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The knitting Sutra : craft as a spiritual practice / Susan Gordon Lydon.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Burlington Public Library.

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Burlington Public Library 746.43201 LYDON 39851000997719 Non-fiction Copy hold / Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 0062512021 (cloth)
  • ISBN: 9780062512024 (cloth)
  • Physical Description: 161 p. ; 20 cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: San Francisco : HarperSanFrancisco, c1997.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: The View from the Factory -- 1. A Broken Wing -- 2. Knitting the Bone -- 3. Transfiguration of the Blues -- 4. A Life Made by Hand -- 5. Spider Woman's Daughters -- 6. Winged Hearts -- 7. Desperately Seeking -- 8. Earth Walk -- 9. God and Nature, Nature and Cloth -- 10. Dreaming of Dragons -- 11. A Secret Weapon -- 12. The Knitting Sutra -- 13. The Zen of Nonattachment -- Epilogue: Taking Flight.
Summary, etc.:
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.
Subject: Knitting > Philosophy.

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