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The most authoritative volume on artisan knitting
celebrates all the people in the knit-world continuum, from the animal and plant breeders who provide the fiber, to the spinners who transform it into yarn, to the dyers who give it its brilliance, to the designers and artisans who turn yarn into objects of unsurpassed beauty. In America Knits, you'll meet the country's most talented artisans and use their meticulous patterns to make ...
The most authoritative volume on artisan knitting
celebrates all the people in the knit-world continuum, from the animal and plant breeders who provide the fiber, to the spinners who transform it into yarn, to the dyers who give it its brilliance, to the designers and artisans who turn yarn into objects of unsurpassed beauty. In America Knits, you'll meet the country's most talented artisans and use their meticulous patterns to make out-of-this-world garments for adults and children.
First published in hardcover as Knitting in America (Artisan, 1996)
I learned to knit as a very young child from my mother and my grandmother, then learned to purl from my aunt. I vividly recall the long, thin, pointy metal needles I practiced on, the yellow yarn, and the misshapen fabric I produced. In my mind, I can see myself sitting cross-legged on the floor in my aunt's study while she worked at her desk, carefully counting my stitches—which varied in number almost every row. I have no recollection of creating anything in particular, of even finishing a project during my childhood, though my memories of knitting are happy ones.
As an adult, I had several false starts as a knitter, but once I was knitting consistently, the idea for this book came to me quickly. I worked in publishing so I was, perhaps even more than most knitters, interested in seeing the knitting books available. I searched the shelves at nearly every bookstore and library I visited and noticed that the most beautiful books came from England, and that the subtle message communicated through the lack of lavishly illustrated American publications was that British designers were more talented than their American counterparts—that they were more worthy of this glorious treatment. Even though Kaffe Fassett, one of the most celebrated and talented knitters of all time and the author of the most successful illustrated books about knitting, is American, he has resided in England since the mid-1960s and his early books were published in the United Kingdom prior to becoming available in the United States.
Like most knitters, wherever I traveled I would look for not only bookstores, but also yarn shops or any other fiber-related destinations I could identify, including farms, festivals, and museums. What I found were some of the most fascinating people I had ever met, many of whom worked quietly and with limited recognition in their litte coner of the world. I decided to write this book because I wanted to celebrate knitting in this country, its richness and its diversity.
I worked on America Knits almost exclusively for one and a half years. In the beginning, I met with, talked on the phone with, and corresponded with hundreds of people—including yarn company owners, designers, artisans who create one-of-a-kind garments, gallery owners, farmers, and a profusion of nonprofessional knitters who are impassioned by the medium as well as by fiber in general. Slowly I began compiling the list of people and places I wanted to feature. It was important to me to link together the many different elements that feed into the knitting process—from the breeding of the animals that provide the fiber to the transformation of the fiber into yarn to the actual knit and purl stitches that yield the infinite possibilities that have been fascinating knitters for centuries. I also wanted to illustrate that knitting is not just a method of garment-making but also can be used to make powerful wearable as well as
Posted February 21, 2008
I love this book!! Although, as the previous reviewer indicated, this is a reprint but I have always highly recommended it. It's a wonderful read and includes many very high quality knitting patterns. I've had this book for years and will enjoy it for my lifetime. A lot of the patterns are classics which never become outdated, but it's hard to express the beauty of most all of them as well as the book itself. It's always by my knitting/reading chair so I never have to go looking for it when I want to knit for someone very special. There is a large variety of patterns and techniques for everyone to enjoy as well as many of my favorite designers. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2005
This is a paperbook reprint of the 1996 book Knitting in America, not a new book! While it is interesting, keep in mind that it's nine years old and some of the patterns look a bit dated in 2005.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.