- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion; 1st edition (October 11, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 078686611X
- ISBN-13: 978-0786866113
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,951 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Knitting Goddess: Finding the Heart and Soul of Knitting Through Instruction, Projects, and Stories Hardcover – October 11, 2000
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It is not enough that numbers of celebrities and hordes of the not-so-famous are patronizing knitting stores and weaving workshops. The act itself, as evidenced in myths and fantastical stories of old, promises some major spiritual benefits, too. Like a crafty artisan, Bergman intersperses tales of Penelope--who knitted (and unknitted) while waiting nearly two decades for Odysseus' return--with eight free-form projects. Instructions for, say, the ribbed scarf are direct, allowing for variations in materials, size, and pattern. Also, each chapter includes a new knitter's workshop, exploring a stitch to be learned, technique to master (e.g., knitting in the round), and idea to investigate. This unusual book, part how-to and part inspirational, encourages the kind of community or solo thinking that imbues our lives with new directions--through a simple knit one, purl two. Barbara Jacobs
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About the Author
Deborah Bergman is a passionate knitter and writer living in Oregon.
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Please be aware, this book has only a few knitting patterns, mostly- it's a book on the Goddesses and thier stories and how it relates to knitting.
Still a good read for those of us who knit religiously.
If you are looking for a knitting book with clear instructions including photos, look elsewhere. The patterns seemed like an afterthought, in addition to the stories and other text in the book.
Not what I expected and will probably return for a refund or give as a gift.
There are no pictures of the projects, but you can visit a website created by the author to view some of the knitted examples from the book.
I think this book would especially be good for handspinners of "designer" yarns, and also for those of us who collect odd balls of interesting yarns and fibers but aren't quite sure what to do with them. I didn't expect to like this book, but I really am impressed.
Spun in with the stories of the mothers of the world are technical details, pattern ideas & making your errors count, as it were. The illustrations accompanying each story are magical.
This is a lovely, womanly meditative book for anyone starting out in the knitting life as well as a deeply spiritual adventure into the mythology of our feminine world.
Fascinating, informative & fun - a must for the knitters in your life.
And yet...my first project was gorgeous! Somehow her laid back but self confidence-building approach worked. The stories are interesting, and I felt the history put me in touch with what I was knitting in a very different way that a how-to book. For example, the piece she does on the color red inspired me to go for the red stole, even though I never wear red. Am I glad I did, it is beautiful!
The only thing I found a little difficult was that sometimes you have to flip around to get basic information, like weaving in or yarn substitution. But In a way, that was part of the fun. I look forward to my next project in this book.
One tip - her website does have actual pictures of most of the projects. This was helpful for me in determining if I was on the right track.