A Gripping Yarn

01 May 2014 | by D.J. Taylor


BBC RadioIt is no disrespect to Jane Garvey and the array of talking heads assembled to explain the new-found allure of knitting (23 April) to suggest that the result, while combining equal amounts of idiosyncrasy and downright weirdness, was also entirely predictable. Nothing, it might be said, is more myth-infested these days than those human activities once thought to be safely mundane. Just as the science of American quilt-making now incorporates so many figurative meanings that the bedrock requirement to keep the ­person beneath it warm seems rather lost, so knitting’s kaleidoscopic reinventions, once Garvey had finished with them, seemed the most natural thing in the world.All the ancient stereotypes had been proudly cast aside in the art’s twenty-first-century trans

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