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A few weeks ago, I dove back into the beautiful writing of Jetta Carleton by devouring The Moonflower Vine. Carleton’s unique voice presents at once endearing and revolting characters in narratives as intertwined as the title suggests. Today, we talk intriguing writing and stitches–sign up to become a Lit Knit Wit insider for the free pattern, and enjoy a free stitch tracker printable below!
After I got used to the cadence of Carleton’s writing–it’s a bit slow at first as you learn the breadth of characters and places woven into the story–I was completely enraptured by this entirely odd family. The Soames family is full of personality; each of them with their own quirks, adventures, and pitfalls to deal with. Although you don’t ultimately end up liking all of the family, you do end up caring about them. You piece together their lives and loves, and how they all intersect–much like this cowl pattern–through each of their own wholly individual stories.
Carleton’s writing is at once simple and deep, as each chapter follows the narrative of a different character. The snippets we see of their lives are straightforward, for the most part: they love, they grow up, they screw up, they endure heartache and pain and misadventure, they soar (in more ways than one). However, it’s in the details that Carleton’s true gift shines. I found myself needing to keep a pen on hand as I read to capture each phrase I found myself reading over and over.
The Moonflower Vine was the perfect contender to launch the Lit Knits series with a bang! The interwoven stories, the depth of Carleton’s turn of phrase, the natural beauty of simple lives lived fully, even the title all leant themselves to inspire the Twisted Vine Cowl.
The Twisted Vine Cowl takes simple stitches–you only need to know how to knit and purl–and transforms them into a warm, delightful accessory with just as much interest and depth as it’s inspiration.
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