Knitting the Threads of Time: Casting Back to the Heart of Our Craft

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"In An Era of Global Warming, War, escalating expenses, declining income, and drugs and violence in schools, many mothers feel they have little control over their families or their worlds. Nora Murphy eloquently demonstrates that many women do control one tiny thing: their next stitch." While tracing the frustrations and joys of knitting a sweater for her son through the course of one cold, dark Minnesota winter, Murphy eloquently brings to life the traditions and cultures of women from many backgrounds, including Hmong, American Indian, Mexican, ...
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"In An Era of Global Warming, War, escalating expenses, declining income, and drugs and violence in schools, many mothers feel they have little control over their families or their worlds. Nora Murphy eloquently demonstrates that many women do control one tiny thing: their next stitch." While tracing the frustrations and joys of knitting a sweater for her son through the course of one cold, dark Minnesota winter, Murphy eloquently brings to life the traditions and cultures of women from many backgrounds, including Hmong, American Indian, Mexican, African, and Irish. Murphy's personal stories - about her struggles to understand esoteric knitting patterns, her help from the shaman of the knit shop, and her challenges sticking with an often vexing project - will appeal to knitters as well as everyone else who has labored to create something from scratch.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577316572
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 2/10/2009
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,430,763
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue

Darkness Falls 3

The Back: October

Leaves 13

Beginnings 17

Shamans 22

Casting On 28

Old Sweaters 31

Binding Off 38

The Sleever: November

Flames 47

Jarmo 53

Slippers 57

Allah's Toes 63

Pob Pov 67

Needles 72

Thanksgiving 77

The Front: December

At Rest 83

Dropped Stitches 89

Quipus 96

Kong's Cafe 102

The Mad Hatter 110

Right-Hand Men 117

Narnia 124

Magicians 129

The Neck: January

Loose Ends 139

The Rescue 145

Reluctance 153

Seams 158

Sledding 162

Imbolc 167

Epilogue

Threads of Time 177

Bibliography 187

Index 193

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2012

    A little too "feminist-y" for me.

    I liked the knitting part of this book......the historic part would have been much better without the author's political slant. I understand and totally appreciate her desire to show how women "evolved" knitting throughought history and how it connects all our lives even now. I had a hard time with Murphy's religious slant. If you want to read about REAL historic knitting, Ricahard Rutt's book is much better.

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