Knitting in America

Knitting in America

by Melanie D. Falick, Chris Hartlove
     
 

Author Melanie Falick traveled thousands of miles to create Knitting in America, an inspiring and revealing portrait of knitters, spinners, dyers, and breeders of fiber-producing animals. The most complete survey yet published on the scope and influence of this vital art form in America, the book profiles many of this country's most fascinating artisans

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Author Melanie Falick traveled thousands of miles to create Knitting in America, an inspiring and revealing portrait of knitters, spinners, dyers, and breeders of fiber-producing animals. The most complete survey yet published on the scope and influence of this vital art form in America, the book profiles many of this country's most fascinating artisans and farmers, and features more than thirty original patterns for adult and child-sized garments designed especially for Knitting in America.

In addition to the designer profiles, the book includes special features on locations such as a musk-oxen farm in Montana, a school in Detroit where children learn to knit before they learn to read, and a New Mexico yarn shop that supplies many of this country's top gallery artists with handspun, naturally dyed fibers.

The thirty-plus patterns in the book range in difficulty from basic to advanced and in style from traditional to contemporary. The patterns are clear, the charts easy to read, and a complete listing of mail-order sources ensures that the patterns can be executed to perfection.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book carries on the tradition of Ann L. Macdonald's No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting (Ballantine, 1988) in a somewhat more personal vein. Falick, herself a knitter, spent one-and-a-half years exploring studios, galleries, yarn shops, farms, festivals, and museums. In the process, she got to know a virtual "underground movement" of knitters for whom the craft is closer to a way of life than a simple pastime, including such luminaries as Meg Swansen, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Deborah Newton, Nancy Bush, and Norah Gaughan. Each was asked to create an original project for this book. Falick's interviews with these knitters are marvelous, the more than 30 projects interesting and challenging. The only caveat is the number of well-known knitters Falick had to leave out. Highly recommended for all collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885183279
Publisher:
Artisan
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.38(h) x 0.89(d)

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