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Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch Paperback – November 11, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Roost Books; Original edition (November 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590305892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590305898
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Knitting for Good! is thought-provoking, asking us to examine our ideas and preconceptions about the craft of knitting and the use of the work of our hands to benefit others.”—Tara Jon Manning, author of Mindful Knitting



Knitting for Good! provides a platform for progressive, forward-thinking knitters and non-knitters alike who are interested in the idea that creativity can be a positive way to change the world we live in. It is chock-full of motivation, ideas, and inspiration to get you going or to keep you on the path you are already on.”—Faythe Levine, director of the documentary, and coauthor of the book, Handmade Nation

About the Author

Betsy Greer is the founder of Craftivism.com, where she writes about the role craft can play in activism. Widely known in craft circles, she has contributed to a number of books, including Super Crafty, Get Crafty, Making Stuff, The Crafter Culture Handbook, DIY: The Rise of Lo-Fi Culture, Bead Simple, and Handmade Nation, and has written for Vogue Knitting.

More About the Author

Betsy Greer is a writer, a researcher and a maker who asks lots of questions and drinks lots of coffee. In 2002, she started writing about the connections between craft and activism, two very (at the time) out-of-touch terms who needed a PR boost.

Soon armed with the new term "craftivism," thanks to a friend at a knitting circle, she began to write about how embracing your craft, passion and creativity can lead to a more holistic life. In 2003, she started keeping track of all things craftivism at her online homebase, craftivism.com.

Lucky enough to be involved with the craft resurgence right from the beginning, she continues to be excited when people take up knitting needles, embroidery thread, fabric or other crafty media in their quest to navigate and process the world around them.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By True Stitches on January 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
The subtitle of Betsy Greer's book is "A Guide to Creating Personal, Social and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch." As someone who has long believed that knitting (as well as most other fibre arts) is healing and life affirming (and, it must be admitted, a contributor to the book) I give "Knitting for Good" a heartfelt recommendation.

Betsy ( of "Craftivism" fame) offers lots of personal testimony, some easily digestible political rhetoric, and, at the end of every chapter, some suggestions for actions that help integrate the positive power of knitting into their lives. As well, the patterns in it are fun to knit and have quite a bit of style, a nice improvement on the basic patterns that are usually offered to those who are knitting for charity. There are lots of references included to make it easy for the reader to follow up with their own research.

I particularly like the discussion around knitting for personal expression and the therapeutic aspects of knitting, as well as the use of knitting as a political tool.

Betsy has an articulate and fresh voice that makes this book a pleasure to read. It may appeal slightly more to a younger audience than the somewhat similar volume "Knitting for Peace" by Betty Christiansen that came out a couple of years ago. Even if you have that book, though, "Knitting for Good" is valuable for the way it expand the possibilities of mindful knitting. And on the practical side, its smaller size makes it ideal for slipping into the knitting bag.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cathy on December 22, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is so inspiring and does make you feel that something as seemingly simple as knitting can change the world.

Before reading this book, I didn't know how to knit and the book still had an impact on me.

I listened to the author, Betsy Greer on a radio show interview the other day and similarly to how they do in the book, her words really resonated with me. She talked about the difference between making a protest sign with posterboard and markers in a couple of seconds versus spending hours knitting words outs on a sign she had crafted herself. It made me stop back and think about how when we rush through projects and tasks that supposedly are important, we aren't just taking them for granted, but taking ourselves for granted as well. For someone who is not a knitter, this books reminds you to slow down and think about what you're doing.

There are plenty of patterns in the book too. My friends who are avid knitters tell me these are very "cool" patterns and I hope to try them out someday. I've actually purchased quite a few copies for friends as holiday presents this year.

Hope you enjoy the book as much as I did. Looking forward to seeing what the author comes up with next.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
A knitting needle can be a tool for change as much as an AK-47 can be. "Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch" is a guide for people who like knitting and activism to combine their interest and use their talents to send their message throughout the world. Slowing down a culture, protesting, showing support can all be done in its special way with a little ingenuity. "Knitting for Good!" is a socially-active knitter's best friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jamurphy on August 16, 2013
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I've just started reading this book so can't give a complete review but so far, I've found it to be interesting but not riveting. It's nice reading about what other people are doing with their knitting to contemplated what I might want to do with my knitting. I was hoping it could be a spring board for a group knitting experience but haven't found that yet. Maybe it will come with completing the book.
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