Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Zen and the green dress


Good grief! I turned into quite the panic merchant yesterday, didn't I? Sorry about that. Afterwards I stood in front of the mirror, gave myself a good slap around the chops and told myself to "Keep it together, man!"

So. Zen seaming it is. The green knitted dress shall be done when it is done. As the Buddhist monk Sheng-yen once said:

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.

And I know - I just know - that he was totally talking about knitting then! Besides, if I rush it, I was screw it right up, just like I always do. Silvery stream. Got it.

Stay tuned - there may or may not be a birthday giveaway tomorrow. Oh, who am I kidding. There absolutely is. See you then!


  1. You make me laugh :)
    I simply can't figure out how knitters who actually have the patience to knit an entire garment (an adult sized dress even!) can actually get frustrated with the seaming. I imagine that it must take the patience of a Buddhist monk to do the knitting in the first place!
    Maybe it's what my husband describes as 'standing at the front door fumbling with the key'... you know, like when you're busting for the loo and so close to getting there?

  2. I think I may have to embrace this idea of zen seaming :)


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