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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Keep Your Mind Occupied While Your Fingers Are Flying

Are you a knitter? What do you do while your fingers are knitting and purling? May I suggest listening to an audio book? We have a gazillion! You knitters may be interested in these items we just added to our collection:

Feitelson, Ann. The Art of Fair Isle Knitting. [AB/CD 746.32 FEI]
Ann Feitelson applies ardent dedication to her research. She leads readers through the history of Fair Isle knitting to an examination of the style's techniques, explicating not only the unique colorways and patterns, but such valuable details as ways to hold the yarn.

Knitting Memories: Reflections on the Knitter's Life. [AB/CD 746.432 KNI]
Sometimes it is a cherished knitted item that starts a story, sometimes the quest for another skein of the perfect yarn, and sometimes the way knitting is worked into a memory. There's a reason a "yarn" might be a tale or a thread, drawing us along - as these knitters do with their stories of the knitter’s art...Each story in this wonderful collection focuses on one of the best parts of the knitting tradition - making a gift for someone special, or receiving a gift, or cherishing a gift that has been handed down through the generations.

MacDonald, Anne L. No Idle Hands: The Social History of American History. [AB/CD 746.432 MAC]
An historian and lifelong knitter, Anne Macdonald now expertly guides readers on a revealing tour of the history of knitting in America. In No Idle Hands Macdonald considers how the necessity -- and the pleasure -- of knitting has shaped women's lives.

Here is the Colonial woman for whom idleness was a sin and her Victorian counterpart, who enjoyed the pleasure of knitting while visiting with friends; the war wife eager to provide her man with warmth and comfort, and the modern woman busy creating fashionable handknits for herself and her family. Macdonald examines each phase of American history and gives us a clear and compelling look at life, then and now. And through it all, we see how knitting has played an important part in the way society has viewed women -- and how women have viewed themselves.

Rutt, Richard. A History of Hand Knitting. [AB/CD 746.432 RUT]
...provides a full history of hand knitting by tracing the development and refinement of the craft. With special attention to the social aspects of knitting, it examines the changes in tools and techniques within different regions. Examined in detail are the history of European knitting before 1500, knitting in Britain from Henry VIII to the Commonwealth, from the Restoration to 1835, during the 19th century, and during World War I and after. Further explorations consider local traditions in the British Isles, knitting as practiced east of the Adriatic, and developments in the Americas.

Stoller, Debbie. Stitch 'N Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook. [AB/CD 746.432 STO]
In Stitch 'n Bitch, Debbie Stoller-founder of the first Stitch 'n Bitch knitting group in New York City-covers every aspect of knitting and the knitting-together lifestyle: the how-to, the when-to, the what-to, the why-to. Writing with wit and attitude (The Knitty-Gritty, Blocking for Blockheads), she explains the different types of needles and yarns (and sheep, too) and all the techniques from basic to fancy, knit to purl to cast-off.

These audiobooks have been produced by a new company from Maine, Knitting Out Loud, which is devoted to stories connected to the age-old art of knitting. If you have a knitting story you would like to share, visit the website at www.knittingoutloud.com. To read more about this start-up company, click here.

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