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Knitting in America: Patterns, Profiles, & Stories of America's Leading Artisans Hardcover – January 10, 1996
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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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It's upsetting when the editors and designers don't take the time to check their directions against the pictures in the book.
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!