The Knitting Community

 I usually follow a pattern when I knit, and I like to use the exact yarn and color that the designer uses.  A number of years ago, I was looking at a sample garment (Carrick designed by Martin Storey) in a yarn store in Chicago.  It was made from a Rowen soft knit cotton inContinue reading “The Knitting Community”

Making Sense of Symbols

     I took a class in reading Japanese stitch patterns recently.  Once the teacher explained what the symbols meant on the chart, I realized that I knew how to do most of the techniques.  It was like lace knitting but some of the symbols were different.  The class was two hours the first day andContinue reading “Making Sense of Symbols”

Ash Wednesday: Knitting Through Lent

Ash Wednesday – Knitting Through Lent I’ve been obsessed with Scandinavian mittens lately.  At least this is what I called them until they started to differentiate themselves.  I love the designs.  I love how the palm side has a different pattern than the back of the hand.  When I saw a picture of the FiddleheadContinue reading “Ash Wednesday: Knitting Through Lent”

Final Checklist for Lenten KAL

Just a few days to go. Gather your supplies, make your plan and subscribe to the blog. Every day during Lent, you will find a post about the spirituality of knitting here. Prayers ascending for all of you! See you again on Ash Wednesday! Check List for Lenten KAL I have identified a time forContinue reading “Final Checklist for Lenten KAL”

Some Guidelines for Contemplative Knitting

How much do knitters talk about swatching? For some of us, it’s like cleaning and sanding an old surface before applying a new coat of paint. It’s necessary but not fun. For others, swatching is their play time. Trying out new yarn, seeing how it behaves, and figuring out how to make it work inContinue reading “Some Guidelines for Contemplative Knitting”

How Will You Track Your progress?

What will you find out about yourself during the forty days of Lent this year?      A contemplative practice not only helps us connect with God; it helps us connect with ourselves.  Each time we commit to a practice we learn something.   The important part about learning is not to become judgmental or get frustrated.  Continue reading “How Will You Track Your progress?”

Planning your Project for Lent

Three weeks until Lent. There is still plenty of time to prepare your Lenten Project and to invite others to share in the journey!      Thank you to all of you who have subscribed to this Blog.  We are two weeks away from Lent and I will be posting a few more times to answerContinue reading “Planning your Project for Lent”

Lenten Knit Along (KAL)

40 inches in 40 days Starting on Ash Wednesday (February 17) there will be a daily knitting meditation posted here every day during Lent except for Sundays. Lent is a perfect time to start or renew a spiritual discipline.  How often have we thought about spending more time in prayer or trying to figure outContinue reading “Lenten Knit Along (KAL)”

Sustaining Your Knitting Practice

In order to commit to a contemplative knitting practice for the long term, before we even start, we need to develop a plan for when we get off track.  In the beginning we might feel excited about starting a spiritual discipline that involves knitting and praying but eventually that enthusiasm will wear off. Then we’llContinue reading “Sustaining Your Knitting Practice”

Setting Up Your Knitting Prayer Practice

Let’s talk a little bit about how to set up a spiritual knitting practice.  Preparation is important if we want to create a good practice.  Like anything else, we have lay a good foundation, put together the parts that will help us be able to maintain this practice over time.  If we don’t have theContinue reading “Setting Up Your Knitting Prayer Practice”