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05 October 2017

Blog Tour: The Woolly Hat Knitting Club by Poppy Dolan

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 where JP's shop resides, Dee bumps into Becky, an old friend who is 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...

Source: Blog Tour | NetGalley Request | Review Consideration

5 Words: Betrayal, knitting, family, friendship, ambition.

This book was absolutely delightful. It was heartfelt and inspiring.

Before reading this book I had never knitted in my life. Now I'm a knitting machine (kind of) and halfway through the super-long, super-soft scarf of my dreams. I'm nowhere near knitting woolly hats for premature babies, but that's my goal.

Read on to find out Poppy Dolan's shopping addiction.

Born to Knit by Poppy Dolan
In my twenties, I couldn’t stop buying shoes. It was silly, frivolous and I loved it. Then I got older and realised the pile of shoes and thick credit card statement were closely linked. So I got sensible about shoes. About a month later, I started spending all my money on wool instead. But this is a shopping addiction I'm yet to crack. I think because I justify if with an altruistic spin: I'm making things for other people! They're gifts! I'm being generous! So to try and get some perspective, I'm going to list all the bonkers things I've made for you all to see (with some pics) and hope I can shame myself from making any more crafty purchases this year. Month. Week. HELP.
  • (A million hats and scarves, I hope it goes without saying)
  • A draught excluder
  • Knitted toys including: a zebra, a lion, a rhino, an elephant, a mouse, a fox, a ballerina, a teddy, a rabbit
  • Bunting with a baby’s name knitted onto it in a different colour. So fiddly.
  • A log basket, which was then felted as part of the design. A LOG BASKET? What was I thinking?!
  • A baby hat that looks like a Christmas pudding.
  • A baby hat that looks like a dinosaur.
  • A baby hat that looks like a Minion.
  • An all-in-one fluffy bear onesie for my daughter.
  • A baby mobile where it was supposed to look like rocket ships but instead it looked like a certain part of the male anatomy.
  • A cardigan for myself that, five years later, I still haven’t sew the buttons on.
  • Flowers which I then sewed onto a cushion, alongside ladybird buttons. For an adult friend.
  • A jumper for my daughter that makes her look like an 80s weatherman.
  • An intricate Peruvian-inspired hat for my husband. Which he then shrunk in the wash.
  • A multi-coloured, super-fun loopy cared for my daughter. Which she instantly rejected and I had to give away.
Perhaps my most shameful thing of all: I buy my own hats from the high street. I have a weird problem here, guys.


  1. This sounds like a really heartwarming story and it seems like you genuinely enjoyed it! I can definitely empathise with Poppy's shopping addiction, I wish I could knit though!

    Abbey 💓

  2. This sounds like such a cute book! I’ve tried knitting before and failed every time but maybe this book will help me try again as I do have bags worth of wool leftover 😂

  3. I really hope this wonderful story would help me in knitting the yarns.I have tried before too but all the efforts go to the vain. Now want anything fool proof.


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