The Power of Knitting

The Power of Knitting Stitching Together Our Lives in a Fractured World

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Synopsis

Purl and stitch: Empowering, healing, and reconnecting us to each other and ourselves

In a fractured world plagued by anxiety and loneliness, knitting is coming to the rescue of people from all walks of life. Economist and lifelong knitter Loretta Napoleoni unveils the hidden power of the purl and stitch mantra: an essential tool for the survival of our species, a means for women to influence history, a soothing activity to calm us, and a powerful metaphor of life.

This book is a voyage through our history following the yarn of social, economic and political changes - from ancient Egypt and Peru to modern Mongolia, from the spinning bees of the American Revolution to the knitting spies of World War II, and from the hippies' rejection of consumerism to yarnbombing protests against climate change. For the author it is also a personal journey of discovery and salvation, drawing on the wisdom her grandmother passed along as they knit together.

Revealing recent discoveries in neuroscience, The Power of Knitting offers proof of the healing powers of knitting on our bodies and minds. Breaking through societal barriers, even nursing broken hearts, and helping to advance cutting-edge science, knitting is still a valuable instrument for navigating our daily lives.

As a bonus, the book includes patterns for ten simple yet iconic projects that reflect the creative, empowering spirit of knitting, with complete instructions.

Book information

ISBN: 9780593087190
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Imprint: Perigee Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 746.432
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 3044
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 596g
Height: 211mm
Width: 159mm
Spine width: 27mm