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Spin-Off, Winter 2007
“Susan has successfully balanced both broad picture and details … Her comprehensive overview assembles a vast collection of ideas for enjoyment now and for deeper exploration in the future.”
“This meticulously researched look at knitting America, from Colonial times to the present, earns an honored place on the bookshelf next to A History of Hand Knitting and No Idle hands. Thing is, it’s so visually interesting, you’re going to want to leave it out on the coffee table instead. The illustrations tell the story as vividly as the text…..It’s a must-have for fiber historians.”
--Yarn Market News
Creative Knitting, March 2008
"Part picture book, part social history, part entertainment and all fun, Knitting America places the ordinary task of knitting into the larger context of American history. Beginning with the first American knitters and working her way through the decades to the present, historian and avid knitter Susan Strawn shares a wealth of information about how knitters have supported our troops during wartime, clothed their families, founded businesses and expressed their creativity...There are images of beautiful knitted items, and examples of printed patterns and knitting posters. The text is fascinating and well-researched; if you are looking for a topic for your next master's thesis, you'll find one here. Whether you read it for the history, or look at it for the delightful illustrations, you'll find yourself engrossed in this captivating book".
Bookwormsez syndicated column, December 2007
“This comprehensive book includes some fascinating pictures of knitter past and includes 20 patterns to try. Hint: knitting isn’t just for Moms! Dads and brothers love it, too.”
The first fully detailed, full-color, comprehensive history of knitting in America from Colonial times to the present, Knitting America conveys the social and historical realities that the craft embodied as well as the emotional narrative that unfolded at the hands of the nation’s knitters. Also included are twelve historic knitting patterns for today’s knitters. With vintage pattern booklets, posters, postcards, black-and-white historical photographs, and contemporary color photographs of knitted pieces in private collections and in museums, Knitting America comprises a knitted history of American society.
Outstanding read for Art Historians and Knitting enthusiasts alike. Details the impact knitting has made over many centuries.Published 3 months ago by littleredrhodie
Entertaining, factual history book about women and knitting in America. Many informative stories, a few cute patterns to try, too. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Biblereader
Love the history included in this book, along with wonderful pictures from the past! Worth while book for any knitter.Published 6 months ago by L. Martindale
A lovely book to wander through, taking your time to let the information sip in.... Beautiful foto's and very inspiring patterns. Read morePublished 14 months ago by gwendolyn
This book is very interesting. The research required is very impressive. I'm incorporating it in some history lessons I'm doing.Published 19 months ago by V.K.