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KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects from Knitting's New Wave Hardcover – September 1, 2007
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KnitKnit gets across that knitting has power as a social force and a political one, but no one represented here forgets that most importantly of all knitting is beautiful. (HC ed.) --Crafts magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
KIRIKO SHIROBAYASHI is an award-winning New Yorkbased photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography and the National Museum of Belarus, among other venues. Her work was featured in Stewart, Tabori and Changs Knitting for Peace and appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
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Top Customer Reviews
One reviewer remarked that this book is more of a coffee table book, a fair assessment in that it is a beautifully constructed art book that ALSO has very considerable bios on the artist's. And quite frankly no one in this book leads a dull life, so it might be surprising to many that a book that centers on knitting could be such an engaging read.
As a knitter I was intrigued and amazed as well as daunted by how imaginative and to what extremes these artists go to achieve their "vision". As a history-buff I thought it was brilliant that Ms. Gschwandtner had the foresight to capture the lives as well as the product of these individuals for posterity. (Ms. Gschwandtner's intro which includes her account of starting her own zine, KnitKnit, is also a great read on finding inspiration in/on the most unlikeliest of ways.)
Patterns are included as each artist contributes one as an example of their work. It is more of a fun invite to emulate their work rather than a typical "practical" knit pattern.
There is much to discover and enjoy in Knit Knit and you will most likely find yourself doing a lot of re-reads as well as accepting the occasional challenge to knit one on.
What an amazing foray into the world of knitting as more than either art, craft or design. To say that these fiber artists are way ahead of their time is to understate what this fabulous book provides -- a window into what's possible in knitting. Colorful, joyous, incredible projects that make you want to get out a pair of knitting needles and see how far they can take you.
This is THE perfect gift for every knitter in the world.
Oh, and the patterns? Yes, you CAN make these artful creations too.
Give it a try.
I give KnitKnit raves...
In her new book KnitKnit: Profiles & Projects from Knitting's New Wave, Gschwandtner looks at how a new generation of knitters is blurring the boundaries between conceptual art and craft. These unique individuals "whose work reflect[s] knitting's current ideas, venues, and forms" are in many cases unknown to the average knitter and so the author profiles each one, exploring their art, their motivation and how their work has progressed.
KnitKnit includes twenty-seven profiles; from Dave Cole who knits with "heavy, toxic, industrial, or otherwise unusual materials"; to Althea Merback who knits knits miniature garments the size of a quarter; to Debbie New who knit a navigable boat.
In addition to their profile, each individual was asked to create something readers could make, and the results are as unusual as their creators. The projects included the expected clothing, as well as 14-foot-tall fiberglass teddy bears, miniature sweater earrings and room installations which knitters can "wear.Read more ›
As I was expecting, the book includes gorgeous photography of each artist's work, as well as a background profile that gives an insight in to their design process. What surprised me however, is that there is an accomanying pattern for every designer. Some of the patterns are extremely wearable, such as Anna Bell's beautiful 'Bridie' cardigan or Joelle Hoverson's Favourite Yoke Sweater, whilst there are patterns included for more avant-garde pieces, such as Knitta's car antenna cozy or Isabel Berglund's knitted wall panel.
All in all I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I was expecting a book that proves a fascinating insight in to the designers who are pushing the boundaries of contemporary knitting, and the book certainly delivers on this count. However as a bonus, there are actually some stunningly wearable patterns in this book, and I'm dying to cast on.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i thought the projects would be somethign I would actually wear.. nope interesting prespectivesPublished 4 months ago by Kimberly Martin
I'm a pretty dedicated knitter, and I've been knitting obsessively lately, so I was pretty excited by this book. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Two If By Sea
Well, this definitely not a book for everybody. If you are looking for something just very nice but normal, buy another book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Tatzelwurm
Omg! What a book! This book just makes me happy to look through! Full of wonderful, (eccentric?) individuals that make incredible things with yarn. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by Moonflower1
KnitKnit is the audiobook presentation of true stories from twenty-six men and women (and one group) who engage in modern-day knitting as an art form, or for the joy of it, or to... Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Ditto to the other positive comments. This book is fabulous and definitely unique. Absolutely for the "new wave" of knitters (not for crocheters). Read morePublished on September 23, 2010 by Heather B
Being a beginner knitter, I saw this book on YouTube. It really looked like something I would be interested in. I ordered the book, and I was very dissapointed with my choice.Published on March 12, 2009 by Lena L. Lazo