People Knitting, a Raffle

A couple of weeks ago Princeton Architectural Press asked if I was interested in receiving a copy of Barbara Levin’s new book People Knitting: A Century of Photographs. Enticed by the title, I said “yes.” I’m writing now to say that I’m not disappointed!


Measuring just 5 1/4″ by 7 3/4″, this little hardcover book is packed with photographs that document and pay tribute to knitters from the 1860s to the 1960s. The images depict soldiers and nurses from both world wars, school children, and various groups of men and women of all ages knitting for themselves, the troops, and their friends and families. From notable figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt, Sojourner Truth, and actresses Betty Grable and Doris Day, to a group of prisoners, People Knitting reflects the incredible diversity of knitting enthusiasts.

This is the kind of book that I like to display on my coffee table to prove to non-knitting friends and family that I’m not alone in my passion.

To enter you name in a drawing for this sweet book, respond to this email telling me the last time someone took a photo of you knitting. I’ll announce a winner Saturday, November 19.

48 thoughts on “People Knitting, a Raffle”

  1. OMG, I think it must have been several years ago. I was churning out NICU hats at the time on a deadline and it was in a hockey rink, and a student photographer snapped me. As I recall, I wasn’t so happy about it at the time.

  2. Two weeks ago. I was dressed as Miss Marple for my mystery book club October meeting, and of course I brought my knitting! I had my mother’s knitting basket with me (properly vintage for the costume) and worked on a scarf while we discussed the book.

  3. To be honest I don’t think there is a picture of me knitting but plenty of pictures of the things I have knitted.

  4. This summer, on a backpack in the Canadian Rockies. My partner always takes pictures of me knitting on the trail.

  5. My husband is fond of snapping pictures of me and whatever I’m working on. The last time he caught me, I was making a pair of socks for my soon-to-be daughter-in-law.

  6. I usually take my own selfies while riding in the trams where I live. Sometimes my husband does. But I think the coolest thing I learned this morning while reading your blog is that Eleanor Roosevelt knitted too!

  7. My husband regularly takes pictures of me knitting, and often stealthily! I never know when a photo of me knitting is going to show up in our album. I think the last was 2 weeks ago. We were on a drive out of town. He had stopped to take some photos. I kept knitting while leaning against the car.

  8. Actually, I don’t think anyone has taken a photo of me knitting. Gobsmacked about that. Photos with knitting friends at get togethers and festivals, but none. knitting. Going to have to fix that at knit night tomorrow!!

  9. I can’t recall anyone ever taking a picture of me knitting. My family supports but barely understands my need to knit, so I set it aside for family photos. And at knit group, I’m either behind the camera, or again, set down my knitting…Interesting…In all fairness, I’d rather take a picture than have it taken, though.

  10. I think my son may have snapped a picture of me knitting while trying out the funny filters on his Innotab, but other than that, I don’t think there are any pictures of me while knitting, which is surprising since I knit practically all of the time!
    Btw, this book is on my amazon wishlist, and has been for a few weeks! I learned about it thanks to Mental Floss ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I don’t recall ever having a photo taken while I was knitting. Plenty pictures of completed projects. Last week I was showing a friend my new loom and knitwear. She was so impressed that I pulled out one of my scarves I had just knitted and gave it to her. She was almost in tears when she put it on. Made my heart happy. Should have taken a photo of her.

  12. I’m not sure anyone has taken a photo of me knitting, just of the knits I was wearing. And ,of course, I have taken pictures of the projects. I haven’t taken any pictures of people knitting either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. I was sitting in a darkened room with my daughter and her new baby. They were both recovering from what had been a traumatic birth, and I was visiting to help out. We were all sad and quiet, and finding/keeping centered. I sat with them for many days, quietly knitting, available when needed. My son-in-law, a photographer, took our candid picture. That is the first and so far only picture anyone has taken of me knitting.

  14. a month ago I went to see my daughter and we were looking at a pair of bootees I was making for her girlfriend when the girlfriend took a picture of us knitting….passing knitting on to the next generation… a good thing!

  15. I don’t have a picture of me knitting. I’m the one that usually takes them. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Ann.

  16. It was October 20, this year, sitting in our backyard in late afternoon, knitting my Blueberry Purless shawl. There is a very contented smile on my face. I don’t usually knit outside, but it was a lovely, warm day here along the coast and I was still recovering from being sick most of the month.

  17. Sadly, never. I’ve taken plenty of pictures of my knitting but none of me knitting, and neither has anyone else.

  18. Despite the fact that, if I’m sitting down, I’m knitting, nobody has ever taken my picture!! Probably because, in general, I don’t like pictures taken of me, lol.

  19. I donโ€™t think anyone has ever taken a photo of me knitting but I am going to have my husband take one today. Thanks for sharing the book. I know several people who would love it as a gift.

    Becky Myers
    Ashland, Ohio

  20. It’s been… no. Maybe when…no. I can’t think of one knitting photo. Using a drop spindle, yes. Thanks for sharing the book and for the chance to win a copy!

  21. I was in the emergency room, waiting to have an appendectomy. Happy to say that both the surgery and the shawl were successful!

  22. I have never had a picture taken of myself actually knitting something. I take pictures of the finished project all the time, but never to think of photographing the process. What an interesting book idea.

  23. I knit standing in lineups, and in waiting rooms, and wherever i have a spare moment, but I don’t ever remember having my pictures taken.

  24. Sadly, I’m not entirely sure that anyone has ever taken a photo of me knitting. If so…I’m sure it was a set-up for a photo shoot and not a candid shot. I should rectify this.

  25. Summer 2015. My husband took a picture of me knitting (magic loop sock) on the NYC subway. We were on our way to a METS game. I sent it to my knit group that day. C.Hart

  26. My sister and I just hiked part of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) near Carson Pass about three weeks ago for her birthday. After lunch, we took out our knitting and took pictures of each other. Lovely screen saver with a fabulous view into the Tahoe Basin.

  27. This last time was 3 years ago while sitting by the pool. We had rented a house in Wilton Manors, FL before deciding to move here. Even though I live in warm weather I still love to knit.

  28. Hmmmmmm NEVER, now that I think of it. However, as knitting is such a part of who I am, it’s about time I snag someone with a camera to start clicking.
    Looks like a fascinating book. Thanks for the raffle!

  29. No one has ever taken a picture of me knitting. The people I live with (two boys in their 20’s) couldn’t be any less interested in my passion.

  30. I think it may have been a couple of years ago at a knit night at my now defunct LYS (sob, sob) I’ve read so much about this book, thanks for the chance to win.

  31. While standing in line waiting to vote in the presidential election. It was a long line and I’m glad I had my knitting with me to pass the time.

  32. I have been knitting for almost 70 years and I am sure that nobody ever took a photo of me knitting! Why not, I wonder?

  33. This looks like a lovely book. I think it was at the Park City KFF retreat. Thinking of it, that is the only photos I’ve ever had of me knitting.

    Isn’t it odd how such a large part of your life can be completely overlooked because it’s an ingrained part of your routine. Like nobody takes pictures of you brushing your teeth, or making coffee.

  34. I think it was probably during my LYS gathering to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association The Longest Day fundraiser.

  35. Picture wasn’t of me but rather of my big burly husband being taught to knit on a craft cruise that I dragged him on by Sally Melville

  36. Probably never. I think it would probably be difficult to hold a camera while knitting. I do, however have posted somewhere a picture of me, nearly 40 years, ago working on an afghan! ๐Ÿ™‚

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