Knitting Circles: Fabricating World Views through Collaborative Experience

By Alison Hood.

Published by The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies

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This article is an examination, unfolding from the first person perspective, of the lived experience of the altruistic handcrafting practice, which is the making of textile objects for the intent of giving them to others. This paper explores how participant/observation research leads to a greater understanding of the self, and the other, examining how fluid educational leadership roles are formed. This paper studies the transfer of knowledge/wisdom and how they both provide for and are a form of expression of meaning in primarily all female small group knitting circles and the broader community.

Keywords: Knitting, Participant Observation, Creative Process, Meaning Making

The International Journal of Communication and Linguistic Studies, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.81-88. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 208.342KB).

Alison Hood

Chair, Assistant Professor, Department of Relgious Studies, Huntington University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Alison Hood serves as chair of, and is an assistant professor in, the Religious department of Huntington University. She joined the faculty of Huntington University in 1992. She teaches courses pertaining to the contemporary issues of technology, spirituality, and ritual and their effects on life experiences. She also teaches courses in the Department of Communication Studies. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate at the University of Queensland (Australia), researching the role that craft / creativity plays in spiritual experience and development.