Craft as Spiritual Practice

A book caught my eye today at the Conway Public Library book sale corner. The Knitting Sutra: Craft as a Spiritual Practice by Susan Gordon Lydon. The fact that it was sized just right for the basket by the potty may have played a role in how fast I plunked down my $2 cash but I am a devoted knitter and maker and I have often felt something spiritual in it so two wins = a good buy, right!?

In the very beginning the author is talking about the inefficiency of craft. About the idea that we often cast around trying to make something involving thousands of individual stitches go by as fast as possible.

“Time, which is fractal, stretches out, and I begin to experience eternity. There is something about that spacious expansion into endless time that promotes the growth of large-scale thinking, that enables one to rise above the petty stresses of everyday life.”

Isn’t that extraordinarily uplifting? Have you ever had that feeling of time stretching out and you are outside of it? Is that what it is to be moved during worship? Or transported while meditating? Do I sit prostrate at the alter of the almighty and glorious toe-up, two-at-a-time sock? Maybe so, maybe so…