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No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting | [Anne L Macdonald]

No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

Drawn from diaries, letters, and personal reminiscences, No Idle Hands tells an intimate and sometimes hair-raising story of hand knitting in America from Colonial times onward. Women knit through the hardships of covered-wagon travel across the West. They knit to save their husbands and sons from freezing to death on battlefields....
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Drawn from diaries, letters, and personal reminiscences, No Idle Hands tells an intimate and sometimes hair-raising story of hand knitting in America from Colonial times onward. Women knit through the hardships of covered-wagon travel across the West. They knit to save their husbands and sons from freezing to death on battlefields. Shell-shocked men knit to save their sanity in hospitals during both world wars.

No Idle Hands documents the importance knitting has had in American life.

©1988 Anne L Macdonald; (P)2008 Knitting out Loud

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    Suzanne 01-05-11
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    I am a long time knitter, and although I loved the stories/facts in this book, it just brushed the surface! I felt there was too much unsaid!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    James Palmer, AK, United States 10-10-12
    James Palmer, AK, United States 10-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    What did you love best about No Idle Hands?

    Kymberly Dakin has the sweetest voice-- I love listening to her. The story is fine-- it's a history of knitting and is interesting to me because I am a compulsive knitter. Kymberly's voice make it interesting because her voice and inflections are kind. She is probably a trained actress, but I feel like she is speaking to her audience, not just reading.


    What other book might you compare No Idle Hands to and why?

    So far, I don't know of any. I am going to order some more knitting books, Knitting Memories (by Lela Nargi) is next because Kymberly is the speaker.


    Which character – as performed by Kymberly Dakin – was your favorite?

    I am listening to this for the third time. I think the introduction pulls me in, and I love the humor with which Anne writes of the plays that were written during WWII for the knitter's circles. I heard this and my own daughter has a boyfriend deploying to the Iraqi war and I am making her learn to knit because of this. It's a good thing to do while anxious.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Profound interest. I don't mind listening to it a second time because the anecdotes are ones to share in my next knitting circle.


    Any additional comments?

    The other day I was writing memoir and I heard Kymberly Dakin's voice in my head. She is truly gifted as a speaker.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Ullman WEST HARTFORD, CT United States 06-04-12
    D. Ullman WEST HARTFORD, CT United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2009

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    "If you enjoy knitting, you will enjoy this"
    If you could sum up No Idle Hands in three words, what would they be?

    If you enjoy knitting, you will enjoy this well told history of the impact knitting has had on our history. There is more here than you would think. Very well read so a subject that could be dry keeps you interested.


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    Louise Ann Benjamin Minnesota, USA 03-04-13
    Louise Ann Benjamin Minnesota, USA 03-04-13
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    "Great book, good narration"

    Is a great listen, good for a lovely sit with the needles. Anne Macdonald is thorough, and fascinating. Thank you!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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