Spider is 8-legged and its body is like a figure-8. Thus, spider has been linked symbolically with eternity. Spider also makes one of the strongest materials known on earth. I revere spider’s craft.
Respond to every call that excites your spirit. ~ Rumi
Where lowland is,
that’s where water goes. All medicine wants
is pain to cure.
Give your weakness
to One Who Helps.
Crying out loud and weeping are great resources.
The hard rain and wind
are ways the cloud has
to take care of us.
Respond to every call
that excites your spirit.
Ignore those that make you fearful
and sad, that degrade you
back toward disease and death.
(Excerpted from — Jelaluddin Rumi in Delicious Laughter translated by Coleman Barks)
Alongside nature, knitting excites my spirit. During what feels like very uncertain times (daughter leaving home for a year, social, environmental, political kookiness and sadness), I hold fast like spider to pulling strands together loop after loop.
Knitting is my simplicity and meditation practice. The tools cannot be more simple: Sticks and yarn.
Responding to the call that excites my spirit, this year I have let go of 27 pounds from my physical being by mindless knitting instead of mindless eating and daily touch certainty in shaky ground.
I challenge myself to learn as much as I can about knitting and daily view a different podcast/YouTube channel by a knit designer/fiber artist in order to learn from those who are making a business of their fiber work and those who are equally passionate about the spider’s way.
Below is a list of some of my favorites, starting with the most stereotype-defying example I have seen of someone using knitting to serve others. In fact, his service work inspired me to look into and apply to service opportunities in my region. If you are in the Seattle area, you can check out this link to Knit for Life that works with nine area hospitals for weekly therapeutic knit programs.
Kristy Glass Knits – Great interviews with fiber artists of all stripes
Melody Hoffman Mandarine’s – Minimalist designer out of Latvia using all natural wools.
Yarngasm – Link is to her great tutorial for the brioche stitch I am trying with much patience to learn from various sources despite many attempts.
Fruity Knitting – Australian couple and daughter by way of Australia in Germany who knit and do great interviews and knitting cultures around the world segments.
Kammebornia – The most dreamy podcast I have seen that transports me to a place that feels like Heaven on Earth to me. A place that is grounded in nature and history, where everyone knits, philosophizes, drinks coffee, and beauty abounds. (A favorite winter episode where they talk about what I have been called many times about knitting = obsessed).
Abundant Earth Fiber – Natural fiber resource local to me, not a podcast
Lace stitching does not show it’s fully glory until washed, but I could not resist attempting this Bernoulli shawl as nod to the Bernoulli principle that for some unknown reason my dad nicknamed me as a child.
Joji Locatelli’s Starting Point shawl nearly ready to join two halves.