- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0760326215
- ISBN-13: 978-0760326213
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 34 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #786,616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art Hardcover – October 15, 2007
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“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.”
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
--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".
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.
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This book is written in an easy to understand style I appreciated. The author spent just enough time on each topic and then moved on, making it a page turner.
I highly recommend this book to any knitter. As someone who knits prayer shawls, it made me realize that things stitched in love really do help people. The story of the soldiers in the Civil War being encouraged by a knitter attaching a note to the item they made for a total stranger, and how it helped the moral of the troops moved me...literally...to keep knitting things for loved ones or total stangers.
Once the narrative moves into the Victorian period, both factual information and historic examples abound. and by the turn of the twentieth century, readers are treated to a wealth of interesting material. Perhaps the book's greatest contribution is in its wealth of documented photos of ads, magazines, patterns, tools, and the social aspects of knitting. Also included are 20 historical patterns adapted to modern terminology and materials.
Not a book to be read straight through from cover to cover, but to be browsed and enjoyed for its celebration of knitting.
of this country. It is an art the few people do today. The beauty of knitted pieces can't be compared to machine made.