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

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

by Kari Cornell
     
 

One surviving cotton sock tells us that the Egyptians were knitting as long ago as the first millennium AD. Tenderly preserved shawls and sweaters bespeak our great-grandmothers handiwork. And colorful strands of yarn escaping from a basket in the corner show that the tradition lives on with us. That tradition, celebrated in the stories and essays in this book,

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One surviving cotton sock tells us that the Egyptians were knitting as long ago as the first millennium AD. Tenderly preserved shawls and sweaters bespeak our great-grandmothers handiwork. And colorful strands of yarn escaping from a basket in the corner show that the tradition lives on with us. That tradition, celebrated in the stories and essays in this book, knits together a world of warmth and memory, wisdom and camaraderie. These writings—sometimes amusing, sometimes moving, always entertaining—comprise a charming scrapbook reflecting the myriad cultural and historical aspects of knitting. Ranging from the days of World War II to our own time, they include offerings by Jamaica Kincaid, Melanie Falick, Elizabeth Zimmermann, Meg Swansen, Susan Gordon Lydon, Pam Allen, Lela Nargi, Perri Klass, Teva Durham, and many others.

Artwork by Solveig Hisdal, fiber artists Debbie New and Karen Searle, and photographer Chris Hartlove, along with historical photographs, vintage advertising, and pattern booklets, brings the color and textures of these stories to vibrant life. Whether you ply knitting needles yourself or simply appreciate the art, this collection will enfold you in all the softness, warmth, and beauty of knitting today and yesterday.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760335123
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
03/15/2009
Edition description:
First
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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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