Zen and the Art of Knitting: Exploring the Links Between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativityby Bernadette Murphy
This book explores what, arguably, everyone's grandmother always knew, that when passionate knitters become one with the craft, amazing things can happen. In Zen and the Art of Knitting, Bernadette Murphy explores how knitting fits into the larger scheme of life itself as meditation, creative expression, a gift to express love, a way to connect, and much, much more
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This book explores what, arguably, everyone's grandmother always knew, that when passionate knitters become one with the craft, amazing things can happen. In Zen and the Art of Knitting, Bernadette Murphy explores how knitting fits into the larger scheme of life itself as meditation, creative expression, a gift to express love, a way to connect, and much, much more.
"Zen and the Art of Knitting is crafted like a handmade sweater, with great texture and beauty and love. Bernadette Murphy knits together creativity, spirituality, and daily life, letting us see the rich and wondrous fabric that connects all of it, all of us, 'in a piece.' This is a book readers will want to wrap themselves up in for comfort, for inspiration, for affirmation of the healing, centering, power of the art."—Gayle Brandeis, author of Fruitflesh: Seeds of Inspiration for Women Who Write and The Book of Dead Birds: A Novel
"Bernadette Murphy explores the now-radical notion that in the smallest, most mundane gestures, we may find a kind of grace. This book traces her discovery with openness and faith." —David L. Ulin, author of The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, Labyrinth and The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith.
"The book is full of lore, technical tips, colorful needle-wielding characters, and, ahem, plain old good yarns. Knitting, in Murphy's hands, is more than a metaphor; it is tangible, proof of the inner-connectedness of all living things." —Michelle Huneven, author of Off Course, Blame and Jamesland
''A wise, illuminating book, for knitters and non-knitters alike." —Tara Ison, author of Reeling Through Life: How I Learned to Live, Love and Die at the Movies, Rockaway, and A Child Out Of Alcatraz
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Bernadette Murphy writes about literature, women, risk taking, and life—from motorcycles to knitting. She has published three books of narrative nonfiction (the bestselling Zen and the Art of Knitting, The Knitter’s Gift, and The Tao Gals’ Guide to Real Estate); her newest book, Look, Lean Roll: A Woman, A Motorcycle, and Plunging into Risk, will be published in Spring 2016 by Counterpoint Press. She is an Associate Professor in the Creative Writing Department of Antioch University Los Angeles and a former weekly book critic for the Los Angeles Times. Her essays have appeared in Ms. magazine, Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, San Francisco Chronicle, The Oregonian, San Jose Mercury News, Newsday, BOOK magazine, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is the mother of three amazing young adults. Her website is Bernadette-Murphy.com.
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Bernadette Murphy gives true moments of insight and grace in this book, especially in her discussion of knitting in the Waldorf School curriculum. Unfortunately there seemed to be too many moments that felt like she was bragging to the reader, "I live in LA and see what FABULOUS the people I know!" Overall I liked the book, but I could have done without the detailed resumes of many of the interviewees. I didn't care what TV show or movie someone worked on. It didn't seem to have anything to do with spirituality (in fact, quite the opposite.) It really took away from the theme of the book.
To all of those of you knitting out there...this is a must read. It is not exactly a directional book even though it will give you some patterns and things to try. I think it will be the journey you will take while reading the book as well as thinking about your knitting journey as well. I received this book as a gift from a very dear friend of mine. She found it in the bookstore on a display. I love knitting and I've do yoga and I also do Reiki. I told her that knitting was like a meditation and it was calming and soothing. She thought about me when she saw that book. I am so grateful for this book and all the stories about knitting and the association with creativity and the connection to the spiritual world. Thanks to Bernadette Murphy for researching and writing this book.