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The Knitting Way: A Guide to Spiritual Self Discovery Paperback – April 1, 2005
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"An enlightening, entertaining and affirming text on the spiritual depth of knitting. Finally, Skolnik and MacDaniels have put into words what I have been trying to express for so long about why knitting means so much to me."
―Melanie Falick, author of Handknit Holidays, Weekend Knitting, Kids Knitting and Knitting in America
“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
“A heartfelt journey that inspires us all to look both outward, into our culture and families, and inward, into our hearts, to seek the true meaning of our own knitting pathways.”
―Deborah Newton, author of Designing Knitwear
Top Customer Reviews
The book has 9 chapters. Each chapter is a collection of poetry, essays, drawings, photos, and a feature called "Space Between the Loops" (these sections are written by Janice MacDaniels). Chapters also include segments called "Experience It for Yourself" in which project patterns or hands-on experimentation guides are offered, to reinforce the message of that section of the chapter. There are a total of 19 patterns in the book, indexed at the beginning for easy reference.
Among other things, The Knitting Way will help knitters find time to knit; you'll learn how to make a graphic Project Selection Mind Map; learn to explore non-yarn materials for knitting (there is a photo of knitted spaghetti) including how to cut and knit with fabric strips; and there is a section to see if you are a Knitting Dependent -- and a Knitter's 12-Step Program to use if you do indeed have a problem.
Authors Skolnik and MacDaniels are so open about their own experiences in knitting and in life (both exhilarating and frustrating) that I am encouraged to knit in a more thoughtful, present way. I'm looking forward to the challenge of knitting a Moebius scarf, which might be a gift for a teacher friend. She can use it to demonstrate the scientific principle in her classes!
P.S. My favorite projects were the different shawls/wraps.
I believe she had every good intention. She was diligent in her research. she has a gret bibliography. She just should have let things gel before writing the book. The problem is, she wasn't ready to write it yet.
The sections by MacDaniels held together better and were more readable. The projects are knitting at it's most basic, so i won't be making any of them.
I have hopes for Skolnik, when she writes from the heart and from experience, she's great. there just isn't enough of that in this book.
One of the best things I learned is that when you make a mistake, it's okay. Either fix it or go with it--maybe you'll end up somewhere else fabulous.
Unfortunately, the exercises in this book are ONLY about process: "knit a cube that turns into a ball," "knit a spiral," "knit a mobius." You spend time, effort, and yarn, but end up with a fairly useless object. If you enjoy projects more than process, this book is not for you.
As for the essays, I think that saying this book is a "guide to spiritual self-discovery" is a bit much. The essays are way too long-winded for me. This book would be twice as good if it were half the size.
I much preferred the essays and exercises in "Zen and the Art of Knitting" which taught me how to be comfortable in knitting without a pattern and designing my own scarves and sweaters.
I have found knitting to be a spiritual thing--the beauty of the yarns, knitting together with others, knitting for charity, knitting alone. As I've knitted with others, I've found that ALOT of folks knit just so they can breathe--as they face the death of a parent, spouse, or beloved pet, as they celebrate weddings and births, as they cope with cancer or depression. But "The Knitting Way" really fails to tap into the kind of deep spirituality that comes from knitting together with others over time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I felt like this book was full of other people's spirituality. There are quotes on every page from outside sources, but very little personal insight on how knitting is connected... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not for everyone that knits or does needlework but the notion that crafting can be a form of meditation
and part of one's spiritual journey is viable...
My plan was to read the book and if I liked it, I would re-read it and do the projects. Well, I start again tomorrow with knitting needles and yarn in hand. What a nice trip. Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Agmann
I'm sidelined from knitting since I broke my wrist, so was happy to find a book about knitting that's not about the mechanics of knitting. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Aimee E. Kandl
It's more than a knitting book, it's validating what I found is true, that knitting is a form of therapy.Published on March 23, 2014 by Vinindy