In 1997 we reviewed The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice where Susan Gordon Lydon enthusiastically described knitting's roles in her life as prayer, passion, stress reducer, source of renewal. She made it clear that crafts are much more than creative outlets; they can be catalysts of personal transformation. We admit that we haven't followed up on knitting as a spiritual practice, but now in KnitLit (Too), we discover that knitting has become hot, and in some circles is called "the new yoga."
This delightful collection of more than 60 essays, stories, and poems is edited by Linda Roghaar and Molly Wolf. The knitters talk about it as an art form, a creative outlet, a refuge from daily frustrations, a source of joy, a means of nurturing themselves, and a way to serving others. For beginners, see Zoe Blacksin's "A Glossary of Knitting" which concludes: "Knitting is the basis, the background. There are mars and mistakes. Elaborate unfurlings and flat repetitions. Patterns and perfection. We wrap ourselves in the fabric. Days unfold, sweaters are finished, scarves are cast on and cast off. Time passes. Kntting doesn't." In a section called "Things of the Spirit," various authors count the ways in which knitting comforts them in desert times, leads their thoughts into interesting places, and binds them close to God.