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The joy of knitting : texture, color, design, and the global knitting circle
Myers, Lisa R.
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Philadelphia : Running Press, [2001]

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167 pages : color ; 21 cm
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TT820 .M93 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The craft of knitting continues to thrive, both as a way to produce unique, stylish, handcrafted garments, and as a practice of meditative solace in a stressful world. This lively, comprehensive book for the growing population of contemporary knitters is an invaluable guide to fiber quality, texture, color, and pattern resources. It provides a complete global overview, from the politics of knitting as economic opportunity in undeveloped areas to the communal pleasures of Internet knitting circles to the inspiring beauty of ethnic motif in mittens, scarves, socks, and other items. Lisa Myers profiles influential designers, celebrates the joys of knitting in solitude and the tactile pleaures of yarn, and provides patterns for projects including a Log Cabin Pillow, an "intellectually challenging" three-dimensional hat, a Mobius scarf, and even a Palm Pilot cover. Lisa Myers holds a Ph.D. in English literature and is the proprietor of Sophie's Yarns in Philadelphia.

Author Notes

Lisa R. Myers holds a Ph.D in English literature. She is the proprietor of Sophie's Yarns in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Elizabeth Zimmerman's Knitting Without Tears (1973) inspired a whole generation of knitters to take up the craft and is still in print today. Like it, Myers's effort is fun to read whether you are a knitter or just want to learn a bit about the fascinating culture of knitting. Unlike Zimmerman's book, however, it is geared to a cyber age, with chapters on the online knitters' community, knitting in many cultures, and knitting as a way of giving back to society. Myers, who has a Ph.D. in English literature, covers knitting basics such as color, texture, and fiber in a series of essays each concluding with an illustrative pattern. The chapter on knitting in the computer age, for example, features directions for knitting a Palm Pilot cover, while the chapter on knitting to improve the world concludes with a pattern for a preemie cap. Recommended generally. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.