Peggy Rosenthal’s Knit One, Purl a Prayer : A Spirituality of Knitting (Paraclete Press) is a knitting pleasure like none that I’ve seen in a long time. If you haven’t yet discovered this book, I offer it as not only a delightful read but an ideal gift for any knitters or crafters on your list and here’s why…
Knit One Purl a Prayer is an exploration of how knitting impacts our lives (spiritually and otherwise), enriches our sense of community and serves as a metaphor for life itself. Peggy offers a panoramic view of the many benefits that knitting provides to the knitter and to the community.
Don’t let the title throw you. You don’t have to be particularly “religious” to fully appreciate this book. Peggy does look at knitting in various religions however, that only scratches the surface of the book. You’ll discover delightful bits about knitting in poetry and literature as well.
Knit One, Purl a Prayer offers a wonderful look at the reasons why we knit, what knitting brings to our lives, our spirit, community and well-being. In her quest, Peggy reached out to many knitters, bloggers, groups and communities (a number that you’ll recognize) to explore the meaning that knitting brings to each of them. Through her sharing, she provides the opportunity to bring new meaning to and enhance your own relationship with knitting.
Peggy explores why knitters knit for all manner of reasons; to heal our grief, give of ourselves and to charities, connect with each other, to quiet our minds and find peace within. While I’ve been aware of the meditative nature (the Zen of Knitting) and many of the reasons to knit for quite some time (the Zen of Knitting), Peggy offered a few new ones that I hadn’t thought about and frankly, am delighted to learn. By way of example, were you aware that modern medicine is beginning to acknowledge the benefits of knitting for pain management? I certainly wasn’t aware of that but am glad to learn it!
Activities and patterns are offered in each chapter to further enhance your experience with the reading. Also woven throughout the book is an exploration of knitting as a metaphor for life and delightful plays on words that I find to be not only creative but completely irresistible.
Knitting books usually pose a frustration for me that I’m certain you’ve encountered. I often find that I really only want one pattern, perhaps two in a book and I just hate the idea of paying for the entire book for one pattern. It’s a bit like having to buy a music album for the want of a single song. Having said that, this is one book that won’t disappoint any knitter, anywhere, any time.
All said, I wholeheartedly recommend this book as a must read not only for you but for every knitter (or craftsperson for that matter) on your list. Anyone who appreciates the meaning of crafting and who would like to expand their appreciation of the craft and enhance it’s meaning in their life can and will appreciate this delightful book.
If you haven’t yet seen it in your local knit store, ask them to order it for you or what the heck, why not just click on over to Amazon and order a few copies of Knit a Prayer for you and your friends? Once you’ve had a chance to read it, come on back and let us know how it impacts the way you think of knitting.
Once you’ve had a chance to look at this book, please let me know how it impacts your experience with knitting.