Knitting Through It: Inspiring Stories for Times of Trouble

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Lela Nargi
Voyageur Press, Mar 15, 2008 - Crafts & Hobbies - 224 pages

Most knitters know: Getting through a difficult time often means knitting through it. Its this home truth--and all the homespun wisdom behind it--that comes through clearly in the writings gathered in this book.

These pieces--some by contemporary writers like Donna Druchunas and Sherri Wood, others excerpted from the WPAs Federal Writers Project--tell stories of knitting through adversity as widespread as war or the Great Depression, as personal as political anxiety, as unyielding as a prison term, and as tenacious as the hardships endured by the Native American community over centuries.

Men and women, young and old, rural and urban, white and black--their knitting narratives are poignant, often lyrical, rich with personal and cultural history and vivid imagery. They conjure hardscrabble lives and immigrant experience, the work of anxious hands kept busy creating warmth and beauty or earning desperately needed money. Along with the stories from the WPA project, the book features black and white photographs from the Library of Congress archives, as well as a sampling of patterns to help knitters through their own difficult times.

 

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Contents

Weaving the Past into the Future
15
Sofias Hands by Alexandra Halpin
29
Photo of Woman Knitting Washington D C
42
Photo of soft Icelandic shoes with knitted insoles
56
Photo of a girl at the London Loudon Hosiery Mills
69
The Rising Tide by Amy Holman
75
Excerpts from an interview at Abyssinia
81
Knitting Through Red States vs Blue States
87
Knitting Softens the Impact as Worlds Collide
128
Butterfly lace pattern
141
Excerpt from An Unfinished Stocking
158
Him and
171
Photo of End of the Day
187
Mothers Daughters Granddaughters
193
Stereocard of two women
207
Notes on the Contributors
217

Beginners Scarf
93
Photo of 1200 Hats 11
112
All New York in Big Knitting Bee 1918
115
Photo of Russian knitting bag and glass candlesticks
223
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About the author (2008)

Lela Nargi is a knitter, author, and former journalist who lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her book Knitting Lessons: Tales from the Knitting Path documented her own adventures in learning to knit, and also featured dozens of interviews with knitters around the country, as a means to understanding what it is about the practice of knitting that draws people in and keeps them returning, sometimes obsessively, to their yarn. A recent essay about knitting, Knitting Is Work and the Widows of Sant Arsenio is included in Knitting Yarns and Spinning Tales. Lela is also the editor of Knitting Memories: Reflections on the Knitter's Life, published by Voyageur Press.

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