Knitting has recently exploded in popularity. Professionals, punks, and feminists are embracing this ancient craft, an activity that was previously relegated to the realm of the "traditional" woman, the mother and homemaker. While knitting books ...
featuring such hip projects as iPod cozies and yoga mat bags abound, few explore the subculture of knitting in any depth. Who are these people? Why knitting, why now? Intrepid journalist and avid knitter Wills set out to find out. She takes us on a fascinating tour through the history of knitting, profiling such women as the revolutionary Elizabeth Zimmerman, whose strong opinions and classic book, "Knitting without Tears", popularized knitting in the 1970s, anticipating current trends. Wills visits knitting groups who meet at such places as a feminist vegetarian restaurant, women's centers, senior centers, and youth organizations. She interviews political activists who knit "tree cozies" to protect the trees against developers, groups that knit afghans for Afghans, and knitters who make hats for people with cancer. She also explores online knitting communities. Those who are new to the craft will come away feeling more connected to the history of knitting as well as to their place in today's universe of knitters, while those who have been unable to put down their needles since stitching that first scarf will glean new ideas for their next blog session, online shopping spree, or knitting group get-together.
Number of pages: 170
Date of publication: 30/04/2007
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