Knitting Around the World

Knitting Around the World

A Multistranded History of A Time-honored Tradition

Book - 2011
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Here is the history of knitting around the globe, examining styles, techniques, and particular styles countries and regions--including England, Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Japan, Australia, Canada, United States, Peru, Bolivia, and more. Highlighted are 20 profiles of historically significant knitters who are using particular techniques today--plus 20 patterns that exemplify knitting traditions from around the world.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Voyageur Press, 2011.
ISBN: 9780760337943
Branch Call Number: 746.432 NAR
Characteristics: 264 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Cornell, Kari A.

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Jan 13, 2013

The appeal of this book serves the interest of the casual or the avid knitter. Beginning with the history of knitting, while limited in documentation, it takes you through the transition of knitting by way of necessity of garments suitable for need and comfort. Initially, knit garments found their way for utilitarian use, socks, mittens, scarves and other garments. It follows that fashion and creativity would follow need, and thus knitting skills and techniques diversified and spread. The availability of wool, dye and other fabrics determined expansion of the craft. History, geography and economics wove the story and evolution from the beginnings.
The documentation of this book very often quotes other authors, source, and dates that interrupt the flow of the narrative. There is, understandably reference to cities and geographic areas, with spelling and location quite foreign to the reader. However this is a world history, but the reader does flounder a bit between these two issues.
The author intersperses the history with diversions intertwining modern artisans and techniques to bring a connection between the past and present.
Fabric garments do not survive the passage of time very well. This makes it difficult to follow the very beginnings, time, and in many cases, the techniques that evolved. With often only fragments to analyze
there is dispute as always with historians, and the world of archeology, often leading to no conclusions. So it is with knitting, but to read of the diverse opinions gives the reader the different perspectives.
If you are a knitter, or a weaver, you can only be in awe of those early artisans who developed these methods and the continued reverence for the craft. A passion for knitting is enriched by this travel through time and history.

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