Take a deep breath, take a seat, and just knit. As knitters, most of us know the secret to winding down, tuning out, and experiencing a deep sense of calm. It’s mindfulness at its best. … More Mindfulness through Knitting
Why not teach life skills that will equip them to find their own sense of peace and calm in their lives, as well as serve as an outlet for personal expression? Here’s ten reasons to teach tried and true crafts this summer. … More Teach Meditative, Meaningful Crafts to Youth This Summer!
Handcrafting – whether it’s knitting, woodworking, painting, sewing, or any other crafting you might name – gives us all a space and time to put our worldly cares aside, quiet our minds and bodies, and perhaps open ourselves to listening or communing with God. … More Spiritual Healing Through Handicrafts
Climate change has, for much of the country, drastically cut the need for winter clothes. I really and truly wish the fashion industry would acknowledge that in 2018, we just don’t need heavy sweaters any more. … More Climate Change and Knitting: The Diminishing Need for Sweaters
I want my crafts to flow out of the forest and meadows on which I draw my sense of peacefulness. In my crafting, I want to take the fruits of the earth and shape them into an expression of my creativity as well as a natural solution to my needs. … More Crafting Local – Basket Weaving From Local, Natural Materials
Whether in the classroom, Sunday School room, or during summer camp, offering children and youth all-natural materials or objects found in nature for crafting activities can both help address “nature deficit disorder” and walk the walk of acting with good stewardship of earth’s resources. … More Crafting with Kids, Crafting in Nature
One of my favorite spiritual practices is to knit prayer shawls. I love to sit quietly and not think, letting my mind rest while I simply make loop after loop with my hands and two bamboo sticks. When I donate my work to my local church, I feel something like a sense of relief. The … More What’s A Prayer Shawl? (And Do You Have to Literally Pray Over Each Stitch to Make One?)