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About the Author

BETTY CHRISTIANSEN is a freelance editor and writer who has knitted since she was eight. She has written articles for the magazines Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, and Family Circle Knitting, as well as the books Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales and KnitLit, Too.

KIRIKO SHIROBAYASHI is an award-winning New York–based photographer whose work has been exhibited at the Houston Center for Photography and the National Museum of Belarus, among other venues. Her work also appears regularly in magazines in the U.S. and abroad.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584795336
  • ASIN: B004KAB5WS
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 7.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

I received this book as a Christmas gift from my sister, a fellow knitter.
J. Britton
The book is loaded with great, simple patterns that don't require any special yarn, and can in fact be made very quickly and inexpensively.
mom22cherubs
I found the historical information on "knitting for peace" fascinating, and the stories of each of the charities was really inspiring.
A. J. Greep

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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful By mom22cherubs on September 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is full of information and inspiring stories. It also has some great historical anecdotes. In addition, it's gorgeous!!

The book is loaded with great, simple patterns that don't require any special yarn, and can in fact be made very quickly and inexpensively. So that no matter what your skill level or budget you can knit something for someone who will cherish it. It also gives really specific information on how to contact the various organizations it profiles, so there is no aimless searching online. The other great thing is the variety of organizations you can support. There is something for everyone, soilders, children, foriegn aid, and hospitals to name a few.

I have been looking for some basic hat, shawl and blanket patterns and this book has them. So even after I am done "knitting for peace" I can knit for myself and the loved ones in my own life.

I think this book is just great and I highly recommend it.

I am telling every knitter I know about this book.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Susan on October 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just received this book in the mail and it is beautiful. If you know a knitter or someone who aspires to learn knitting (although this is not a "how-to" book for those who can't knit), or just want to buy a great inspirational book, I can't recommend this book enough!! It is a beautiful, inspiring book. It has quotes, photos and stories of organizations that knit for others---orphans, refugees, preemies, animal shelter pets, and a host of other highly inspiring organizations. I discovered that knitting for peace and for others is a part of our heritage and pure Americana. I commend the author for this beautiful, inspiring, well-written book. I plan on buying several for holiday gifts. If I could rate it higher than 5 stars, I would!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By floss18 on January 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
The book is beautifully illustrated and a great directory of organizations needing handcrafted items. However, whoever designed the print did not consider the ease of reading ability in the layout. The print is very light and set on pastel, glossy background. I have notified the publisher of my difficulty in reading the patterns and the overall design. I would hope that an author would consider the range of readers using this book and should another printing be made would correct such light print.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Vance VINE VOICE on February 19, 2007
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The information in this book is amazing. So many organizations to help! Simple patterns, yet interesting to knit. HOWEVER, very bad choices were made in the print size and color! It is very light, kind of gray, and TINY!! I had to read it under a strong light and still struggled with it. It does contribute to the gentle feminine feel of the book, journal sized and pinky. But given a choice, I would beg to be allowed to purchase a copy of this book on regular paper and punched for 3 ring binder , for the same price!!! Heck, I'd even do the punching myself! The book is that good! But beware! Read it with a magnifying glass at your side!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Designer on February 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is the book you need if you want to knit to really help people, or pets. Great new techniques presented in a beautiful format. A great resource for what to do with your talents. Knit for someone that will really appreciate it. I really don't have enough words to praise this work. Beautiful, well written, well illustrated, good photos, good projects, clear directions, simple projects that are interesting and can be made with a wide variety of yarns to keep things interesting. If the band U2 were knitters, this would be their book.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on November 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Subtitled: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time

For as long as people have been knitting, they have been knitting for other people. Often called "charity knitting," "community knitting" or "knitting for others," knitters have been bonded by a desire to make the world a better place, "through handmade gifts of love and peace."

In Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time, Betty Christiansen has interviewed knitters across America to find out how knitting was helping people around the world. She sets out to find the stories behind the movements and to collect them into this unique volume, sharing how "we can, stitch by stitch, inch the world in a more positive direction."

In each of the first four section--Peace and War; Peace on Earth; Peace at Home; and Peace for Kids--Christiansen delves into the organizations making a difference through knitting. She explores their history, how they are being part of the change they wish to see in the world and how knitters can assist their efforts.

Some are organizations such as Lantern Moon and Peace Fleece, companies making a difference by providing employment, income and self-reliance for producers. Others are aid organizations such as Afghans for Afghans, an organization providing warmth to families in Afghanistan. Scattered throughout are patterns appropriate for knitters to make and donate to the featured organizations.

The final section, "Knit for Peace," provides helpful hints for finding projects not covered by the author, for individuals and for groups. Knitting for Peace has projects sure to appeal to everyone and is the perfect gift for the compassionate knitter on your gift list. Since a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Knitting for Peace will be donated to charity, this is the gift that gives twice.

Armchair Interviews: A wonderful gift for any knitter.
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