Gifts For Knitters: ‘People Knitting: A Century of Photographs’

Gifts For Knitters: ‘People Knitting: A Century of Photographs’

In its simplest sense, knitting is the process of using one or more needles in order to loop yarn, form it into loops, and create different types of garments and other types of fabrics. Usually, knitters use wool and silk. Although knitting originated in the Middle East to make hosiery for the elite classes, today, anyone can knit as long as they have the materials for the job.

In fact, a lot of people regularly knit because this activity can provide a lot of health benefits. Knitting regularly gives you a sense of pride, alleviates symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, and improves your motor functions. These are especially important for adults in isolation or seniors who are sick.

If you know someone who is passionate about knitting, you can consider giving them photographs as gifts. Aside from being unique, these gift ideas will surely encourage them to continue knitting.

Gifts For Knitters: 'People Knitting: A Century of Photographs'

People Knitting is a charming tribute in vintage photographs and printed ephemera to the ever-popular, often all-consuming, craft of knitting. When women posed with their knitting in the earliest nineteenth-century photographs, it demonstrated their virtue and skill as homemakers. Later, knitting became fashionable among the wealthy as a sign of culture and artistic ability. During the two world wars, images of nurses, soldiers, prisoners, and even knitting clubs composed of very serious small boys—all with heads bent down, intent on knitting items (especially socks) for the troops—abounded. In the 1950s and 1960s, as snapshots became ubiquitous, knitters took on a jauntier air, posing with handiwork held proudly aloft. People Knitting is a quirky and fascinating gift for the knitter in your life.”

Fast forward to the digital era, and these photographs are now considered as treasures. Depending on your recipients’ preferences, you can give them these photographs or encourage them to use hashtags for Instagram and use these photographs online. The latter option is appropriate if your recipient is eyeing to turn this hobby into a business.

Here are a few examples from the book:

Gifts For Knitters: 'People Knitting: A Century of Photographs'

Gifts For Knitters: 'People Knitting: A Century of Photographs'

Gifts For Knitters: 'People Knitting: A Century of Photographs'

Get People Knitting: A Century of Photographs, by Barbara Levine – makes a great gift!

These photographs serve as a goldmine of information for amateur and professional knitters. If you know someone who is still thinking about whether or not they should start knitting, these photographs can entice individuals to knit and make this as one of their hobbies.

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About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.


  1. Barbara Levine

    Thanks for posting my book, People Knitting: A Century of Photographs. It does make a great gift!

    • Danielle

      Thank you for putting it together!

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