Knitsana 1: Introduction to Knitting & Mindfulness Workshop
NEXT SESSION STARTS OCT 16, 2022
Mindfulness is the basic ability to be fully present and aware. The practice can help us when we feel overwhelmed, and help us manage how we react to stress. Luckily, mindfulness is a quality that every person already possesses, you don’t need to conjure it up, you just have to learn how to access it and practice using it. In this workshop, we will use knitting as an entry into the practice of mindfulness, with the intention to help you learn how to both improve and maintain your well-being. The craft of knitting with its repetitive and rhythmic motions is well known for its calming and healing properties. Mindfulness practice has been used for years to help people focus themselves in the present moment. Together, we hope to provide you with the needed tools to decrease stress and support your daily well-being.
The only prerequisite is that you already know how to cast on, knit and purl. You do not need any prior experience with mindfulness or meditation, you just need to show up and be present.
- This group DOES NOT include any knitting instruction
- This group is presently only held online
- Space is limited so please don't wait to register
WhenEvery Sunday morning for one hour from 10:30 am to 11:30 am for SIX WEEKS
(Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20)
This is an online workshop and will be held over a secure channel.
You must already know how to cast on, knit and purl. For knitting tutorials please see our Knitting Skills Page.
The cost of the group is $200.00 (yarn is included, see below for details) for all six sessions. Payment and registration will NOT be going through us at the store - because Michelle is a Registered Social Worker it is more cost-effective to offer this workshop directly through her.
We will all be using the same, specially selected yarn for our mindful journey. You have two options, both are enough to make a scarf or cowl. If you are a new knitter we recommend 10” straight bamboo or birch needles.
If you are a crocheter that is also fine, you will need a 6mm or 6.5mm crochet hook.
Yarn Option A. (no extra cost)
Yarn Option B. (costs an extra $10)
2 balls of Estelle Colour Flow
1 ball of Berroco Wizard
This is not a knitting skills course, so we won’t be taking on a specific project, but here’s a list of simple project options that are well suited to mindfulness knitting (choose something that is simple for you):
- Tensfied or Langfield Hat
- Knit-O-Matic Bulky Ribbed Cowl
- Double Wrap Cowl
- Brûlée Scarf
- Diagonal Striped Garter Stitch Loo
- Ariosa Broken Rib Cowl
- Boom Shawl/Wrap/Scarf (be sure to purchase twice as much yarn to make a shawl)
- Cosy Colourblock Shawl (be sure to purchase twice as much yarn to make a shawl)
Sasha Wrap (be sure to purchase extra yarn)
Because this group is considered to be ‘therapeutic’, any participant residing in Ontario that has insurance coverage for social work can apply for benefits. You may otherwise be able to write off the cost of this group on your taxes (talk to your accountant to see).