Title

Knitting in 21st Century America: The Culture and Ideology of Knitting Groups in Rural Oregon

Date

5-29-2014 9:30 AM

End Time

29-5-2014 10:00 AM

Location

Hamersly Library (HL 107)

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe and Robin Smith

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Dr. Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Knitting has existed since medieval times and continues even in 21st century America. Why do people knit, and what leads knitters to form themselves into social groups? My proposed ethnographic project will investigate these and related questions in order to understand how knitters learn their methods and the craft. It will also examine the identities they construct as members of knitting groups in rural Oregon. Drawing on participant observation, surveys, and oral interviews, I hope to gain insights into the craft of knitting, the different knitting practices employed by knitting groups, the patterns and materials used, and the ideologies associated with learning how to knit.

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May 29th, 9:30 AM May 29th, 10:00 AM

Knitting in 21st Century America: The Culture and Ideology of Knitting Groups in Rural Oregon

Hamersly Library (HL 107)

Knitting has existed since medieval times and continues even in 21st century America. Why do people knit, and what leads knitters to form themselves into social groups? My proposed ethnographic project will investigate these and related questions in order to understand how knitters learn their methods and the craft. It will also examine the identities they construct as members of knitting groups in rural Oregon. Drawing on participant observation, surveys, and oral interviews, I hope to gain insights into the craft of knitting, the different knitting practices employed by knitting groups, the patterns and materials used, and the ideologies associated with learning how to knit.