No Idle Hands: The Social History of American Knitting

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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.

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Louise T M

Nov 25, 2015

No Idle Hands

This book is just as it says, a social history of American knitting. The pieces on the necessity of knitting during the Civil War and the World Wars are particularly insightful. Although I wish the author I done a better job of footnoting her quotes. The sources are given in the back of the book but it would have been helpful to have some point of reference in the text.

CableCarBelle

Dec 24, 2009

Just OK

This book is only moderately interesting. The author obviously did her research, but the problem is in her presentation. She appears to have taken her findings, put them in chronological order, and then simply strings them together without much creativity.

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