No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

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Random House Publishing Group, Nov 17, 2010 - Crafts & Hobbies - 512 pages
27 Reviews
Examines the history of the nation from the perspective of women and knitting, tracing the changes in day-to-day life and in women's roles in society from colonial times to the present.

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Review: No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

User Review  - Janet - Goodreads

Nice audiobook about knitting, I learned lots. I can't imagine what people went through: knitting in covered wagons through hardships, knitting for servicemen during wars, servicemen knitting during ... Read full review

Review: No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

User Review  - Greta - Goodreads

As a knitter and feminist, this book was a fascinating history of Women in America as viewed through the lens of Knitting. I was constantly telling other people about what I had found reading this book. It looses steam a bit somewhat towards the end, but a wonderful if dense read! Read full review

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1Colonial Knitters
2Knitting for Liberty
3Knitting in the Circle of Domesticity
4Westward Knit
5Knitting for the Blue
6Knitting for the Gray
12Flappers Versus the OldFashioned Knitters
13The Thirties Knitting Craze
Knitting in War and Peace
Argyles to Zimmermann
16Knitting Now and WhitherKnit?
The Forties Knitting in War and Peace
Knitting from A to Z Argyles to Zimmermann

7MidCentury Knitters
8Sporty Victorian Knitters
9Old Knitters in New Roles
10Oh Say Can You KnitFor Sammy?
11Men and Children for Sammy Too
Knitting Now and WhitherKnit?
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