Knitting Book Reviews

Mindful Knitting
by Tara Jon Manning

Most knitters know that knitting is relaxing. (When things are going right, that is.) Sometimes, though, you need a little extra nudge to make it as soothing as it can be.

That’s what this book is all about. It’s a series of gentle instructions and simple projects to help calm the mind and find focus–something useful to us all these days.

“As knitters, we know the soothing effect of our craft. When we knit, we dwell in our safe place–a quiet, focused, contemplative state. The ordinariness of the world gives way to a sense that every thing holds a little bit of magic. As we start to pay attention, we see that there’s really a lot of magic around us. We recognize this magic, for example, in the feeling we experience when the amazing blue of the sky takes our breath away. We can give ourselves this gift of viewing everything with this sense of wonder and appreciation when we simply learn to focus our attention and notice ourselves and the world around us. In this spirit of cultivating a sense of wonder and magic through focused attention, I ask you to look at yourself as a ‘Mindful Knitter’–someone with an appreciation and awareness of the art of knitting.”

Reviewed by Deb Boyken

Deb has been knitting since 1987 and has accumulated quite a collection of knitting books over the years. Her website, Knitting Scholar, can be found at

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