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frenchtoast
Chatty Knitter

Canada
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Posted - 05/16/2003 :  2:33:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit frenchtoast's Homepage Send frenchtoast a Private Message
I'd like to read a book about the history of knitting. i have found two online:
A History of Hand Knitting by Richard Rutt
and No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting by Anne L. MacDonald
Has anyone read anything like that?

KEG
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122 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2003 :  4:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send KEG a Private Message
Hi -
I read No Idle Hands many years ago and can't remember it too well, but there was a discussion on it in these forums several months ago. Try the "search" option if you want to find the discussion. My memory is that I liked the book well enough but it took me a while to slog through.
I'm reading Richard Rutt's book now. It's tremendously well researched and thorough, at least about knitting in England (Anne MacDonald's book is about American knitting). Haven't gotten to the parts where he discusses the rest of the world, yet. He has a clear and concise, if unexciting, writing style and has done his work v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. I'm enjoying the book.
Kate
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KEG
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122 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2003 :  4:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send KEG a Private Message
Hi -
I read No Idle Hands many years ago and can't remember it too well, but there was a discussion on it in these forums several months ago. Try the "search" option if you want to find the discussion. My memory is that I liked the book well enough but it took me a while to slog through.
I'm reading Richard Rutt's book now. It's tremendously well researched and thorough, at least about knitting in England (Anne MacDonald's book is about American knitting). Haven't gotten to the parts where he discusses the rest of the world, yet. He has a clear and concise, if unexciting, writing style and has done his work v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. I'm enjoying the book.
Kate
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KEG
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122 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2003 :  4:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send KEG a Private Message
Hi -
I read No Idle Hands many years ago and can't remember it too well, but there was a discussion on it in these forums several months ago. Try the "search" option if you want to find the discussion. My memory is that I liked the book well enough but it took me a while to slog through.
I'm reading Richard Rutt's book now. It's tremendously well researched and thorough, at least about knitting in England (Anne MacDonald's book is about American knitting). Haven't gotten to the parts where he discusses the rest of the world, yet. He has a clear and concise, if unexciting, writing style and has done his work v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. I'm enjoying the book.
Kate
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KEG
Sustaining Member

122 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2003 :  4:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send KEG a Private Message
Hi -
I read No Idle Hands many years ago and can't remember it too well, but there was a discussion on it in these forums several months ago. Try the "search" option if you want to find the discussion. My memory is that I liked the book well enough but it took me a while to slog through.
I'm reading Richard Rutt's book now. It's tremendously well researched and thorough, at least about knitting in England (Anne MacDonald's book is about American knitting). Haven't gotten to the parts where he discusses the rest of the world, yet. He has a clear and concise, if unexciting, writing style and has done his work v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. I'm enjoying the book.
Kate
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KEG
Sustaining Member

122 Posts

Posted - 05/19/2003 :  4:56:38 PM  Show Profile Send KEG a Private Message
Hi -
I read No Idle Hands many years ago and can't remember it too well, but there was a discussion on it in these forums several months ago. Try the "search" option if you want to find the discussion. My memory is that I liked the book well enough but it took me a while to slog through.
I'm reading Richard Rutt's book now. It's tremendously well researched and thorough, at least about knitting in England (Anne MacDonald's book is about American knitting). Haven't gotten to the parts where he discusses the rest of the world, yet. He has a clear and concise, if unexciting, writing style and has done his work v-e-r-y c-a-r-e-f-u-l-l-y. I'm enjoying the book.
Kate
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nellcm
Chatty Knitter

161 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2003 :  07:55:48 AM  Show Profile Send nellcm a Private Message
I read No Idle Hands and enjoyed it quite a bit, but i really like reading knitting history. It is similar to reading a texbook, but an interesting one. And one you'd never read in school. I learned alot about everyday life in the colonies and America as it grew that was never even hinted at in school. ( A great disservice to women, but that's another subject).

I haven't read Richard Rutt book yet, but I am planning to get it.
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nellcm
Chatty Knitter

161 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2003 :  07:55:48 AM  Show Profile Send nellcm a Private Message
I read No Idle Hands and enjoyed it quite a bit, but i really like reading knitting history. It is similar to reading a texbook, but an interesting one. And one you'd never read in school. I learned alot about everyday life in the colonies and America as it grew that was never even hinted at in school. ( A great disservice to women, but that's another subject).

I haven't read Richard Rutt book yet, but I am planning to get it.
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nellcm
Chatty Knitter

161 Posts

Posted - 05/30/2003 :  07:55:48 AM  Show Profile Send nellcm a Private Message
I read No Idle Hands and enjoyed it quite a bit, but i really like reading knitting history. It is similar to reading a texbook, but an interesting one. And one you'd never read in school. I learned alot about everyday life in the colonies and America as it grew that was never even hinted at in school. ( A great disservice to women, but that's another subject).

I haven't read Richard Rutt book yet, but I am planning to get it.
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frenchtoast
Chatty Knitter

Canada
188 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2003 :  05:40:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit frenchtoast's Homepage Send frenchtoast a Private Message
thanks so much.

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frenchtoast
Chatty Knitter

Canada
188 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2003 :  05:40:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit frenchtoast's Homepage Send frenchtoast a Private Message
thanks so much.

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frenchtoast
Chatty Knitter

Canada
188 Posts

Posted - 06/01/2003 :  05:40:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit frenchtoast's Homepage Send frenchtoast a Private Message
thanks so much.

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