Friends and I call ourselves the Knitpickers. We're all retired. Some of us are married, some of us live alone, some of us live with relatives.
We all love to knit, and we all like to get out of our houses once in awhile. Like every weekday morning...
We meet at Deputy Donut to knit, chat, laugh, drink coffee or tea, and eat delicious donuts and other treats, not necessarily in that order.
Actually, there is an order. We finish our donuts and wash our hands before we start the day's knitting. The chatting, laughing, and the drinking of coffee and tea can go on all morning.
The other Knitpickers tease me because, well, to tell you the truth, I'm not much of a knitter. But I bring my knitting along every day and make a few stitches. This morning I opened my knitting bag and pulled out the yellow scarf I've been working on for a few years. Priscilla asked, "Are you knitting lace now, Cheryl?"
I looked down at the pretty yellow scarf and laughed. "How did that big hole get there? Did I drop a stitch again?"
Priscilla held out a hand. "Let me see." Minutes later, my scarf was as good as I thought it had been before Priscilla noticed my unintended lacy effect.
Emily came along and refilled our coffee mugs. She and her father-in-law, Tom, own Deputy Donut together. They named the shop after Emily's cat. Dep comes to work with Emily, but health regulations require that Dep can't be in the kitchen or the dining area. I wish the sweet tortoiseshell tabby could come in and just sit on my lap. I'd have an excellent excuse for never finishing the scarf.
"That's coming along nicely, Cheryl," Emily told me. She's a sweetie, and we all love her. We worry about her, too. She has a penchant for getting herself into trouble. She's only in her early thirties, but she's already widowed. Her husband was Tom's son. Both Alec and Tom were detectives, and Tom was our chief of police until he retired and opened Deputy Donut with Emily. Some of Emily's friends are among the police officers who come into Deputy Donut for breaks.
Emily knows more about crime-solving than is good for her. True, she's found out things that have led to murderers being put behind bars, but she sometimes accidentally gets herself into danger.
She should tell us whenever she's about to snoop into things. The Knitpickers could come along, knitting needles in hand, and protect her!
Then I could honestly say that my knitting needles were being put to good use.
Meet Emily and the Knitpickers in SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, and JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS, available wherever books are sold. If your favorite bookstore doesn't carry them, ask. Stores are always happy to order for you. And so are libraries!
Three more Deputy Donut Mysteries are in the works.
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Do you have UFOs (Unfinished Objects) hanging around? Or do you always finish one project before starting the next? If so, can you give Cheryl (and Ginger Bolton, who really will finish that sweater some day...) advice? Either way, comment below for a chance to win your choice of a print copy of SURVIVAL OF THE FRITTERS, GOODBYE CRULLER WORLD, or JEALOUSY FILLED DONUTS.