Author(s): Heather Nicholson
Winner of the 1999 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Montana Medal for non-fiction. This unusual and engaging history book focuses on New Zealand women and their intimate and sometimes subversive relationship with wool. It deals especially with New Zealand women's lives, duties, leisure, creativity and craft since knitting came to New Zealand 185 years ago with the first missionaries in 1814. Knitting simultaneously demands and hones mental agility, manual dexterity, listening skills, mathematical ability and creative expression. It is a task as absorbing as reading a good book, as demanding as playing the piano, as meditative as a good massage, as mentally challenging as chess, and as creative as the person holding the needles. And yet, men and women today have been known to play down their partiality to knitting as if it was something of which to be ashamed.