No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

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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 ...

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Overview

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780345362537
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1990
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 484
  • Sales rank: 802,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xv
1. Colonial Knitters 3
2. Knitting for Liberty 26
3. Knitting in the Circle of Domesticity 44
4. Westward Knit! 69
5. Knitting for the Blue 97
6. Knitting for the Gray 116
7. Mid-Century Knitters 134
8. Sporty Victorian Knitters 160
9. Old Knitters in New Roles 175
10. Oh, Say Can You Knit--For Sammy? 199
11. Men and Children for Sammy, Too 225
12. Flappers Versus the "Old-Fashioned Knitters" 239
13. The Thirties Knitting Craze 259
14. The Forties: Knitting in War and Peace 289
15. Knitting from A to Z: Argyles to Zimmermann 321
16. Knitting Now and WhitherKnit? 340
Notes 363
Bibliography 421
Index 461
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  • Posted January 1, 2010

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    A great read for all knitters and historians

    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.

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    Posted February 23, 2014

    Excellent

    Intriguing look at the history of knitting in America

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