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 ...Read MoreDrawn 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.Read Less
Good. Worn Corners and/or Page Edges(PossiblyBent). Creases on Cover. Cocked Spine. Soiled Cover and/or Pages. Staining on Cover and/or Pages. Used-Good. Sound Copy (Mild Reading Wear). May have scuffs or missing DJ. May have some notes, highlighting or underlining. Purchasing this item from Goodwill provides vocational opportunities to individuals with barriers to employment.
Very good in very good dust jacket. Price clipped. Light shelf wear to DJ. Gift inscription on ffep. Book is otherwise fine. Interior clean, binding tight. xxvi, 484 p. : ill.; 24 cm. Includes Illustrations. Includes index. Bibliography: p. 421-459.
Fine in near fine jacket. Hardcover. 484 pp. with index, bibliography. Illustrated. Fine, previous ownership signature front free endpaper, in near fine dust jacket with moderate spine fade. Intriguing view of the role of women in American history as uniquely represented through the art and craft of knitting. The author sheds new light on women's use of knitting as a representation of their changing historical roles---from the colonial woman for whoim idleness was a sin, to her Victorian counterpart who enjoyed knitting ehile viviting and entertaining, to the war wife eager to provide warmth for her soldier/husband.
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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