Introduction to Mindfulness in Knitting
This class introduces participants to basic mindfulness practices and explores how they can be of benefit in knitting as well as for general stress management.
Through the medium of needles and yarn we will explore being in the present moment and how the foundations of mindfulness relate to the process of knitting, from untangling a skein of knotted yarn to making swatches and taking pleasure in the finished project. The class will begin with an overview of mindfulness and guidance through some mindfulness practices. We will then engage in mindful knitting, and consider the ways this approach can bring more joy and less stress to our knitting (and maybe more even gauge!).
Supplies, please bring to class: Light weight yarn- lace, fingering or sport weight (mohair is ok but I suggest a smooth yarn for beginning knitters) and straight or circular needles at least 2-3 sizes larger than the size usually used with that yarn
Instructor: Sandy Bernstein
Sandy is a marriage and family therapist who has been teaching mindfulness for almost 20 years. She has been knitting much longer and finds that her mindfulness practice has enriched her knitting in many ways. She feels that crafts play an important role in mental and physical health and stress management.
Time: 3 hours