Donna's Writings

01/16/2018

Reading about Japanese Knitting & Culture

Are you in Our Knitting Roots Book Club yet? It’s a free Facebook group.

On Feb 1 we will start reading again! Our topic will be Japan and we’ll be reading two books.


Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible: 260 Exquisite Patterns by Hitomi Shida, translated by Gayle Roehm. This book is a drop-dead stunning stitch dictionary, but it also includes:

  • A basic overview of Japanese knitting and how to read the charts
  • An 11-page detailed symbol key that includes abbreviations plus instructions for making the stitches shown
  • Five patterns that include written text for the knitting steps, not usually included in Japanese patterns
  • An 8-page techniques glossary with photos and drawings showing how to work complex stitch combinations that may be unfamiliar to American and European knitters

Read my full review here.


Geek in Japan: Discovering the Land of Manga, Anime, Zen, and the Tea Ceremony by Hector Garcia. This book may seem light or silly, but I wanted to learn about Japan in a different way. I’ve ready about the history of Japan, with a lot of focus on WWII and the atomic bombs. But I wanted to take a fresh, contemporary look at Japan through the eyes of younger people. Japan today is not the same as Japan in 1945 or 1865, just as the USA is not the same as it was at those times.

Also, “geek” can be defined as “an enthusiast or expert” in what might be considered an esoteric topic. Yep, we knitters qualify as geeks!

Knitting, Our Knitting Roots Book Club

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