Book of the week

People Knitting
A Century of Photographs

713j1axlcqlPeople Knitting
, a book by Barbara Levine, is a charming tribute in vintage photographs and printed ephemera to the ever-popular, often all-consuming, craft of knitting.

When women posed with their knitting in the earliest nineteenth-century photographs, it demonstrated their virtue and skill as homemakers.

Later, knitting became fashionable among the wealthy as a sign of culture and artistic ability. During the two world wars, images of nurses, soldiers, prisoners, and even knitting clubs composed of very serious small boys—all with heads bent down, intent on knitting items (especially socks) for the troops—abounded.

In the 1950s and 1960s, as snapshots became ubiquitous, knitters took on a jauntier air, posing with handiwork held proudly aloft.

People Knitting is a quirky and fascinating gift for the knitter in your life.

People Knitting
A Century of Photographs
By  Barbara Levine
Available at Amazon

All photos in this post are from the book People Knitting.