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Saturday, December 23, 2006

The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice

Susan G. Lydon

Blaarrgh. Plenty of gazing into a navel filled with yarn lint in this one. I thought it would have potential, but it wound up just irritating me. Not least because the author cannot seem to settle on one spiritual tradition, but instead offers up a Reader's Digest abridged version of maybe seven different spiritual worldviews and doesn't convince me that she has any commitment or depth of understanding of any of them. Then why bring them up? talk about how knitting brought you through a rough patch, fine, and how you grew through concentration on your craft -- the new agey sampler is hardly necessary.

She certainly is a master knitter, but a spiritual dilettante. Don't know why that bothered me so much, but it did. Seemed to confirm the old saw that the more you say about something, the less you really know.


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