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Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition Hardcover – October 24, 2011
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The book is filled with historic patterns and even some patterns that can be knit now. It goes into the techniques of knitting specific to each geographic area and what makes each area unique in its approach to knitting. The book spotlights designers of reknown and discusses what makes them famous. There is a section on where to find some of the artists, knitters, and historians featured in this book and their websites are provided. There is a wonderful bibliography and index as well.
The book is formatted as a coffee table book and would be wonderful to have on display to look at regularly. It is a real treasure.
From my country, Norway, Annemor Sundbø is the one. She has of course done a lot to export Norwegian patterns abroad, esp USA. She is more known there than in Norway. She has written books that tell a story of knitting in our country. Her books are translated to English, so everyone can read them for themselves. One day Annemor will be named in the history books together with other famous knitting Norwegians, like Unn Søiland Dahle (the Marius skisweater),Peer Spook, Ellinor Flor and a lot of others that is still working today. Annemor , I hope, has still some years to go, and is too young to be in a history book.
How many books and mags shall we buy and read before we see something else than the white and blue "islamic" socks from India? Some pictures (wonderful!) are showing modern patterns of socks and mittens that it is possible to knit if you go to the source for the pattern. In Traditional Knitting you get patterns to knit and thus you can find out how it was to knit different garments in old fashioned ways.
I agree with the person who says it is a coffe table book, but that was not what I wanted to buy. I am interested in knitting history. My husband liked it though, but he has not read anything of knitting history before.
A beautiful book, but it tells the wrong story.
A lot of rehashing of well-known books that have aready covered the history of knitting (Rutt, MacDonald, Lewandowski)in the west;
A good number of pictures have been reprinted from sources I already have or have seen;
Really poor citations for the pictures -- often only credit to the photographer, but no mention of the sources (many from published books);
Poor citations for many sources, especially those that are not quoted directly;
Rather poor editing -- one page ends in the middle of a paragraph, and I haven't found the rest of it yet;
Somewhat confusing layout, which makes it hard to tell if a page is planned to highlight a designer or region, or if the text from the previous page just continues.\;
A lack of thorough editing of the text. For someone who claims a background in journalism, I expect a higher quality of writing than appears in this book;
Thin coverage of "new" parts of the world that haven't been heavily covered in already-existing through regional knitting histories, for example Kashmir and China. There are a few great knitting-related pictures in the section on China, but nothing of knitted items from China, and the section is very short. It would have been great to have more about it.
I think there's room for a second edition that fills in gaps in research and citations with more polished writing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love the history about women around the world and what they do for handwork so this book showed me how we are truly sisters tied together by threads, whether it is knitting,... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Carol J.
really enjoyed this book and will keep it around as a reference and refresher for ideas and just good history of knittingPublished 17 months ago by eugenie m. quinn
What a great book to learn about the history of knitting. I haven't read the whole book yet, but pick it up often to learn just a bit more. Read morePublished on August 8, 2014 by AnnaInMD
As I began to expand my knitting repertoire to include techniques beyond stockinette stitch, I often wondered who the clever people were that so carefully engineered the techniques... Read morePublished on February 23, 2014 by JR
I love reading about the history of knitting. And this book looks at the past sources of knitting and at
many different countries and areas. They are precious. Read more
So far I like the book. It's very interesting following the history that is known and what they think since there isn't any actual written documentation. Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by maggs
The information in this book is good for those of us who don't really know that much and the pictures are beautiful. Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by KMP100
Thank you so much. The book is even bigger and better than I anticipated, and I can't wait to finish reading it. :-)Published on April 5, 2013 by Krista Bjorn