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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (229 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne L Macdonald Narrator: Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Knitting Out Loud Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/13/2014

    " Very interesting! Great reference book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary-Heather | 2/11/2014

    " I love nonfiction history - particularly women's history - and this is a dense, fascinating read if you are interested in the social aspects of knitting in America. It actually made me proud to be a knitter and a textile crafter - in a world that no longer "needs" handmade fibers, but once very much did, it was eye-opening to read about how knitting has been a truly revolutionary act. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/5/2014

    " This knitting history focuses upon America, so it starts at a later date than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sw | 2/4/2014

    " Listened to audio version and enjoyed it, but it would have been very dry to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Molly | 2/3/2014

    " I am biased because I am obsessed with knitting, so much so that I am writing my thesis about it. But this book was really great. MacDonald did a lot of research about women's journals, period advertising, and the visual culture associated with knitting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/26/2014

    " Learned lots of interesting history about handknitting and the role it has played throughout American history, including universal suffrage. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/19/2014

    " SLow-going but utterly fascinating history of knitting in the USA. And the pictures are great, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 1/15/2014

    " I love this book. A little bit of American History told through the lens of knitting. Great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 12/14/2013

    " The information contained within the book was fascinating, but I found it tedious reading after a while. The last chapter was an interesting snapshot of the knitting scene when the book was published 23 years ago. May be time for an update. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 12/11/2013

    " Listened to the abridged audio December 2009 and again June 2010. The book is much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jinjifore | 7/29/2013

    " This is another indispensable book on the history of knitting. It is, as advertised, a social history, and as such focuses on what people were knitting, and why, rather than on patterns and techniques. It's a fascinating portrait of the knitting women and men in the United States. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna Piranha | 11/24/2012

    " A fascinating look at the history of knitting in the United States. Ok, probably not fascinating to non-knitters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selma | 8/5/2012

    " Dull as dishwater, conventionally-written. Some useful info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alicia | 1/5/2012

    " Interesting read on the historical aspect of hand knitting. It covers the time from the American settlers to the 1980s. The author kept it interesting and the photographs are outstanding. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/9/2011

    " You probably have to be a knitter to appreciate this book. I found it occasionally slow. But, on the whole, I thought it was interesting and enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah Hopkinson | 7/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book very much and it inspired one of my own about knitting in World War I. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eddy Allen | 7/22/2011

    " Examines the history of the nation from the perspective of women and knitting, tracing the changes in day-to-day life and in women's roles in society from colonial times to the present. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sw | 2/14/2011

    " Listened to audio version and enjoyed it, but it would have been very dry to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Libby | 6/21/2010

    " Listened to the abridged audio December 2009 and again June 2010. The book is much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 1/6/2010

    " Still reading, but enjoying the subject matter thoroughly. If you aren't a knitter, you will probably be bored in some areas. I'm listening to the audio version, and it holds my attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Selma | 1/1/2010

    " Dull as dishwater, conventionally-written. Some useful info. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 11/17/2009

    " Learned lots of interesting history about handknitting and the role it has played throughout American history, including universal suffrage. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 3/23/2009

    " This is the book the library threatened to revoke my library privileges over. It is half read because the library cannot understand meandering through the pages. C'mon! Was there really such a line to read the social history of American knitting? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 3/21/2009

    " I love this book. A little bit of American History told through the lens of knitting. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/6/2008

    " One of the few sources available on the history of knitting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 8/6/2008

    " This knitting history focuses upon America, so it starts at a later date than others. "

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