The Loving Stitch: A History of Knitting and Spinning in New Zealand

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Auckland University Press, 1998 - Crafts & Hobbies - 308 pages
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This is an engaging history of a subject never before explored but familiar to many New Zealanders. Knitting came to New Zealand with the missionaries, and Heather Nicholson constantly reminds us of the ancient European history of the craft. But her main focus is on a chronological picture of antipodean knitting which is also a history of the domestic lives of women, of their resourcefulness, their talent, their sociability. She follows the growth of pattern books, the role of knitting for the troops in two world wars, knitting in the Depression and the recent interest in art knitting. She also explores the different items produced by the skilled knitter, from jerseys and guernseys, to counterpanes, socks and stockings and the scarf that stretched right round Parliament Buildings.

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