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At last - a knitting book with depth,
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If you've read the standard texts describing the history of knitting and feel ready for something more, 'The Culture of Knitting' may be a good place to go next. Joanne Turney takes an academic but very accessible look at the sociological and cultural contexts of knitting and knitwear in the last 50 years. I found this a fascinating read, drawing together some philosophical views of the meaning and significance of different trends in knitwear. Turney is very grounded, aware that some of the conclusions she draws could be rather tenuous were it not for the evidence (and interpretation) that she presents to make her narrative both enlightening and convincing. The scope of the book stops just short of the new wave of popularist knitting that swept first America and is now invading Britain (for how long?) - perhaps the rise and fall of the latest woolly enthusiasm will provide material for her next study.