My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


People Knitting

Another fun book!


This is People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine. The title describes it pretty well: it is a collection of photos of people knitting from the 1860s through to the 1960s. Mostly these are regular, everyday people, with a few celebrities thrown in to the mix.

Published by Princeton Architectural Press on October 4, 2016, this is a small format (5″ x 7.75″) hardcover book that would be a fun addition to your library, or a delightful holiday gift for the knitter on your list.

There is an index at the back of the book that consists of a thumbnail of each photo with its identifying information.

There is a short Vimeo video that flips through the book here.

Some of my favorite photos:


This fellow is a taxicab driver in London ca. 1940, knitting between fares.


This adorable image is from 1939 and is housed in the Shetland Museum and Archives


This image is identified as a Seattle woman knitting while walking, ca. 1918. I like this photo because she looks so self-assured and happy, and also because she bears a resemblance to my paternal grandmother.


And this is knitting for the forces at the beauty salon, London, 1940. You have to love some good multi-tasking!

There are a few photos that I had seen before in other places, but most of these are new to me. There are also a few reproductions of knitting related posters, greeting cards, etc. And a quote about knitting here and there. Like this one from Emily Post from “Etiquette and the War” published in the New York Times, May 17, 1943:


Excellent advice, yes?

The publisher kindly sent me two copies so I could keep one and give one away. So, who’d like a copy?

To be entered in the drawing to win my copy of People Knitting: A Century of Photographs by Barbara Levine, please leave a comment on this post by 11:00am on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Loki will draw a winner at that time.


“May I help you?”


  1. Love to look at pics of people knitting

  2. Lisa Ingle says:

    So neat and inspiring. Such a great little book

  3. Cool book! Pick me, Loki!

  4. Carole Jones says:

    Super cool

  5. Looks like a good book. Would love to have one

  6. I love photos of people knitting, especially the vintage ones. I’m always amazed at how much a part of people’s daily life knitting really was. I can’t seem to get past the hump of being able to knit without looking at my work, much less knit, walk, and tend to myriad household and farm chores! This looks like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

  7. Nothing better than “seeing” the history of knitters and knitting.

  8. Grace Doolittle says:

    The documentation of the history of knitting and knitters is so important!

  9. The books just keep coming….one good one after another!

  10. History, photos and knitting; a winning combination!

  11. This really looks like a neat book! I would love to win.
    Also – Loki looks too adorable in his Cat Ball!!!

  12. What a wonderful book! I’d love to have it. Thansk for offering it.

  13. This looks like fun!

  14. I love history that tells how people actually lived; this certainly qualifies. I wonder if those dears were knitting for the war effort? For me, I’ll be so glad when I won’t be making any more helmet liners. *hands clasped in prayer*

  15. How fascinating! I love old photos and knitting.

  16. Helene Ross says:

    What a fun book! I love it. Pick me Loki.

  17. philhellene on Rav says:

    I like the cat and the little girl picture a lot. Pompon says Loki please pick me!

  18. Heidi Nielsen says:

    Please Loki – I love to read about historical handicrafts, so I really hope that your gratefull paw could pick at my comment and ship a book across the Atlantic 🙂

  19. What an amazing book! Pick me Loki, I have cat snacks for you!

  20. Ann Hedington says:

    I love history of knitting! and I love photos of people knitting, please pick me Loki! 🙂

  21. Helen Johnson says:

    Pick me, Loki! I ooh and aaah every time your mom posts a picture of you. That and old photographs are cool, but old photographs of people knitting would be even cooler. 🙂
    Have a good weekend!

  22. Kristen Kristek says:

    Please enter me in the drawing!

  23. I would love to have Loki help me with something but all I can think of right now is that he pick me as winner of this wonderful book. I used to do my own B&W photography (in the old days of film) and really enjoy looking at old photographs. I’d seen this book online and decided I couldn’t justify buying it right now. So what could be better than being chosen by such a handsome cat to win a lovely book of knitting photographs!

  24. People knitting! Love it count me in please!

  25. Looks amazing I’d love it

  26. Pick me, Loki!

  27. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

  28. What a great idea for a book! There should be a picture of Loki knitting!!!

  29. Heather K says:

    Love knitting, history, books – this one can’t miss.

  30. Candace M says:

    Oh! The picture of the little one knitting! I love searching out historical photos and if they are of peopoe knitting (or spinning)- even better1

  31. Charlottewv says:

    Your Knitting is gorgeous, as always. And Loki is adorable!!!

  32. Read your post too late for the contest draw but love the photos so much I have added the book to my holiday wish list! Love the photo of the very young girl pausing her knitting to pet a cat. Cat lover obviously!
    Thanks for the helpful review!