04 September 2011

The Loving Stitch

Given my passion for vintage knitting patterns, my Kiwi mother-in-law recommended I check out the book The Loving Stitch : A history of knitting and spinning in New Zealand by Heather Nicholson. It traces the history of yarn crafts here from the times of the earliest European settlers in the 1800s up to when it was published in 1999.

I've only just gotten it out from the library, so I haven't had a chance to read it through yet, but it looks fantastic. It's got chapters on knitting during the world wars, knitting between the wars, yarn manufacturing here, and more. The one I'm most excited for is called "Pattern Books and Leaflets." :)

I think it's wonderful that there is this resource that chronicles a part of cultural history that is not often researched - the domestic arts.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Kya of Clutch Instructions


  1. Wow Kya - right up your alley. What a great find/recommendation :)

  2. I am a fan of a bit of History read, with traditional crafts, cheers Marie


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