The humidity and heat of just about any season in Louisiana did nothing to dissuade me from the desire to offer hand knit wool socks to all my relatives at Christmas. When I saw this book on the Paraclete Press website, I wasted no time in ordering a copy.
This book does not disappoint nor does it discriminate. In six short chapters, a big chunk of life is examined and, as an added bonus for those who do knit, there is a simple pattern at the end of each chapter. As part of the Active Prayer Series this book brings together knitting, praying and the spirituality of life. How many times have our hands worked on a task or project while our minds and hearts are elsewhere and otherwise engaged?
In the first chapter, prayer is the focus. It was a wordless prayer — just an awareness of the Divine Presence. Prayer, she suggests, is our human longing for communication with the Divine. During the months of their preparation leading up to baptism, they were introduced to some monks at a nearby Trappist Abbey. In chapter two she reflects on that practice noting that prayer is in the pause rather than the words themselves.
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Chapter three talks about community. Women often sit together, knit, talk and …. And we are not praying for only ourselves, but for the needs of others, both individuals and communities. Chapter four is about working with patterns — in knitting, in prayer, in life.
She has a blog click the link at the top of the paragraph! If you knit, have you read a good book that connects knitting and spirituality? Or if you have a different craft of choice, are there any good books out there for that craft and spirituality? Wartburg is located in Iowa, so I like to flip through and see if they have any upcoming events that I might want to go to. In my December issue, I was thrilled to see an article on a Nebraska woman praying form seminary students and seminaries through knitted squares. I had heard of prayer shawls, and folks knitting or crocheting blankets for those they are praying for, but knitted squares seems so much faster!
The idea is to knit only a small square, and then to give that square to the person you were praying for. As someone who loves the texture and feel of yarn and knitted stitches, I knew that I would find comfort of holding onto a prayer square during a difficult time. Knitting prayer squares could be easily changed to a lot of different crafts. If you crochet, you could crochet a square. If you do cross stitch, you could make a handkerchief.
If you knit, you could easily adapt this pattern to any stitch. So please, try this out.
And if you do, please leave a comment below — I would love to see what you all do with this! As I mentioned previously, I started to crochet because it seemed easier than knitting.
When I was on internship, I had a lot of time to crochet which was good, because I made crocheted bags for all of my bridesmaids. But as I crocheted, I began to watch knitting podcasts. The more I watched, and saw the beautiful knitted items, the more I wanted to knit. And I cast on the Noble Cowl. Of course, this was too much for me. It had a lace pattern and I kept messing up in row something. I think I ripped it out and started over about three times before calling it quits and knitting a much simpler cowl. But the real reason why I wanted to knit? My mother-in-law had given me a few hand-knit socks for my birthday and Christmas, And I desperately wanted to make some for myself.
I love knitting socks. I love self-striping yarns and seeing how they work up. Socks are my go-to knit. What is your go-to craft? When you are stressed and miserable, what soothes your soul and gives you peace?
January is an odd month for me. This January in particular. I began this month with so much energy and so much enthusiasm. Now, as January is coming to a close, I feel tired — even my brain feels tired! I think this is because January was a month of planning for me.
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I was able to map out a huge portion of what I need to do when for work for Because I started at the end of August, I had felt as if the first five months was playing catch-up — that I was never able to get ahead. So I purchased a moleskin grid journal and created a bullet journal. Speaking of planning — January was also when I managed to get a lot of Lent planning done.
adam001.dev.adzuna.co.uk/mymi-buy-zithromax.php Ash Wednesday feels really early this year — February 18! Because of all the planning and all the brain tiredness, my knitting this month was super easy, potato chip knitting. It has a really simple, 4 row repeat that I found to be easy to memorize. One of my goals is to knit 6 pairs of socks this year which means one sock per month -hey! The heels are knit last, after doing a little bit of sock surgery.
I love the bright colors and the subtle striping. So, that was January!
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Right away, I knew this book was for me. The way that Crandall-Frazier talks about how faith and spirituality connects with her is very similar to how they connect with me. I loved how she began the book with a brief introduction into her own religious upbringing and spiritual journey. I appreciated knowing where she was coming from — especially being able to connect her appreciation of silence in crafting to her Quaker roots.
I really like how the chapters in this book was laid out. All of the projects in this book follows a similar pattern. She gives you somewhere to begin — a jumping off point if you will — but then you can use the basic pattern and go in several different directions. I only had two complaints about this book, both of which I consider to be very minor.