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The Knitting Sutra Craft as a Spiritual Practice

by Susan Gordon Lydon

  • ISBN: 9780062512024
  • ISBN10: 0062512021

The Knitting Sutra Craft as a Spiritual Practice

by Susan Gordon Lydon

  • List Price: $19.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harpercollins
  • Publish date: 02/01/1997
  • ISBN: 9780062512024
  • ISBN10: 0062512021
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Description: Knitting as prayer? Craft as spiritual path? In this wonderfully allusive story of the quest to master a craft, Susan Gordon Lydon's love of knitting and her search for spiritual insight become powerfully and lyrically intertwined. Lydon's journey begins when she knits a turquoise chenille sweater to help a broken bone in her arm "knit". In pursuit of a perfect silver button for her sweater - and a medicine man for her arm - she ends up on a Navajo reservation where a community of women live by the proceeds of their craft in a unified cycle of livelihood, art, and spirituality. They remind Lydon of the women on the Shetland Islands who developed classic knitting patterns and of the women who gather at her local yarn shop. From old-fashioned quilting bees to the hundreds of knitters who communicate on the Internet, she recognizes in craftspeople the confluence of self, community, creativity, ritual, and the urge to beautify the everyday. Each new knitting project she begins and every new skill she masters bring her closer to serenity and insight that have sometimes eluded her through years of spiritual explorations.
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