The craft of knitting continues to thrive, both as a way to produce unique, stylish, handcrafted garments, and as a practice of meditative solace in a stressful world. This lively, comprehensive book for the growing population of contemporary knitters is an invaluable guide to fiber quality, texture, color, and pattern resources. It provides a complete global overview, from the politics of knitting as economic opportunity in undeveloped areas to the communal pleasures of Internet knitting circles to the inspiring beauty of ethnic motif in mittens, scarves, socks, and other items. Lisa Myers profiles influential designers, celebrates the joys of knitting in solitude and the tactile pleaures of yarn, and provides patterns for projects including a Log Cabin Pillow, an "intellectually challenging" three-dimensional hat, a Mobius scarf, and even a Palm Pilot cover. Lisa Myers holds a Ph.D. in English literature and is the proprietor of Sophie's Yarns in Philadelphia.
|Publisher:||Running Press Book Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.66(d)|
About the Author
Lisa R. Myers holds a Ph.D in English literature. She is the proprietor of Sophie's Yarn Cellar in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Simple patterns. I recently took up knitting again, the first time since childhood. I long to make simple things such as a watch cap, a moebius scarf, a bias-knit scarf to show off variegated yarns. Patterns for them are all here along with narrative text that feels as though it's written by a friend who is filling me in on all kinds of interesting knitting ideas. Knitting ideas that I'm not exposed to much due to leading quite a reclusive life. How to set up a knitting group and the benefits of such a group. Advantages and disadvantages of knitting with various fibers. Brilliant.
This book is a perfect blend of knitting history, theory and creativity. Reading The Joy of Knitting creates a sense of being at a knitting circle - knitters sharing stories about who taught them to knit, their favorite (and most dreadful) knitting adventure and the reasons they love this craft! Lisa captures so many aspects of knitting that you'll find yourself nodding and thinking 'I know exactly what she means.' She also offers practical tips on choosing projects and reviews the basics of knitting. I especially enjoyed the projects at the end of each chapter. The PDA cover is quite sassy. A great gift for any knitter, beginner to expert!