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Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path Hardcover – April 14, 2003


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher; First Printing edition (April 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158542210X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585422104
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,010,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nargi, a beginning knitter, set out to interview and observe knitters of all levels to examine why people knit and what led them to pick up their needles and stitch away. The author met with knitters and crafters on both coasts and found women (and a couple of men) eager to share their thoughts on the craft. The "grandma knitter" stereotype is wrong--as evidenced by Nargi talking with people from various professions, ages, and walks of life. Fellow knitters will enjoy the unique stories of how people learn to knit, who taught them, and why they decided to learn. Nargi came across many colorful characters, including Edith Eig, owner of La Knitterie Parisienne in L.A and "knitter to the stars," and Eddie Kaufman, who says, "I am a large man, and due to my balding head, beard, and the fact that I ride a motorcycle, more people assume I am in a biker gang than in a knitting circle." Michelle Kaske
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Nargi's fresh enthusiasm for the craft is bound to push you back to the fundamental joys of needles and yarn. (HC edition) --Interweave Knits magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'm a writer who looks for the small stories in the vast world that surrounds us - whether I'm writing children's books; exploring the history or current state of knitting and craft; or researching magazine articles on travel, food, or kids.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By C. Cohen on June 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The author did a good job of interviewing knitters from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, knitting experience and locales. I enjoyed the many anecdotes of the knitters she spoke to - there was a good variety. Enjoyable reading.
The thing I liked best was learning of other knitting resources and websites - as well as feeling like I was having coffee/tea and a comfy chat with each knitter who presented themselves via essay.
My only concern with the book was that the author herself had very little knitting experience. At the time of the writing, she had only been knitting for less than two years. That would be okay, except that she kept inserting her own personal knitting "story" in between the stories of others - and the fact is, she didn't seem to enjoy the knitting experience herself. After one frustrating attempt to knit socks, she mostly knit just swatches of various stitches and described her ongoing frustration and even boredom with knitting. It almost seemed as if this was a journalist/writer in need of a writing project - and she turned to her new-found knitting hobby as a source of something to write about. I would have enjoyed the book even more if she'd expressed some level of satisfaction or joy with the knitting process itself.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2003
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As a previous reviewer noted, Nargi weaves (knits?) her personal knitting story in with the stories of other knitters. This wouldn't be so bad, except she doesn't even like knitting. It's as if she felt like she Should be a knitter, and she just doesn't get knitting. Instead of celebrating the stories of people who love knitting, she drags us through her swatch fetish. Also, most of the stories are of knitters in the Northeast and in California. The stories were good, for the most part, but I was very disappointed that Nargi's major focus is on other urban knitters. Your grandmother isn't the only one who knits anymore, but neither is knitting the sole purview of hip urban artists. The book would have been better with more stories of other knitters, and far less of Nargi's personal story.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By runnergirl27 on September 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I just started knitting recently and I am already addicted.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked reading all of the stories about how each person started knitting and how much they love it.

I loved this book. I disagree with the other reviewers that did not enjoy it; however, since I am a new knitter I could not see what they saw in the book. Maybe this book is more for new knitters to appreciate--since experienced knitters are set in their ways and will see all the flaws (which I did not see any).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Knitty Girl on April 29, 2005
Format: Paperback
I really like this book as a glimpse into why some people started knitting. It's interesting to see what different catalyst triggered the "want" to learn. Now, this is not a How-to by any means. It's just a glimpse into different communities of knitters and if you take it as such, I think you'll enjoy it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Edinson on February 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this in the 'sale' aisle of my yarn store and I haven't put it down. It has great reference material i.e. Knitters Review, which is free and I signed on to get via email. I also loved the fact that it was down-to-earth. This is not a how-to book. It's a compilation of many people from many walks of life just talking about their love of knitting and how they got to that point. I even liked that the author was very 'new' to this experience as I am. My take-away is that I will make more swatches (which I tend to hate doing) so I can put them together for a fabulous reminder of what I have learned. And look up the many references that were given.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BetsyM on July 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
No, it's not about how to knit. The title perhaps confused readers if they were expecting another how-to book. Instead, this book is about people who knit, why they knit and what their knitters' journeys are like. I found it a delightful read and I really treasure it. I found it at a close-out store for a few dollars each copy. I have donated a few copies to my knitting club for fundraisers. I would not hesitate to pass it along to other devoted knitters.
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