Title

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

Date

6-1-2017 2:00 PM

End Time

1-6-2017 2:30 PM

Location

WUC Willamette Room

Department

Anthropology

Session Chair

Robin Smith

Session Chair

Isidore Lobnibe

Session Chair

Katherine Miller

Session Title

Anthropology Symposium

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Isidore Lobnibe

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Knitting has existed since the Middle Ages, and continues to thrive well into 21st century America. Why do people continue to knit, and why do knitters form themselves into social groups? This senior thesis investigates these and related questions in order to understand the culture of knitting and how knitters keep the practice alive. Drawing on participant observation and oral interviews, it further examines the identities knitters construct as members of knitting communities in rural Oregon, the differences in the craft based on the knitting practices employed, the materials and the patterns used, the gender ideologies of learning how to knit, and the role of online interactions.

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Jun 1st, 2:00 PM Jun 1st, 2:30 PM

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

WUC Willamette Room

Knitting has existed since the Middle Ages, and continues to thrive well into 21st century America. Why do people continue to knit, and why do knitters form themselves into social groups? This senior thesis investigates these and related questions in order to understand the culture of knitting and how knitters keep the practice alive. Drawing on participant observation and oral interviews, it further examines the identities knitters construct as members of knitting communities in rural Oregon, the differences in the craft based on the knitting practices employed, the materials and the patterns used, the gender ideologies of learning how to knit, and the role of online interactions.