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No Idle Hands:
The Social History of American Knitting

by Anne Macdonald

ISBN 0345339061 / 9780345339065 / 0-345-33906-1
Publisher Ballantine Books
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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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. [via]