Any Pagan Knitters?

Good morning!

I’ve been lurking around all morning and I noticed a few christian-centric knitting threads. I think knitting is the PERFECT thing to incorporate into any spirituality. Recently I have been using knitting in my pagan (wicca-based, but largely personal) path. I find it helps to ground and center myself and is a great way to clear my mind before a meditation sitting. I also find that hand-knitted altar cloths or ritual garments add a lot of personal energy.

I also had the idea of making a shawl, and making sure that as I knit it, I focus calming or protective energies into it, so that when I wear it I can feel those benefits.

Are there any other pagan knitters here? In what ways do you incorporate your craft into your religion?

I am :slight_smile: I also use it as a meditative practice, and I see any act of creation as a way to honour the divine. I also make a range of stitch markers out of gemstones, to add another level of feeling to gifts - rose quartz markers for something made for comfort or support, tiger eye for protection etc.

OOoooo

rose quartz is my FAVORITE stone. My pendulum is rose quartz =]

I’m a pagan knitter! I find knitting to be relaxing. I’ve got a pattern for a Celtic knot shawl I want to make as soon as I find the perfect yarn, and the bravery to attempt it lol.

I am so out of practice for Wicca and so new to knitting I didn’t even think of the possiblities! I love the meditation and the gemstone markers. I wish I would have thought of that before I finished this baby blanket. I will do that for the booties.

Thanks for the ideas!

not a pagan, but wanted to give mad props to you ladies. every pagan i’ve met has been good hearted and thoughtful. <3

i’m naive enough to think that there isn;t discrimination against witchcraft, but i ran into it at work the other week. from an unexpected source to boot. i was caught very off guard when she said that the tarot was the devil’s work and that witches deserved to burn. i laughed because i thought she was kidding and was very sad when i realised she wasn’t.

Me too!!

It’s usually a calming, centering thing for me. Unless it’s something new or complex—then there’s lots of swearing. :rofl:

Geekgolightly, thank you! And sadly, yes, that attitude is still very much present. I see it in letters to the editor in my local paper, in comments overheard in public places, etc. There was a story tonight on the local news about a group of Wiccans performing a ceremony around a majestic magnolia that may well be cut down for some sort of building. I’m grateful they sent their best reporter to cover the story (he tends to be quite fair), but he seemed a little uncomfortable with it.

I am a Pagan knitter! I was going to post something like this but then I found this…Funny how that works anyway I use my knitting as a grounding and centering in my practice. I find I ground and center allot faster then doing it the old fashioned way( Sorry to those of you who are more taditional) Anyway I currently have an idea for a saining blanket it is not on the needles yet as I am still working out the details I know what colors I want to use it is now figuring out the technical things like the finished size. I am raising my 4 month old as a pagan and I am going to have a handfasting and I was wondering if there was anyone who had an idea for making the cords for said handfasting. Well I guess I will go hope things are well with all!

It’s great that there are so many of you! I thought I was alone. =[

And yes, there is still a lot of false conceptions about pagans circling around. For that reason, I was kind of afraid to make this thread. Glad to see everyone here is above that =]

Ayla: first off, congrats on the handfasting! Can’t think of how to do the cords? I-cord it! You can even pick different colors for the i-cord based on their correspondances and knit them together. A hand-made one will bring a lot of energy to it.

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Out of curiosity… Are any of you guys members on Mysticwicks.com?

Secondly, do your beliefs have an affect on the yarn you choose to knit with. I am short on money these days so I mostly knit with acrylic, but do you think knitting with natural fibers would make a difference?

yes, i started as wiccan, moved to eclectic pagan and am now Norman… the website for our tribe is at http://www.normannii.org

Every time i knit, i think about my relationship with Frigga, my patron Goddess, Viking Goddess of hearth and home… during the third round of Symbel (pronounced Sum-bell) the items i gift to varous people in the tribe are usually ones that I have made… last yule I gifted the lord and lady of our tribe with an afghan (that came in handy that night as it was very cold)

That’s cool! I’ve never been in a coven/tribe/group of any kind. But…I practically live inthe bible belt so… gotta be hush hush about myself unfortunately.

Are you french/ of french ancestery? Well… from normandy. I think the celts used to or are still inhabitants of that reigon, right?

I’m irish… the normans (which include denmark, norway, sweeden, finland, and germany as well… the tribe is of the ancient germanic traditions) and the irish are pretty much one in the same if you look back at history and the invasions and such.

I love being part of the tribe. MiLady Cynthia (the Lady of the tribe) is sweet and wonderful, the wives of the Thanes (second highest ranking in the tribe) are great, i’m really good friends with one of them. and…

You don’t have to become part of the tribe to be accepted. One of the wives of the Thanes is Catholic… there are others who are friends (called Good Folk) that are more than welcome at our gatherings.

Well… first of all I am NOT a pagan. But I was very suprised to find that what I THOUGHT was pagan beliefs wasn’t at all. In college I took a Religion, sociology, and culture class and we had individuals from numerous faiths. I was very (pleasantly) :thumbsup: suprrised to find out from an actual pagan in our class who explained to us that pagan does NOT = devil worshipper/ baby killer etc…
I am glad you guys feel comfortable discussing your beliefs here on KH. I think this proves again that KH is a diverse but ~ tolerant~ community.

BTW: If I remember right… a handfasting is a marriage ceremony~ and if that is the case ~ Congratulations~!!!:clink:
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YEah! I cen’t believe there are people who actually believe that we kill babies and stuff.

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Seriously…How gullible can you get?

So where ARE the gatherings? You don’t have to travel to europe to gather do you?

typically in the new york/pennsylvania area. different members of the tribe host or if it’s going to be a huge gathering (like yule we had over 60 people attend) we rent a place out. The next one (someone’s getting handfasted/married) is in Pennsylvania… the gathering before that (last january, yule) was just over the NY/PA border just ouside of Port Jervis, NY.

if you ever want to talk, my yahoo and aim are ladykrowyn79 :slight_smile:

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Not a Pagan here…but I have a friend at my new job that is. It’s been such stress for me in my first year and several months ago she gave me a necklace she made with rose quartz and tiger eye as a gift to help me out. How sweet is that?:hug:I’m glad she’s my friend because I can ask her about her beliefs and like a Jehovah’s witness friend of mine…neither try to “recruit.” I think it’s great when folks can be content to talk about their beliefs in a “hey, tell me about that” kinda way.
Glad to see you all start this thread…again, I’m not a “member” (heck, I don’t go to the Catholic church I belong to like I should…:oops:) but it’s super…threads of all kinds make this a wonderfully diverse community:cheering::heart: