For the Love of Knitting: A Celebration of the Knitter's Art

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Overview

Do you live to knit? Have you made finding that perfect shade of periwinkle yarn an obsession? Have you ever stayed up to the wee hours of the night just to see how a yarn pattern would knit up?

If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you've caught the knitting bug. Never fear; you're certainly not alone in your affection for knitting. From New York City to Newton, Iowa, Americans are embracing this craft in record numbers. Knit cafes, local knitting groups, and online chat rooms have helped spread the craze and have made it easier than ever for knitters to meet other enthusiasts and swap knitting tips.

It's this universal sense of community and passion for knitting that is at the heart of For the Love of Knitting, an anthology that pays tribute to this popular pastime and to those who knit.

The wide variety of personal essays and stories celebrate the appeal and love of this age-old art. The funny, heartwarming, and sometimes sad tales by Jamaica Kincaid, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Melanie Falick, Meg Swansen, Perri Klass, Pam Allen, Naomi Dagen Bloom, Susan Gordon Lydon, Lela Nargi, and Teva Durham touch on all aspects of knitting, from shearing the sheep to knitting the first stitch; from knitting for the war effort to giving a finely knitted hat, sweater, or socks as a gift.

A stunning array of artwork, including current and historical photographs, vintage ads, pattern booklets, and paintings-featuring the artistry of Chris Hartlove, Solveig Hisdal, Debbie New, and Karen Searle-complements the text.

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This is a richly illustrated collection of writings and historical source material touching on the craft of knitting. It includes a fascinating selection of paintings, old photographs, commercial art, and magazine and old pattern book covers depicting knitting through the ages, as well as an excellent selection of essays and stories relating to the craft. Here Elizabeth Zimmermann tells us how she first learned to knit, Michael Gregni recounts his misadventures in learning the craft in order to reproduce his favorite but worn-out old Norwegian Setesdal sweater, and Suzyn Jackson talks of mastering knitting on the New York City subway during rush hour. A gallery of knitted pieces demonstrates the art knitting of Debbie New and Karen Searle and the fine craftsmanship of Solveig Hisdal. Recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552855829
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Pages: 160

Meet the Author

Kari Cornell, editor of For the Love of Knitting, Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales, KnitKnacks, and Retro Knits, has been an avid knitter for eight years. She lives with her family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction: For the Love of Knitting

Chapter 1: Knitting the First Stitch

Learning to Knit

by Elizabeth Zimmermann

Her Hands

By Betty Christiansen

Learning to Knit: A Romantic Tragedy in Four Acts

by Michael Dregni

Tales of a Knitting Neophyte

by Kari Cornell

Knit-Surfing the Subway

by Suzyn Jackson

Chapter 2: The Yarn Shop and Beyond

So Begins a Fetish

by Lela Nargi

The Accidental Spinner, or Husband Discovers Wheel

by Naomi Dagen Bloom

Knitting

by Jamaica Kincaid

A Bunch of Little Old Ladies

by Kay Dorn

Chapter 3: Handknit with Love

Two Sweaters for My Father

by Perri Klass

Knitterā€™s Jitters: How I Stitched My Way to Wedding Day Bliss

by Margret Aldrich

Amelia

by Melanie Falick

The Afghan

by Amy Votava

Chapter 4: The Art of Knitting

Knit Gallery: The Search for a Proper Place among the Arts

by Teva Durham

An Ode to the Knit Stitch

by Pam Allen

Dreaming of Dragons

by Susan Gordon Lydon

Knitting Socks for the Revolution

by Sigrid Arnott

Chapter 5: Our Knitting Heritage

When Knitting Was a Manly Art

by Clinton W. Trowbridge

A Lifetime of Knitting

by Denyse Specktor

Knitting Camp

by Meg Swansen

Elizabeth Zimmermann, a Tribute

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