- Taschenbuch: 228 Seiten
- Verlag: Roost Books; Auflage: Original (11. November 2008)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1590305892
- ISBN-13: 978-1590305898
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,1 x 20,3 cm
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Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change Stitch by Stitch (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 11. November 2008
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“Knitting for Good! is thought-provoking, asking us to examine our ideas and preconceptions about the craft of knitting and the use of the work of our hands to benefit others.”—Tara Jon Manning, author of Mindful Knitting
“Knitting for Good! provides a platform for progressive, forward-thinking knitters and non-knitters alike who are interested in the idea that creativity can be a positive way to change the world we live in. It is chock-full of motivation, ideas, and inspiration to get you going or to keep you on the path you are already on.”—Faythe Levine, director of the documentary, and coauthor of the book, Handmade Nation
In the last five years knitting has undergone a complete transformation. Once considered a grandmotherly craft, knitting is now embraced by new generations of young, socially and politically conscious crafters. For these new knitters, their craft represents much more than the finished project; their knitting is a way to slow down in a faced-paced culture, subvert producers of mass manufactured merchandise, embrace the domestic, connect to people in their community, support communities across the globe, and express their own personal style and creativity.Betsy Greer, creator of Craftivism.com, has written the handbook for this new culture of knitters. By highlighting the subversive, revolutionary, and political aspects of knitting, Greer shows readers that knitting can be a profound way to: connect to ourselves by embracing the personal and meditative aspects of knitting; reach out to our community through sharing our skill and through charity knitting; and support others across the globe by using knitting as a form of activism and expression.She offers musings, thoughts, tips, stories, and step-by-step projects - all in support of the belief that every time we knit we have the opportunity to create positive change in the world. Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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What I admire about this book is its sincere tone and practical applications: Betsy writes on an very humble and intimate level as she inspires small acts that are largely meaningful. Her examination of craft's unique characteristics and development takes me back to my first experiences with craft and reaffirms my decision to focus on fibers and fiber processes. Even if you aren't a knitter (I usually prefer crochet, myself), you will benefit from this quick empowering read.
Betsy ( of "Craftivism" fame) offers lots of personal testimony, some easily digestible political rhetoric, and, at the end of every chapter, some suggestions for actions that help integrate the positive power of knitting into their lives. As well, the patterns in it are fun to knit and have quite a bit of style, a nice improvement on the basic patterns that are usually offered to those who are knitting for charity. There are lots of references included to make it easy for the reader to follow up with their own research.
I particularly like the discussion around knitting for personal expression and the therapeutic aspects of knitting, as well as the use of knitting as a political tool.
Betsy has an articulate and fresh voice that makes this book a pleasure to read. It may appeal slightly more to a younger audience than the somewhat similar volume "Knitting for Peace" by Betty Christiansen that came out a couple of years ago. Even if you have that book, though, "Knitting for Good" is valuable for the way it expand the possibilities of mindful knitting. And on the practical side, its smaller size makes it ideal for slipping into the knitting bag.