Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft

Tara Jon Manning

Language: English

Pages: 136

ISBN: 0804835438

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Author Tara Jon Manning, a noted knitwear designer and practicing Buddhist, explores the spiritual rewards of Kitting: Bring inner serenity to your knitting practice--and everyday activities. Ten original and enjoyable knitting projects--each complemented by a meditation exercise.

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in high school. I became voracious about trying out new things—socks, colorwork, intarsia. I would just see something that looked fun and try it. I knew I had something when my mom began to ask me for knitting help. In college I began to study fine arts and explore world textile traditions. I continued to knit furiously, often getting weird looks from other students. I began bringing my knitting to art history lectures, and within a few weeks I was joined by two or three other knitters in the

given. the better join To avoid having a gap in your work when you begin your first round of circular knitting, knit the first stitch very tightly with the yarn coming from the last stitch cast on. Then continuing knitting around and around until your work is the desired length. ADULT HAT FOR GIVING FINISHED SIZE: To fit average adult, approximately 21" (53.5 cm) around. YARN: Mission Falls 1824 Wool (100% Merino superwash wool; 85 yards [78 meters]/50 grams): 2 balls #21 Denim. NEEDLES: US 8

Armhole shaping: Bind off 8 sts at the beginning of the next RS row—44 (46, 53, 58) sts. Continue to work even in patterns as established until piece measures 17 (20, 21, 23)" (43 [51, 53.5, 58.5] cm) from cast-on, or 3" (7.5 cm) less than desired length, ending with a RS row. Neck shaping: Bind off 13 (12, 13, 15) sts at beginning of the next WS row, work to end—31 (34, 40, 43) sts. Beginning with the next RS row, decrease 1 st at neck edge (using k2tog decrease) every other row 9 times—22 (25,

Knitting Guild Association, organizing group for the Knitting Guild of America. Find resources here on how to start or join a guild. charity knitting Many groups have been formed to support charitable giving and knitting-to-help worldwide, a wonderful way to help the world and have your knitting make a difference. Well-maintained lists of charitable knitting websites can also be found at: Woolworks (www.woolworks.org/charity.html) and KnitLit Project (www.knitlit.com). Following is just a

reference and suggestions for embroidered or added touches when an embellishment or a motif is part of the project. GARTER STICH SCARF FINISHED SIZE: Ranges 6–10" (15–25.5 cm) wide and 45–72" (114.5–183 cm) long. Scarf shown measures 8" (20.5 cm) wide and 60" (152.5 cm) long. YARN: 2–3 skeins multicolored or hand-painted textured chunky-weight wool or wool blend. Ask your local yarn shop owner for bulky yarns in this range. Shown in Artful Yarns Circus, color #7 Palm Reader (95% wool, 5%

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