29 August 2006

Publishers Weekly on knitting

The August 28 issue of "Publishers Weekly" has a cover story about knitting. It begins: "In the hobbies and crafts category, knitting began to take hold about six years ago; no one knows why. But in a post 9/11 world, the activity has continued to increase in popularity."

Although knitting book sales have slipped a bit, "One thing is for sure: if the trendiness of knitting someday vanishes, there will remain a committed community of knitters."

I'm intrigued by two upcoming books: Knitting for Peace: Make the World a Better Place One Stitch at a Time by Betty Christiansen, and novelist Ann Hood's The Knitting Circle.

Two of my favorite things -- knitting and books. Life is good.


Carrie K said...

The community of knitters has probably been around before the current "trendiness" of knitting.

It still amazes me that it's trendy.

Jennifer said...

I don't see knitting as trendy but rather timeless.

Becky said...

Thanks for sharing info on these books. They look very interesting.

Bridget said...

Thanks for the heads up on these!

My husband, who is an assistant manager at a bookstore, brought me home an Advance Readers' Copy of a book called "Knitting Under the Influence." I think it is supposed to come out in September anyway, but I'll take a look this weekend.

The summary blurb on the back cover wasn't really inspiring, but I know from past experience that they don't always give a good picture of the book on the Advance Readers' Copy.

Anyway, I'll let you know.

Zee said...

Ahh... yes, life is good. :)

Those seem to be very interesting. I'll look them up. Not that I need MORE books or haven't enough reading to do. LOL!

Paula said...

Well I love the community of reading knitters! Such great folks!