Monday, November 15, 2010

I Promise . . . it's Easy !

How many times have you heard THAT phrase?  i know that i am guilty of throwing that one out there because for me something seems natural .... easy ... brings me joy and satisfaction ..... and thus, i assume it works across the board for everyone else!   well, the older i get, the more i realize that this is not always the case BUT ... i do believe that this particular pattern really WILL be easy ... and quick ... and portable ... and make a great option for gifts and stash busting!

Just one row of lace . . .  this is the same pattern that several of us have used to make long strips that we assembled into Blessing Blankets that we shared with some dear women in our church that were going through chemotherapy ....  but it works beautifully for making a very light weight lace scarf just as well.  it only requires basic knitting stitches, such as a Yarn Over and a Knit 2 Together (k2tog) .... if you need help or great pictures you can always call me ... or you can hit for some of the best videos out there ....

this will prove to be a very simple pattern .... easy to memorize .... portable ... and always ready when you are .... which means that it will also provide you - - at some point - - with the ability to get lost in your knitting and allow your mind to wander to other things ..... which at this time of year becomes quite a respite for me.   i love those projects that keep my hands and heart busy .... praying for the recipient, talking to the Lord about the events of the days .... my worries, my concerns, my celebrations even!  in so many ways, this pattern is a perfect reflection of His grace and peace.  Quite simply put, He promises us a peace that passes understanding ... and true to life, i have seen time and again that when i run to Him and rest in His unchanging ways, that life really does fall from the needles in a much clearer and appropriate way. 

it doesn't mean that i won't have knots in the threads of my day .... botched stitches along the path that may require some Frogging - - or ripping back to a certain point - - but when i rest in Him and "lean not on my own understanding" i soon find, yet again, that the Rhythm of the Needles is firmly in His control . . . and the scarf of the day is a perfect reflection of Him!  and isn't that exactly where we want to be with EVERY step of our day?

this scarf really is Knit So Simple . . so go visit your stash ... or clip your coupon ... i know that Hobby Lobby has a 40% off this week (which you can also use at several other shops as well) . . grab some of that really neat sock yarn and remember to bump up the size of your needles a size or two in order to ease that tension and allow the stitches to drape nice and soft .....  and as you knit, cling to the promise of John 16:33 

"I have told you these things, so that in ME you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world."

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