Everyone can pick up a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. And everyone can be mindful. The Mindfulness in Knitting casts fresh light on this famously calming craft, and reveals how the simple repetition of plain and purl can in itself nurture wellbeing. Rachael Matthews explores the joys of making and looks at the benefits of taking up one of the simplest and most useful of crafts.
Record the beauty, emotions, and experiences of everyday life — not in your journal but with your knitting needles! Author Lea Redmond offers 32 enchanting projects that will inspire you to create beautiful finished pieces full of personal meaning and memories. Stock up on shades of blue, gray, and white and knit one strip of a scarf each day for a year, using the color that matches the sky on that day. When you’re done, you’ll have a unique memento of your year better than anything you can keep in a scrapbook. Or when you’re traveling, knit postcard-size swatches at each place you visit, using the colors you see around you. When the trip is over, piece the swatches together into a throw or scarf that will remind you of your journey every time you use it. Or knit a height-chart scarf for a beloved baby, starting with her length at birth and adding inches each year until you have the perfect gift for her 18th birthday. These are knitting projects like no other, resulting in one-of-a-kind heirlooms that tell a story only you can tell. Redmond provides instructions for all the stitches and techniques you need, as well as required patterns.
Author: Maria Sinayskaya
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Release Date: 2016-04-15
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
Find your peace of mind through the art of paper folding! There can be meditative aspect to many craft projects. From doodling complex patterns (Zentangles), to coloring intricate designs, to knitting geometric and elaborate designs, super-involved crafts are being embraced for peace of mind and quietude they offer. Zen Origami brings this trend to the popular art of origami. The repetitive and delicate folds involved in creating modular origami forms are perfect for the mindful movement. These 20 beautiful modular origami projects take time, steadiness of hand, and immersion of thought to complete, offering contemplative sessions that manifest in beautiful pieces of art. This book comes with 400 sheets of origami paper, so you can make more than a dozen modular creations.
Author: Susan Gordon Lydon
Publisher: Potter Craft
Release Date: 2008-11-19
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
From the author of the modern classic The Knitting Sutra comes an inspiring and colorful narrative on knitting through one’s darkest hours. Susan Gordon Lydon’s groundbreaking book The Knitting Sutra offered a new way for knitters to look at their craft—as a healing and meditative endeavor instead of a granny hobby or an indulgent pastime. The first book without knitting patterns to capture the knitting audience, it has been widely imitated, but no other book has endured so well. With Knitting Heaven and Earth, Lydon again breaks new ground, this time following the emotional ties that become bound up in her handicrafts when a series of wrenching events—a heartbreaking romance, the death of her father, a devastating diagnosis of breast cancer—leave her reeling. Through it all, Lydon finds new reserves of strength in knitting, in the skeins of sumptuous yarn and colorful thread that help her make sense of the trials of the heart.
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.
Mindful Knitting contains ten original and enjoyable knitting projects, each complemented by a meditation exercise. As knitters know the craft is much more than the finished project. By looking at the parallels between knitting and meditation—how simple repetitive actions can lead to a grater connection with the world—this knitting book shows you how to enrich your life by combining the two. Author Tara Jon Manning, a noted knitwear designer and practicing Buddhist, explores the spiritual rewards of knitting: Bring inner serenity to your knitting practice—and everyday activities Fully appreciate the objects you knit, making eah more significant and satisfying Connect to others by donating to charities, creating gifts, or knitting with a group. To help with with your knitting projects, Mindful knitting includes clearly written patterns, tips for intuitive knitting, and a helpful glossary of knitting techniques and resources. Whether you're an advanced or a beginning knitter or a new or seasoned meditator, this Buddhist knitting book will help you develop a renewed sense of self and an increased appreciation of the world around you.
This new spirituality of knitting addresses topics such as knitting as a popular pastime, what knitting does for our minds, bodies, and spirits, and how knitting helps people reduce stress, overcome loss, form friendships, and connect with a community. Most important, the author shows readers and crafters how knitting can become prayer.
Like the “slow foodâ€? movement, Slow Knitting encourages knitters to step back, pare down, and celebrate the craftsmanship of their work. In five chapters centered around the tenets of slow knitting—sourcing carefully, making thoughtfully, thinking environmentally, experimenting fearlessly, and exploring openly—Hannah Thiessen challenges knitters of all skill levels to view their practice in a new way. Each chapter contains explorations of fiber types; profiles of well-known yarn types, makers, and yarn suppliers; and garment patterns inspired by the featured fibers. With contributions from knitting superstars Norah Gaughan, Bristol Ivy, and many others, Slow Knitting proposes an approach to knitting that is both minimalist and all-encompassing, and emphasizes what makes knitting a meditation, a passion, and a unique necessity.
Every time we knit, we have the opportunity to create positive change in ourselves, our community, and in the world. That’s Betsy Greer’s fervent belief, and in this book she shows us how. Betsy explores the ways we can use knitting to slow down in a fast-paced culture, while using the craft to benefit charities in our communities, to advocate for worthwhile causes, and to support individuals and communities across the globe. Filled with insights from knitters and crafters on how they use craft to benefit others, Knitting for Good! will get you thinking about knitting in a whole new way. To learn more about the author, visit her website: craftivism.com
From New York Times bestselling knitting writer Clara Parkes, comes a new collection of essays and stories drawn from the yarn-loving, stash-collecting, close-knit community of knitters. This addictive-to-read anthology celebrates yarn—specifically, the knitter’s reputation for acquiring it in large quantities and storing it away in what’s lovingly referred to as a “stash.” Consider contributions from knitting and teaching luminaries, including: Stitch ’n Bitch co-founder Debbie Stoller Meg Swansen, daughter of master knitter Elizabeth Zimmermann Knitting blogger and author Susan B. Anderson alongside offerings from knitting greats Amy Herzog, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, and Franklin Habit—plus, stories from a romance novelist, an illustrator, a PhD-wielding feminist publisher, a globetrotting textile artist, a licensed clinical social worker, and the people behind the world’s largest collective online stash, Ravelry.com. The pieces range from comical to earnest, lighthearted to deeply philosophical as each seeks to answer the question of how the stash a knitter has accumulated over the years reflects his or her place in universe. The stories in A Stash of One’s Own represent and provide validation for knitters’ wildly varying perspectives on yarn, from holding zero stash, to stash-busting, to stockpiling masses of it—and even including it in estate plans. These tales are for all fiber artists, spinners, dyers, crafters, crocheters, sheep farmers, shop owners, beginning knitters to yarn experts, and everyone who has ever loved a skein too hard to let it go.
A six-panel, fold-out altar for spiritual practitioners features guided meditations by Thich Nhat Hahn, in a portable set that is complemented by a CD recording of the meditation and a booklet containing detailed usage instructions and biographical information about the author and artist.
Author: Lucinda Gosling in association with Mary Evans Picture Library
Publisher: The History Press
Release Date: 2017-07-07
During the First World War a knitting craze swept across Britain, as women everywhere wanted to ‘kit out’ their Tommies with socks, mittens, balaclavas, vests, jumpers and all manner of knitwear, some more graciously received than others! Millions of socks were sent from the home front to the front line in a bid to wage war on the dreaded ‘trench foot’ and often seamstresses would tuck a love note or a simple message to the soldier far from home. Knitting circles and fundraisers became a daily part of women’s lives and institutions and charities across Britain, with the Red Cross printing an official guide to how to kit out Tommies with the warmest wear. The craze was not just limited to Britain, as soon as the Americans joined the war, knitting became a national sport there too. ‘Knitting for Tommy’ explores the knitting craze through magazine adverts, posters and photographs of the day, as well as offering a guide to kitting out the First World War Tommy through original knitting patterns of the day.
Author: Nikki Van De Car
Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: 2017-04-11
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies
In today's fast-paced world everyone is looking for ways to slow down, recharge, and appreciate the small, meaningful details of everyday life. SereKNITy: Peaceful Projects to Soothe and Inspire gives readers the perfect outlet with a collection of more than twenty-five knitting and crocheting patterns united by one all-compassing idea: finding peace. The projects here are not the complicated sweater patterns found in traditional knitting guides, but simple, beautiful objects anyone can create. Practical crafts, like fingerless gloves and mug cozies, are featured alongside more meditative patterns, like granny squares and crocheted flowers. Each is paired with an inspirational, intention-setting prompt and falls under an overarching theme-Color, Texture, or Structure-that encourages knitters and crocheters of all skill levels to be fully present in the moment. Fiber artist Nikki Van De Car gently guides readers to look inward as they work, releasing their anxiety as they create something beautiful. For experienced knitters and novices alike, this is meditative crafting of the very best kind.