"Zen and the Art of Knitting"

I picked up the abovementioned book at a used bookstore this weekend. I've started reading it, gotten through about 25-30 pages, and had to stop...my lunchtime was over! The subtitle is "Exploring the Links between Knitting, Spirituality, and Creativity."

I love this sentence, "Knitting taps into my creative brain and uncovers untold treasures." While in counseling several years ago, my counselor and I decided that my brain was not controlled by either side. Both sides seem to be about equal. Because of that, it sometimes is a struggle to balance both sides. During the day, I work as an accountant, which I enjoy for the black and white of the job.

However, I've realized that if I don't do something creative, such as knitting, I tend to get depressed and frustrated with life. I have searched for years for a hobby such as knitting, and have some of the disasterous results around my house...dead flowers in pots outside, a weaving loom made out of PVC pipe...you get the picture.

I cannot explain the joy and peace I get while knitting. I'm sure I probably don't HAVE to explain it to y'all.

I read your posts, and look at your projects, and my creative side starts jumping...wanting to get to knitting and exploring and trying new ideas and projects.

Thanks for all of your input on each other's projects, and just for being here.

And, thanks for allowing me to share.



Joe-in Wyoming's picture

I'm so glad you found knitting and the benefits it can bestow, Brent. Dear friends gave me "Zen and the Art of Knitting" a few years ago and I cherish it as part of my knitting library. [One of the givers fondly calls me her"knitting guru."] Knitting is a good way to balance a hectic, stressful life and I am beginning to explore the meditative aspects of the art/craft. Tara Jon Manning's books also delve into the subject and I highly recommend them. Lots of luck as you explore your creative side further.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

akkamaddi's picture

What you describe is "lateralization", or in your case non-lateralization. This is the dominance of right vs. left (creative vs. structure), and some tests also have fore-brain (supposedly better with spatial and abstracts) and aft-brain (perceptual, or relying on direct sensory input). Personally, I'm the same way. Every test I've taken has the dominance within a 45/55 split.

In my experience, intelligent or sharp minds crave input and exercise. The hemispheres of the brain can act fairly independently, so smart or creative people I've known who seem "delateralized" (I think that's the term) need stimulus of both. It can be time consuming, because you will always have two sets of interest in the long run, but it is also very rewarding.

Is your "loom" a peg knitting loom, or a weaving loom? I've always wanted to learn both, and I've wondered if there are things you can do on the peg loom that you can't in knitting. I saw one blogger who had her "double peg knot" which she loved because it looked like a crochet double. I could not figure out how do it with needles.

As for the weaving loom, I've been fascinated with those since I was a young child. I remember asking my Mom for a loom so I could learn to make carpets. I remember her looking at me with that loving maternal "my child has just lost his damn fool mind" look, and saying, "No. Go play."


BrentGC's picture

I have a set of four round looms which are peg looms. I also have a small long loom which is more of a weaving loom. I haven't used it yet.

Since I haven't been knitting long, I don't know about things that can be done on looms as opposed to needles, however, it's one of my goals to learn how to transfer needle patterns over to looms.

I've found a couple of books at local craft stores which are specifically for looms. One is a great beginner book, and one shows specifically how to work on cables, etc. I haven't tried those out yet, but it's on the list!

It was my grandmother who got my interest piqued in weaving, knitting, and crocheting. When I was 10, I fell and broke both of my arms at my wrists. My grandmother, whom we lived next door to at the time, found the little potholder looms and loops, and gave me carte blanche. She wanted to make sure I kept my fingers nimble while I was casts. I think I probably sent her to the poor house by having to buy so many bags of loops!