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Knitting America : a glorious heritage from warm socks to high art (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Susan Strawn

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Title:Knitting America : a glorious heritage from warm socks to high art
Authors:Susan Strawn
Info:St Paul, MN : Voyageur Press, c2007.
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Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art by Susan M. Strawn (2007)

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As the author notes, there is very little history of knitting in America (I'm Canadian, but close enough--to a large extent we share a similar milieu), so this is a welcome addition. I'm an avid knitter, but don't read patterns for fun, so really do love having another book for my very small shelf of non-instructional books about knitting. (I'm also an art historian--and can scarcely imagine a world in which 99.9% of the books about art are how-to books, but that's the case with knitting!) 4 not 5 stars because I need emotional involvement (tears, or amazement) to get up to 5, but there's nothing wrong with this one--it delivers what it sets out to do.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
“Susan has placed the history of knitting within the context of American history, so we can clearly see how knitting is intertwined with such subjects as geography, migration, politics, economics, female emancipation, and evolving social mores. She has traced how a melting pot of knitting traditions found their way into American culture via vast waves of immigration, expanded opportunity for travel, and technology.” —Melanie Falick

This is the history that Knitting America celebrates. Beautifully illustrated with vintage pattern booklets, posters, postcards, black-and-white historical photographs, and contemporary color photographs of knitted pieces in private collections and in museums, this book is an exquisite view of America through the handiwork of its knitters. ( )
  RochesterKnittingGui | Apr 15, 2016 |
This is a fun history of knitting in America, of the trends in pattern making, yarn and needle marketing, knitting groups, knitting origins, and celebrity endorsement. The book even includes some patterns and describes many invaluable pattern sources (like Elizabeth Zimmerman or vintage pattern archives online). ( )
  ammie | Nov 10, 2010 |
Knitting America: A Glorious Heritage from Warm Socks to High Art celebrates the craft and its history in America within a historical context from the colonial period to the present. Knitters are often curious about knitters and, in the past, little information has been available on knitting in America. Susan Strawn provides a fully detailed answer, exploring knitting from historical, cultural and artistic viewpoints. As Melanie Falick states in her introduction; “…Susan has placed the history of knitting within the context of American history, so we can clearly see how knitting is intertwined with such subjects as geography, migration, politics, economics, female emancipation, and evolving social mores.”

The earliest knitters in America were probably taught by the Spanish who introduced desert “churra” sheep to the New World. By early 1600s, other European (knitting) nations had arrived along the Atlantic seaboard and by the early 1700s girls were recorded working on their spinning and knitting. The first half of Knitting America covers knitting from colonial times to the end of the 19th century. The second half looks at knitting from the beginning of the 20th century to modern times. Interspersed throughout are 20 historical knitting patterns including: an 1850s “necktie” scarf; fancy silk mittens from 1880s; an 1890s Victorian miser’s purse; Civil War era Union Army socks; and a World War II U.S. Navy Iceland sweater.

Lavishly illustrated with more than 300 historical photographs, illustrations, advertisements, vintage pattern booklets and vintage garments selected from museum collections, Strawn has created a truly fascinating volume. Knitting America is the perfect coffee table book for lovers of fiber arts, as well as anyone interested in women’s history in the United States of America.

Sample Pattern: Imogene Scarf ( )
  Antheras | Feb 3, 2008 |
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  alpolcyn | Jan 7, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0760326215, Hardcover)

The first fully detailed, full-color, comprehensive history of knitting in America from Colonial times to the present, with vintage pattern booklets, posters, postcards, and photos.

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KNITTING. Susan has placed the history of knitting within the context of American history, so we can clearly see how knitting is intertwined with such subjects as geography, migration, politics, economics, female emancipation, and evolving social mores. She has traced how a melting pot of knitting traditions found their way into American culture via vast waves of immigration, expanded opportunity for travel, and technology. --Melanie Falick. This is the history that Knitting America celebrates. Beautifully illustrated with vintage pattern booklets, posters, postcards, black-and-white historical photographs, and contemporary color photographs of knitted pieces in private collections and in museums, this book is an exquisite view of America through the handiwork of its knitters.… (more)

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