When looking for "pleasure reading" I often turn to the young adults fiction. There tend to be interesting but not "deep" stories there that are well written,; and that don't involve my having to figure anything out, don't involve me in social comparisions, etc. Just reading for the story.
Picked up "The magic Thierf" by Sarah Prineas. It's a pretty standard formulae tale of young orphaned thief being pusued by the bully boys of his estranged, evil Uncle - who also is the villian of the tale; become Wizards apprentice against all odds and of course befriends the heir to the local ruler before solving the current disaster and saving the local ecomomy.
BUT.... one of the minor characters - the hired bulllyboy/bodyguard/cook of the Wizard -knits. The parts about him knitting are dropped nicely into the story and no one makes a fuss about him knitting.