The Yoga of Yarn written by Liza Laird is a gorgeous book with a truly different spin on a knitting book.
Not just ANOTHER yarn book!
I have a feeling that I know what you’re thinking, because I thought it too. There are SO.MANY.KNITTING.BOOKS out there. Just about everything has been done already.
But, the Yoga of Yarn is truly different.
The book combines two wonderful passtimes – Yoga and Knitting. And it gives you ways to truly combine them. Not just, if you do “thisThing” and you also do “thatOtherThing”, you can do both at the same time.
They’re easy ways to get more (or just generally improve) our bodies to both prepare and recover from knitting.
Let’s Look at a FeW
Check out the “Knitter’s Warmup” for ways to help loosen the fingers and wrists.
The “Clasped Gesture” helps to relieve muscle tension around the chest. It’s a great way to help alleviate strains that might come from a marathon knitting session.
The “Reverse Prayer” opens the chest, shoulders, wrists and forearms.
Doesn’t just about every knitter need that?
Of Course, there are Patterns
The Brioche Mala Cowl gives you a simple way to represent your yoga in your knitting, or just a way to make a pretty cowl.
Put a New Twist on Yoga
Liza also gives us “knitting interpretations” of things. Just take a look at the one below. Who wouldn’t want to be able to “knit for a long time to come”?
Need to Rest Your Eyes?
Our eyes are important to our Knitting. And, if we do something that also improves our “regular” lives too – even better.
Liza shares with us some ways to perform Eye Yoga. Its benefits include reducing stress and improving concentration.
Truthfully, I’m not sure that I would have bought this book on my own.
But, now that I’ve reviewed it, I’ve realized just how much I NEED this book!
Now if you excuse me, I have some yoga to incorporate into my routine…
About the Reviewer: Jody Richards
Jody is the founder and lead editor of Knotions. She loves poring over stitch dictionaries and trying out new stitches. And while she likes all things crafting (well ok, except that one thing), yarn crafts are her true love (and she has the stash to prove it).
She’s a serial starter-of-projects and has a serious problem with finishing things without a deadline.
And don’t get her talking about hand-dyed yarns. You’ve been warned.