I have done another 1.5 or so squares
on my blue checkered blanket!
I am almost done with Touching Heaven by the
now Fr. John Oliver.
It is the story of how he and others went to
Valaam Monastery in the early '90s and
how it slowly transformed him from a new
and still somewhat floundering Orthodox Christian
to someone who is beginning to grow towards
the quiet steady contemplative life that
he saw in the Monks of Valaam.
This book is really helpful in seeing
what our North American society can do to a person
and what encounters with monasticism
rooted in centuries of tradition can do
to transform the same person.
I hope to do a book review on it in the future;
as you can see from all the tabs,
there are sections that I want to return to.
For now I would say if you
are looking for evidence of a Christian tradition
of prayer worthy to replace and indeed to go beyond
things such as Zen meditation and other
popular forms of spirituality today,
this book can be a gentle
and enlightening introduction.
Back to the blanket I am making.
I am quite pleased with my progress;
I am mastering the moss/seed stitch and simple
ribbing... it's been fun to mix up the colours and
stitches as I go along!
As you can see I am gaining ground on this
second section and have just 1.5 blocks to go!
And now to finally show you the blanket that
I finished months ago but was waiting
to give as a present.
It's now been given!
It turned out well!
It was a joy to knit!
It's a nice warm lap blanket,
perfect for a winter's day, with tea, book and perhaps
a bit of chocolate to enjoy!
What are you making and reading?
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