We have been knitting again. The "we" is growing which makes it great fun. My friend Gwen continues to amaze me with her skills at both teaching and knitting. She makes sure I learn something each time. (I have a lot to learn). There have been two completed projects among those of us who are learning- an eyeglass case and a dishcloth. Finishing is a good moment, but we are left to examine our work and see all of the bumps and lumps where are learning is taking place. Striving for perfection seems to be part of the knitting practice.
It's also part of our conversation as our words meander into this and that. We spoke about grace and how the life of faith seems to be one of continual learning and working out the lumps. A student remarked a month ago that we are never done seeking and growing when it comes to living faithfully. The Methodists call it "going on to perfection" and like knitting its more fun when we go together.
Yesterday my friend, Gwen of Knitability, came to the UC campus with me to knit. It was a really good thing that she was there since I picked up my project that had been sitting for over a year and realized I had no idea where I had filed my ability to knit in my brain. Apparently it was waaaay in the back behind many other distant memories because I couldn't even figure out how to hold my needles. Yeah, it was that bad. But, Gwen came to my rescue and as soon as I was set up it all came back quickly. Gwen explained that my muscles would remember how to do this even when my brain seems to have forgotten.
She's willing to help you out with learning to knit for the first time or getting your muscles back into the habit as well. Interested? Leave a comment or send me an email and I'll alert you when we'll be back at the Lantern. I even have some yarn and needles to lend out as you get started. As for me, I'll be picking up an easier project for these sessions (I'm thinking a prayer shawl- basically a very large rectangle) so I can use more muscle memory and the brain power can go towards prayers for the shawl recipient- or for you. If you stop by with a prayer request when we're there you can take home a gift of a prayer shawl of your own.