. I’ve been knitting mini mittens but they are for Christmas gifts. It’s fun to finish a project every night. 🙂

    • Thursday 29 October, 2015 at 12:30 am

      Love the idea of mini mittens.You are so right. It makes such a nice change to finish something on the evening I’ve started it.

  • Wednesday 28 October, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Those little hats are lovely I have been involved in this project too in the past it’s a great way to use up all those left over bits of yarn. 🙂

    • Thursday 29 October, 2015 at 12:33 am

      I’m hoping to use up some of the yarn that I don’t think will work in any other project. It doesn’t matter if I combine different mixes. I’m having fun jazzing up the colours too. 🙂

  • Wednesday 28 October, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Hmm that book sounds interesting, I may have to give it a go! I didn’t even think if doing the wee hats this year, I seemt o have too many other things to be working on, I’ll be looking out for them appearing in the shops though! 🙂

    • Thursday 29 October, 2015 at 12:38 am

      First time I’ve joined in with the Big Knit. Thought about it in the past. Strangely, I can only remember seeing them in the shops once before. I’m guessing they are popular and are the first bottles to be snapped up. Nice to think so.

  • Saturday 7 November, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Interesting. I was the other way enjoying the first half and then finding it bit obvious and more of a slog to get to the end. I love how book clubs reveal how very differently we see things.

    • Sunday 8 November, 2015 at 11:43 pm

      It is interesting. We bring our own experiences along as we interpret each book. This book may be one to divide more than usual. I’m fascinated to find out how others found this book.

  • Monday 9 November, 2015 at 6:40 pm

    Agree with Kate and Craft Mother we all bring our experiences with us and they influence us when reading. Love the colour combos of your hats. Wish I’d kept up knitting.

    • Monday 9 November, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      It is interesting reading some of the other reviews. There is a divide.

  • Thursday 12 November, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    brilliant knitting! I love that campaign that innocent do! We even found their hats on innocent bottles in france last time round. I loved the twins in the book too – i could just imagine that waffle scene! x

    • Saturday 14 November, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      I had wondered if the Big Knit happened elsewhere. Yes, I thought the waffle moment was a good scene too.

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