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

by Voyageur Press, Kari Cornell
     
 

2004 MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS FINALIST!

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

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2004 MINNESOTA BOOK AWARDS FINALIST!

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.

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:
9780896580459
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
9.25(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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Meet the Author

Editor Kari Cornell has been knitting and collecting vintage patterns for years. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, two sons, and a beagle.

Jennifer Simonson is a photographer in Minneapolis, MN. Her photographs have appeared in Sew Retro, published by Voyageur Press, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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