The topic of meditation and knitting seems to come up frequently. Adding yoga to that mix is only logical since yoga is, as I've frequently been told, designed to prepare the body to sit in meditation. And of course, when we knit, we are most always sitting, often for long periods of time. Not far from Albany in Lenox, Massachussets is the Kripalu Yoga Center which sometimes offers weekend workshops for yoga and knitting. I think the last one was in February of this year. These workshops are led by Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Animal House, Starman, etc.). Here's a link to her bio as a program presenter at Kripalu http://www.kripalu.org/presenter/367 and on that page is a link to her store in nearby Great Barrington.
So here I am. I started reading this blog about 6 months ago when I added it to my knitting page on My Yahoo. I have a daughter 9 who knits, and a son who is 7 that has just learned. Imagine the surprised faces at my daughter's Tae Kwon Do calss when he sat on the side lines and whipped that out!
I wish it wasn't that way. i am sure you guys have experienced similar looks. Gawd. I use knitting in my meditation practice. The repetitive stitches and rythmn of the needles helps to clear my head. Currently I am working on a Shepherd Jacket from Peace Fleece. For those of you who have never checked out their website, please do at hyyp://peaclefleece.com I am also working on a basketweave shawl. I haven't gotten into anything too heavy yet. My grandmother taught me years ago. I have stopped and started, stopped and havenow been knitting for about 5 years. I consider myself still a novice b/c I really haven't ventured into anything real difficult yet. Getting there. Nice to be here.
Here's my latest creation, another dishcloth. I really like this pattern, and it's so easy: knit 5, purl 5! I think I shall try the next one with smaller squares (knit 3, purl 3) and see what develops... keep your needles crossed for me.