No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

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by Anne L. MacDonald
     
 

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An historian and lifelong knitter, Anne Macdonald now expertly guides readers on a revealing tour of the history of knitting in America. In No Idle Hands Macdonald considers how the necessity -- and the pleasure -- of knitting has shaped women's lives.

Here is the Colonial woman for whom idleness was a sin and her Victorian counterpart, who enjoyed the pleasure of

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An historian and lifelong knitter, Anne Macdonald now expertly guides readers on a revealing tour of the history of knitting in America. In No Idle Hands Macdonald considers how the necessity -- and the pleasure -- of knitting has shaped women's lives.

Here is the Colonial woman for whom idleness was a sin and her Victorian counterpart, who enjoyed the pleasure of knitting while visiting with friends; the war wife eager to provide her man with warmth and comfort, and the modern woman busy creating fashionable handknits for herself and her family. Macdonald examines each phase of American history and gives us a clear and compelling look at life, then and now. And through it all, we see how knitting has played an important part in the way society has viewed women -- and how women have viewed themselves.

Assembled from articles in magazines, knitting brochures, newspaper clippings and other primary sources, and featuring reproductions of advertisements, illustrations, and photographs from each period, No Idle Hands captures the texture of women's domestic lives throughout history with great wit and insight.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345362537
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/1990
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
484
Sales rank:
505,590
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.25(d)

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No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
mamakhall More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best historical non-fiction books that I have ever read. Very interesting on all levels and does not read like a text book. It is very interesting to learn about the role knitting has played in shaping our nation's history. A must read for all knitters and history lovers. This is a book that I will come back to time and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing look at the history of knitting in America
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