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

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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 ...

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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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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: 9780760335123
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/2009
  • 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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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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