Everyone can pick up a pair of needles and a ball of yarn. And everyone can be mindful. The Mindfulness in Knitting casts fresh light on this famously calming craft, and reveals how the simple repetition of plain and purl can in itself nurture wellbeing. Rachael Matthews explores the joys of making and looks at the benefits of taking up one of the simplest and most useful of crafts.
Rachael Matthews (London, UK) is the director of Cast Off Knitting Club, and Prick Your Finger, an ethical yarn shop and textile gallery, both in East London. An artist specializing in knitting, and a teacher focusing on Craftivism and craft process, she has curated knitted works at the V&A, Barbican, Tate Modern, and the Crafts Council, including a Yan Tan Tethara Mandala. Rachael was a columnist of Simply Knitting Magazine for six years, is regularly featured in the international press, and is the author of Knitorama (2005).