Meet Aidan, a Benedictine monk, gardener, and knitter in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley!

All of these photos were taken at our monastery and retreat house, Holy Cross Monastery.

What are your favorites right now?
Yarn Store: It’s far from local, but I love Tolt Yarn and Wool. I may need to make a pilgrimage there one day.
Yarn: Right now I’m working with Brooklyn Tweed Arbor and loving it. Other go-tos are Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks that Rock, my favorite sock yarn, by a large margin. I also love Nurtured from Julie Asselin and hope I can make a sweater with it one day.

Why do you knit? I started a few years ago because, as one of my brothers put it, I needed a winter sport! I spend all spring, summer, and fall in the garden, but I had no creative outlet for the winter. I think I was driving everyone a little nuts with my excess energy. I took up knitting, and then it took me up. Now I knit all the time, even during gardening season. There’s something incredibly spiritual about crafting an object that is both made from the stuff of the earth (animal and plant fibers and dyes) and will be worn by another person (or myself) for warmth, comfort, and beauty. The very slowness of knitting, too, gives the finished objects much more value than they would have if you bought them from a store.

Most challenging project (and why)? For my third knitting project ever, I decided to make the Traveling Cable hand-warmers from Purl Soho. I’d never cabled anything, and they were SO HARD—way beyond my skills at that point. I was too stubborn to give up, though, and I learned a lot. Now I love cabling.

What’s your new favorite thing? Trees, trees, and more trees. I’ve always loved trees, but lately I’ve been learning a lot more about how they communicate and share resources. And I’ve also been planting a lot more of them.

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One thought on “Aidan

  1. As a former religious, whose life was also regulated by vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, I cannot but wonder how he affords anything other than acrylic. I know that my monthly stipend could never have supported a knitting habit (no pun intended).


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