From Publishers Weekly
Knitting is all the rage again, as is discovering the spiritual side of just about everything. This book joins Tara Jon Manning's Mindful Knitting and Izard and Jorgensen's Knitting into the Mystery in exploring what knitting and spirituality have in common. Skolnik, founder of the well-known knitting company, Patternworks, and MacDaniels, a lifelong knitter and business associate of Skolnik, view the practice of knitting as a special source of connection, particularly among women. They liken knitting to a river that flows between people in such a way that anyone who knits, whether alone or in community, becomes connected to "all who have gone before." For Skolnik and MacDaniels, knitting "links us to the past, to those who knitted for their existence, who knitted for survival, who knitted for beauty and love." Knitting is an activity rich in spiritual possibility; it is not only a doorway to spiritual community, but also a means for knowing our souls. As a meditative practice, it can center and unburden the self, opening us to the divine. By interspersing spiritual wisdom-from what yarn colors say about a person's "true colors" to explaining how knitting can be used to tell stories-with practical project instructions, Skolnik and MacDaniels offer experienced knitters a fresh approach to a favorite hobby.
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Consider Your Knitting from a New and Spiritual Point of View
The click of needles, the touch of wool, the miraculous creation of beautiful fabric from a single strand of yarnany knitter knows the satisfaction to be found in the simple act of knitting. But is there a way to develop this sense of the spiritual into a deeper, more mindful practice?
Let The Knitting Way take you on a path deeper into your knitting and your spiritual awareness. Follow the stories, musings and discoveries of the authors as they illuminate the spiritual lessons you can learn through knitting. Explore your own knitting practice through original patterns, fun explorations and personal stories from knitters past and present. You will find yourself reaching for your needles and yarn as you read, inspired to take up your projects in a whole new state of mind.
"A fascinating tale, knitting together the often disparate strands of science and religion, faith and reason, art and technology. Expert knitters and spiritual seekers, Skolnik and MacDaniels have filled their book with stories about design and wisdom to enrich our journeys, and guide us gently into Mystery." Susan S. Jorgensen, spiritual director, retreat leader, and coauthor of Knitting into the Mystery: A Guide to the Shawl-Knitting Ministry
"Can make some of our knitting time not be about product or even process, but about understanding, meaning and connection. Linda Skolnik brings to The Knitting Way an enthusiasm, curiosity and honesty that we trust." Elaine Rowley, editor of XRX Books