History on Two Needles
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For years, Annie Modesitt dreamed about a collection of designs based on iconic works from art history, blending several of her great loves (knitting, history, and art) into one set of finished patterns that anyone could knit and wear.
Drawing inspiration from historic images, Modesitt has created 17 stunning garments that make a statement without becoming costumes. Each piece tells a fascinating story of both political change in the world and garment silhouette and detailing. Join this acclaimed designer for your own world historical tour on two needles!
A native of Ohio, Annie Modesitt taught herself to knit at age 25 before a move from NYC to Texas. The Texas tenure didn’t last, but knitting did, and upon her return to the New York area she began knitting for other designers and designing for major knitting magazines.
Her work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and many international fiber and yarn-oriented publications.
Annie teaches worldwide and across the United States. She knits using the Combination Method and believes that there truly is no wrong way to knit. Annie now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her husband, kids, and assorted pets.
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In this book, Annie Modesitt displays an interesting approach to knitwear design, finding inspiration in garments of the past, from antiquity to recent times. Her descriptions also include some intriguing snippets of history: a pleasure for both knitters and readers.
—Barbara G. Walker, author of four Encyclopedias of Knitting Patterns, Knitting from the Top, Mosaic Knitting, and Barbara Walker’s Learn-to-Knit Afghan Book, plus other works
Annie Modesitt has a knitterly imagination like no other. In History on Two Needles, she gives her inventive, architectural mind free reign, and uses her unparalleled design skills to come up with stunning—and even wearable—garments presented with drama and flair. It’s over the top (like Annie herself) and a great gift to knitters (like Annie herself).
—Kay Gardiner, co-author of Mason-Dixon Knitting and Mason-Dixon Knitting Outside the Lines
Intriguing—yet easily mastered—designs, construction methods, and stitch techniques, combined with historical events and fascinating works of art, make History on Two Needles a uniquely wonderful knitting book.
—Myrna A.I. Stahman, dba Rocking Chair Press and author of Stahman’s Shawls and Scarves: Lace Faroese-Shaped Shawls from the Neck Down and Seamen’s Scarves
Not only are the designs striking and wearable, but Annie gives us fascinating information on the historical pieces and tells the whys of the designs from shape, pattern, down to the stitches mimicking other techniques of needlework.
—Jillian Moreno, Knitty Winter 2012 review