No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

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Ballantine Books, Apr 7, 1990 - Crafts & Hobbies - 512 pages
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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.

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In-depth and informative, and loaded with amusing anecdotes.

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I know this book would bore most people, but I took my time and really enjoyed it. It was fascinating to see the social history of knitting and to understand how we came to be where we are today. I ... Read full review


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MacDonald has successfully marketed her own patented invention. She is the former chair of the history department of the National Cathedral School in Washington, DC.

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