Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Faith Lessons From Knitting

Girl KnittingPicture courtesy of A Good Yarn

Thanks to this week's Catholic Carnival, I visited a new blog: Monastic Musings and found the following:

1. Everything is done one stitch at a time. No amount of wishing will get a cable sweater done faster. It is all done stitch by stitch. And that is a good thing.

2. Little mistakes can sometimes be covered up.

3. And sometimes not.

4. Big mistakes always require ripping back and starting over. Faithful people call this confession and forgiveness. Knitters call this frustrating.

5. Trust the pattern. Sometimes the Pattern Maker asks you to do things that seem silly, or unnecessary, or just impossible. Do it anyway.

6. Question the pattern. Sometimes the pattern isnt right for you. So you need the courage and intelligence to change it - make the sleeves longer, the body wider, the stitch easier. The pattern needs to change, sometimes. That's fine, just don't lose sight of the finished product - something beautiful.

7. Failure happens to everyone. Sometimes you just blow it. The yarn is wrong, the pattern is wrong, the gauge is wrong, or it's just wrong for you. So you put it away for a while, until you have the courage to look at it, rip it out, and try again, only this time the big fluffy sweater will be a big fluffy afghan. It is important to move on and re-imagine what you might do with what you have.

8. While finished products are nice - and sometimes very nice - it's realy the process that's the most important. After all, if all you wanted was a sweater, you could have bought one cheaper and a lot faster than knitting one. Living is all about process too, about the working at it, day in and day out. The finished product - the life well lived - is celebrated when we aren't there anymore, at our funeral. Until then, we just keep working at it, one stitch at a time.

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