A Book Review and some sleeves

Last week I finished reading Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity by Bernadette Murphy. The subtitle pretty much says it all: the book discusses Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity, and the relations between the three, in depth across several topics. For instance, there’s a chapter on Resting the Mind, and another on Ripening the Intellect, she discusses the heart, the soul, the body, and how it all works itself together.

The most unique thing about this book is that Ms. Murphy uses some stories and insight from her own life, but most of the substance of this book is made up of interviews that the author got from some really interesting and different people. Also, she includes a stitch pattern at the start of every chapter, a tip to put the lessons to use at the end of each chapter, and a pattern for a super-basic sweater at the back of the book.

I love how Ms. Murphy encourages the reader to knit, no matter the reason. She offers all of these other reasons why she and other knitters (and crocheters!) love what they do, but she emphasizes that the most important thing is that knitting is significant in the individual reader’s life.

I originally bought this book because it was $5 at a used book store down the street from my house, but I really enjoyed it. If you are a crafter who finds your crafting to be fulfilling or meaningful in any way other than just churning out an end project, or you’re thinking of becoming a crafter, then I highly recommend reading this book.

 

In other news, I finished the second sleeve on my sweater!

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I got into one of those moods last night where you just can’t stop knitting (I was also listening to the Game of Thrones 4 audiobook – quite enthralling), and I did almost the entire second half in one sitting.

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