Lydon is a good enough writer to bring one to tears.” —San Jose Mercury News
“A very special book about women… Gracefully links handcraft and spiritual practice in our everyday lives. Because she is both a fine reporter and an honest woman, her book will be rewarding to many women, knitters or not, who are trying to untangle their lives.” —Vogue Knitting International
“This soul-stirring volume offers proof positive that crafts are much more than creative outlets—they can be catalysts for our personal transformation.” –Body Mind Spirit
“This small, quite wonderful book shows all that knitting and meditation have in common—and it’s more than some might suspect.” —Booklist
1. Do you feel a personal connection between craft and spirituality?
2. What connection does your craft have to your family, cultural heritage, or history? What traditions are passed down in your family? Do you have clothes, blankets, or doilies that were made by a family member, either someone close like your mother or father, or several generations back, or even someone close enough to be family? What connection do you feel with the objects they have made?
3. Discuss the idea of "practice," in its secular and spiritual meanings, as it relates to knitting.
4. Does your craft bring you into a community? Are there people you sit around a project with, like a knitting circle or quilting bee? Is there a group that has sprung up around a craft store? Do you like being part of an on-line knitting community?
5. If you lost the use of one of your arms, what would you miss most?
6. Do you have any passion or desire, outside life's basic necessities, so strong that you would literally sell your clothes to fund it?
7. Is there a connection between work and play that comes into your craft? Is it as satisfying to craft without making something useful? Do you think you would enjoy making your livelihood as a professional crafter?
8. Is there a connection between the physical aspect of your craft and its importance to you? Do you like to "get out of your head" by spending time with your knitting needles, or keep your fingers flexible, or enjoy the texture of the materials?
9. Do you make or contribute to the production of anything else of practical use in your life? Do you grow herbs, bake, work in manufacturing?
10. Which is more important to you - the process of making something, or the finished product? How do you feel when something is finished?
11. What do you think someone could learn about you from observing your hobby?
12. How willing are you to accept mistakes in your projects?
13. Many religions use beads, knots, or other objects as complements to prayer. Do you ever feel that your handwork has a religious component, whether formal or not? Have you ever made a prayer shawl, or a yarmulke, or a christening gown?
14. Who is the intended user of your finished projects? Do you knit mostly for yourself or for others? Is it more enjoyable to give a knitted item to someone you've been thinking about while you make it, or to imagine using it yourself, or to give it to someone you may never meet?