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Knitting in America: Patterns, Profiles, & Stories of America's Leading Artisans Hardcover


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan; illustrated edition edition (January 10, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885183275
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885183279
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 9.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Knitters, traditionally women, share a genius for design and construction with architects and engineers, but these skills haven't afforded them the kind of respect they deserve; they've been considered little more than draftspeople who create basic patterns and a working model. Finally knitters are coming into their own.

No one who opens Knitting in America will mistake the knitters depicted here (many of whom also produce wool, spin, and dye) for anything other than artists. The sweaters are beautifully conceived and executed, and each looks wonderfully wearable.

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This book carries on the tradition of Ann L. Macdonald's No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting (Ballantine, 1988) in a somewhat more personal vein. Falick, herself a knitter, spent one-and-a-half years exploring studios, galleries, yarn shops, farms, festivals, and museums. In the process, she got to know a virtual "underground movement" of knitters for whom the craft is closer to a way of life than a simple pastime, including such luminaries as Meg Swansen, Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Deborah Newton, Nancy Bush, and Norah Gaughan. Each was asked to create an original project for this book. Falick's interviews with these knitters are marvelous, the more than 30 projects interesting and challenging. The only caveat is the number of well-known knitters Falick had to leave out. Highly recommended for all collections.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on December 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
At first glance this is a terrific book. It features American knitters from all over the country -- very fun to see pictures of some of the designers and learn about them. There are also about 40 designs, some classic and some that are pretty out there. The photography is divine.
Unfortunately, this book hasn't stood the test of time well for me. I tend to prefer knitting books that I refer to over and over again. This book lacks the quality of being a good reference for either technique or designing. I doubt that I look at more than once every six months.
Bottom line -- if you can find a copy for a good price, a nice second tier addition to a knitting library. But if the budget is tight, there are many equally beautiful and much more useful books on the market.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 1999
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Gorgeous pictures, wonderful patterns, good balance between easy to advances projects. I enjoyed the stories about how these knitters evolved their craft. The only difficulty is that the patterns don't reference back to the page in the book that described the project. Minor inconvenience.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Laura on October 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Melanie Falick takes us on an amazing tour of some of the most influential people and places involved in American knitting. Melanie's wonderful profiles of knitwear designers, spinners, dyers, and breeders of fiber-producing animals and plants are accompanied by Chris Hartlove's spectacular photography. The photos are in natural settings, natural lighting and of natural people - mainly the designers themselves or their family and friends.

The patterns go from slightly challenging to extremely challenging. But they will be worth the time and effort spent making them -- they are either so classic that they will never go out of style or so artful that they transcend fashion trends. They are mainly for women, but some are unisex and a few are for children. They are also mainly sweaters, but there are a couple shawls and handful of mittens.

The lives and accomplishments of those profiled are truly inspiring. You will want to knit, spin, dye, design, or even raise some sheep!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By seggebruch@msn.com on March 31, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Knitting in America is a joy to open! From page one to the end, each picture, description, technique and style is thrilling to explore. Melanie Falick did a fantastic job researching this book. Anyone who loves history, literature, geography, photography, America, color, texture or knitting will treasure this compilation! Choose Knitting in America over all others if there can be only one: You will not be disappointed!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 10, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I live to knit. I hoard wool, I have more mismatched needles than a porcupine.I can't help it - I'm hooked. In this book are people just like me who have made a difference in the world of knitting. The descriptions of their studios,the ways they utilize the craft, and the glimpses into their lives had me actually forcing myself to read slowly to savor each word and spectacular photograph. I will read it again. I will buy another copy when this is too smudged to read. The author brings you to the artists, dumps you into an easy chair at their sides, and lets you sit there with your mouth hanging open watching them work. Buy this book. give it to your friends. Write Melanie Falick a thank you note
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ckowalski@mapc.org on August 18, 1997
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This book is without a doubt a treasure for knitting lovers, but it may miss its wider audience. Knitting in America is for any reader interested in the nature of creativity, talent, and pioneering women. More than once my jaw dropped as I read about the accomplishments of these renaissance women, many of whom are our country's leading knitters in addition to being superlative achievers in other realms. Knitting in America should be on the list of "role model" books to inspire young girls. I also recommend the book to those who are working to advance their own creativity. The gorgeous knitting patterns are a bonus
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 25, 1998
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This book is outstanding, not only for knitters, but for anyone interested in American heritage. I have read this book from the perspective of a knitter and a spinner, and everytime I read it I feel that I am with a comfortable friend. This book makes me proud to be part of such a longstanding tradition as knitting and excites me to find people who just need a little help to start them knitting. I have yet to find another book that so full of ideas, both for projects and for a way of life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 14, 2004
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This book has beautiful pictures. Its emphasis is mainly on knitting artists in America. It tells their stories, and showcases some beautiful work. BUT... it is not a very useful book. I would say that patterns only take up about a quarter of this book. There are some very special patterns, but I would rather take this one out of the library. If you want to pay for inspiration, this is the book for you. If you want to get busy and knit, this is not a necessary purchase.
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