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Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft

Mindful Knitting: Inviting Contemplative Practice to the Craft [Kindle Edition]

Tara Jon Manning
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Mindful Knitting contains ten original and enjoyable knitting projects, each complemented by a meditation exercise. You'll develop a deeper sense of calm, involvement, and joy in your knitting practice.


Mindful Knitting looks at the craft of knitting from the Buddhist tradition. Exploring the parallels between the practice of knitting and the practice of meditation, this book is the first to instruct the reader in how knitting can be utilised as a tool for contemplation. It explores the benefits of engaging in knitting in a mindful way, presents simple meditation exercises, and provides easy-to-follow project instructions.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3517 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (5 July 2004)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #446,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth a read and more 4 Mar 2014
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this book is worth a read, and for the more serious knitter/ meditator - worth working with.
Enjoyable and serious.
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138 of 138 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I hoped it would be - and more! 28 Jun 2004
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I expected an explanation of how to bring Buddhist meditation practice into my knitting. That is there, and wonderfully explained. I'm already enjoying morning quiet time, with my knitting and just with breathing. As a newcomer to meditation, I am pleased with how easy it is to follow the instructions and how supportive the author is.
I didn't expect to love the projects so much! The book includes 10 projects that go from an extremely basic garter stitch scarf (perfect for the beginning knitter) through washcloths, a blanket and 2 hats for charity knitting, a simple cardigan (great first sweater for the new knitter), an aromatherapy tea cozy, a small evening purse, a lace scarf, a cabled jacket, and a baby layette. I ordered the book for the meditation instruction, not knitting instruction (I'm an intermediate knitter) and projects, but her instructions are wonderful - very clear and supportive, like the meditation instruction. And the projects! I often buy a book for the ONE thing I "must knit", but this book has 5 things I know I'll be making, starting with the little purse and the cabled jacket (and I'll probably do the organic baby layette at some point too).
This book was exactly what I was looking for, but it isn't for everyone. The focus is bringing meditation techniques to knitting, to make it a meditative practice for the knitter. If that idea appeals to you, you'll doubtless enjoy the book. If it doesn't, it's still a good project book for the beginning knitter, with projects that may or may not appeal to more advanced knitters.
55 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knitting as Meditation 28 Nov 2004
By Linnymsw - Published on
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This book is exactly what it purports to be...a wonderful mix of knitting and mindfulness meditation. I love it! Knitting is a craft handed down to me by my grandmothers. Mindfulness is somewhat newer, I needed help getting there. This book was perfect for me. Now knitting is more meaningful and feels great all the way through, not just at the end when I complete the project. Whether you are a new knitter or have been doing it for years, this book will help you get much more out of the click clack of the needles and the feel of the yarn...get it. You won't be sorry.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prayer Shawl Ministry 29 Dec 2007
By Jane M. Wilkins - Published on
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This is a fabulous resource for anyone starting a prayer shawl ministry or any other charitable crafting group. It contains a great deal of information to get you started and help to understand the process and why we are drawn to the craft itself. Highly recommended.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise 26 Aug 2007
By L. Anderson - Published on
Of all the knitting books I've purchased, this has only one error and it doesn't relate to a pattern. Perhaps zen has something to do with it. VERY GOOD!
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3.0 out of 5 stars I prefer "Knitting Sutra" to this 10 Oct 2006
By Michelle in Maryland - Published on
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I was mislead by the glowing reviews. I found this book lightweight and disappointing. I was hoping for something deeper and more personal. I highly recommend the 2 books by Susan G. Lydon instead.
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