"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Friday, October 30, 2015

knit purl pray...creativity explored...

Weeks ago, I was sent an email from a representative of Worthy Publishing, asking if I would be interested in receiving then reading a copy of Lisa Bogart's book, "knit purl pray," then publish a review in my blog. I replied, "Yes!"  Interestingly, before I received my copy from Worthy Publishing, a friend sent me a copy of Lisa's book as a gift! I immediately started reading it and found an entry "Gifts to Share" that seemed perfect to read to the members of a new daytime knitting/crocheting group I was organizing to stitch blankets for babies who are admitted to a local NICU. This past week during our first meeting I read "Gifts to Share" to our new group, and the ladies agreed that it was a message that was perfect for us.

 As you can see from the subtitle of the book, it contains 52 Devotions for the Creative Soul.  While one could savor a devotion each week, I rapidly read each entry with writing this review in mind...before the end of October, since the book went on sale this month of October.  I am excited to see that after the last devotion there are four interesting knitting patterns to make as well!

Each entry begins with a quote from the Bible, and ends with a simple prayer.  While Lisa writes from her stance as a follower of Christ, her choice of words is not burdensome.  Instead, through timely examples Lisa invites the reader to consider how human creativity is linked to relationship with the loving Three in One,God: the Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Using familiar knitting terms and creative scenarios, Lisa weaves faith through her words which evoked both laughter and tears from me.  In a fresh way I found myself viewing knitting and other creative pursuits as gifts from God that can be used to honor Him and help others.

Happily, I can recommend Lisa's book "knit purl pray" as one that both encourages readers to positively use their creativity while growing in positive relationship with God.

I received a copy of " knit purl pray" from Worthy Publishing this week and would love to offer it as a giveaway from my blog, One Saylor's Log, since my friend sent me a copy of the book, as well.  Just leave a comment saying you would like to have your name included in my drawing.  I will draw a winner on November 7, 2015, and be happy to send it to whoever wins.

Thank you Worthy Publishing for gifting me with a book I enjoyed and am delighted to recommend and share with others; and thank you Lisa for writing 'knit purl pray."

 Another creative pursuit I have followed this past week is ironing a huge leaf a family member brought home from their walk.
 Now we have two huge leaves ironed and stuck to our dinning room window!
 And since I last posted I got to attend a church worship art group and work on learning to form collages...mine are still too ridged and boxy but very fun to make!
And although we are barely into Autumn, I am amazed to see my two red blossomed Christmas cacti creating blooms :)

What creative plans do you have for the coming weekend?



  1. Gracie,
    I have just finished reading "Knit One, Purl a Prayer: A Spirituality (Active Prayer)" by Peggy Rosenthal which is similar to the one you talk about here but uses knitting in silence as a way to pray, something I discovered quite a while ago in my eremitical life choice.

    Was just about to write a blog post about it too, but you beat me to it! So will leave that for another day!

  2. That leaf is massive!!!!! I think it's lovely that your group knits for the babies in the NICU - such special little babies :-)

  3. What a lovely book Gracie! It was so nice of your friend to send one to you and how generous of you to give the one from the Publishing Co. away as a gift, one I would treasure if I were so lucky.
    On another note....I have never seen a leaf that "BIG" in size, it's amazing!

  4. Gracie, what a coincidence! I just got this book and have been enjoying it so much...so no need to sign me up for the giveaway. Collages are such fun to make. I haven't made any in quite a while. Will have to remedy that.
    Wishing you a lovely weekend, Ellen.

  5. Gracie!!! I have been trying to order this book and it's on back order everywhere I've looked. I would LOVE to be included in your giveaway.
    On another note, I think that leaf is huge! I just finished a pair of mittens for Piper. Mandy asked me just this morning if I would make her some new ones because hers have holes in them and I'm making a blanket for Alex. Busy days! But I love making for my kids and grandkids.
    Many blessings to you and yours.

  6. Hi Gracie.. that looks like a wonderful book. I'm very impressed with you organizing a knitting group to make blankets for NICU babies! I hope to see you at the pool today.. I have a schedule conflict but will email you about it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  7. That book sounds so good, and unusual. Do throw my name into the hat. Your knitting for the babies is wonderful. As for creativity this weekend, at our house we are preparing for a Halloween party. Two pumpkins have been carved - not by me! A tiny sweet one for the baby rats, and a big scary one for everyone else. I have made pumpkin custard, which will probably mostly be eaten by me as Scots are not all that familiar with the taste of pumpkin. Having said that, the secretary at Michael's work made a pumpkin pie completely from scratch and brought it in to share around. A great novelty here!

  8. It sounds like an interesting book. Tomorrow I'm being creative and making a potato salad for our church's big thanksgiving dinner, Sunday, we have each year, early Nov. Then work on photos for calendars...it's that time again and I'm running behind as usual! Also putting a big story of Esther together in small increments for the children we are teaching this month! Have a blessed weekend!

  9. That leaf is very impressive Gracie ☺ You are a dear sole in all the good you do and great you have enjoyed that book and knitting for those precious babies ♥♥

  10. Gracie, you underestimate yourself. I love the collages! They are not boxy at all.

  11. What a wonderful book, it sounds very thought provoking, I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Wow, what a huge leaf.

  12. Looks like a wonderful book and I like the cover. It is so good of you to organize a knitting group for a good cause and to read to the ladies as they work. Altogether an inspirational post, Gracie.

  13. Hi Gracie, I would love to be entered in your drawing. The books sounds delightful and something I would enjoy. Thank you for your kind and thoughtful comment. Hope you are enjoying a nice autumn so far. Hugs, Heather

  14. Wow! Those are quite the leaves! It sounds like a wonderful book! Also nice to see your Christmas cacti blooming so beautifully! This week I'm hoping to make some progress on my scrapbooking project.

  15. Love the knitting group and the book!

  16. Thank you so much for sharing about your giveaway in your comment today! It sounds like a very encouraging read. I would love a chance at winning!

    Your autumn pictures are so beautiful. The colors! I took a month+ off from my blog (homeschooling!), but tried to keep taking pictures. My favorite time of year. We finally saw our first snow of the season!

    A daytime knitting group sounds like such a wonderful idea! What a blessing to be able to craft and learn together. I love that! Love to you all, Sweet Gracie! *hugs* :)

  17. Yes, Gracie, I would love to be included in the book giveaway. It sounds like just the book I would love and it would be great to share with my artists group.
    Creativity here at my house is as usual mostly in knitted form--a shawl, a sweater and a pair of socks.

  18. I saw that book reviewed elsewhere this week and would love to entre the draw if i'm not to far away (french alps).

  19. Hello Gracie- I'm sorry I seemed to miss this post. Life has been very busy though! That leaf is amazing! The book sounds interesting - I will have to investigate the possibility of being able to buy it. Hugs Anne x


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