Lent 2 – Monday: Back to Basics!


Knitting Idea:  Row 1 – K1,P1,K1,P1, Knit the rest of the stitches until 4 stitches remain then P1, K1, P1, K1 (So we are knitting this row and keeping our seed stitch border going)

Row 2 – K1, P1, K1, P1, purl the rest of the stitches until 4 stitches remain and then P1,K1,P1,K1

Row 3 – repeat row 1

Row 4 – repeat row 2


It’s always necessary to go back to the basics!  Ballerinas start everything with pliés at the bar.  This basic move is the foundation of jumps, spins, and  most steps.  In knitting, the basics are the knit and purl stitches.  Everything happens from these basic stitches.

The most basic prayer I can think of is “help”.  It’s the moment when we realize we are not in control, we can’t go it alone, and then we reach out to a greater power.

Desperation is often the foundation of prayer.  Prayer takes hold when we give up trying to control the things we have no control over and surrender.  At times in my life, I hated the concept of surrendering to some kind of power I wasn’t sure of but now I see this power as Love with a capital L.  I know Huey Lewis and the News are ahead of me on this with the song about the power of Love but we all know that Love is powerful.

Love is what gets us up in the wee hours of the morning when we have only gotten twenty minutes of sleep to go comfort a crying baby.  Love is what keeps us working at finding funding to help the homeless.  Love is what gives us the courage to knock on a neighbor’s door to see if they need help.  Love is why we spend hours knitting a sweater, afghan, or a hat for our kids, grandkids, and complete strangers.  Love is energy and power and one way to connect to it is through prayer.

Love is the answer we are looking for when we cry for help.  No matter what happens, we can endure if we have love.

What do you do when you go back to the basics?  What action do you take?  How do you restart?

No matter what happened with your knitting, just go back to the basics, reorient and connect with the power of love.




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