Lent 3 – Friday – The Second Half of Lent

Knitting Idea:  With the second iteration, you can really see the lace stitch. Here are the directions again.  It is much easier to do the second time around.

Row 1:  First four stitches seed stitch, then knit until last four stitches.  Seed stitch on last four stitches.

Row 2:  First four stitches seed stitch, then *purl 4 stitches, yarn over (use the purl yarn over) (your yarn is in front ready to purl, just take it up and over the needle and bring it back to the front to be ready to purl again.  There is now a wrap on the needle)

repeat from the * until there are 4 stitches left. 

You need to p the very next stitch and then keep your seed stitch going on the last three stitches.  Trust me on this.  The pattern requires multiple of fours then 1 additional stitch.  Your seed stitch pattern maybe telling you to knit but just purl that stitch!

Row 3:  First three stitches seed stitch, then Knit 1, *drop the yarn over you made in row 2 from the needle, do a new yarn over, then slip the next stitch from the left needle to the right needle like you were going to knit it.  Just slip it on, don’t knit it. Now knit three stitches.  Take the stitch you slipped onto the needle without knitting it and pass it over all three stitches so they are enveloped by it.  Repeat from the * to the last four stitches and do your seed stitch.

Row 4:  First four stitches seed stitch, then purl until last four stitches.  Seed stitch on last four stitches.

Abbreviated Slip Stitch Lace Instructions:

These are the same instruction as the ones above but in an abbreviated form!

Continue seed border on all rows.

Row 1:  Knit all stitches between seed stitch border

Row 2:  *P4,yo: repeat from * to last 4 stitches, P1, seed stitch last 3.

Row 3:  Seed stitch 3 stitches, k1, *drop yo from Row 2, yo, slip 1, k3, psso; repeat from * to last four stitches, seed stitch

Row 4:  Purl all the stitches between the seed stitch border.


This is the first day of the second half of Lent.  Congratulations!  It is day 21 and some websites will tell you that it takes 21 days to start a new habit.  I think it takes longer because I find that when I start something new I typically don’t make every day for the first 21 days.  It’s about starting over and figuring out what will help me keep going.  It’s about dealing with some setbacks like when your four month old puppy who had been calmly laying on the couch suddenly jumps up and picks up your entire project in her sharp needle shaped puppy teeth and starts shaking it like a dead animal she had just caught.  It’s about trying to stay calm while chasing the puppy who is leaving a trail of hand spun yarn wrapped around chair legs and tables as she plays this new dangerous game of I’ve got the best new chew toy in the world and no one is going to take it away from me.

I asses the damage.  Do I take it out or just try to take pictures that don’t show the damage?  What if we don’t address the damage in our lives?  At least with knitting, I’m provided the opportunity of a do over.  I carefully go backwards stitch by stitch.  The hand spun yarn is intact but probably not as strong as it was and there are some areas that are frayed but it will hold up.

Ignoring our wounds is never a good idea.  They become spots of vulnerability that show up at the worst possible time.  I once had a person call me who was extremely angry at a contractor that was working on her house.  She said, “I have to see your right away.”  We may plans to get together for lunch.  We sat at a picnic table in a park eating our sandwiches while she ranted and raved about this idiot who was putting in new cabinets.  I said to her, “Are you sure this is what your anger is about?”  She thought for a few minutes and then started to cry.  “I miss my husband.” She said.  “How did you know?”  “Well,” I said, “No one calls their priest to wail about their contractor.  They typically complain to the contractor directly.  People call their priest when they want to talk about their grief.”

It’s interesting to look below our presenting emotions.  I was very angry at the puppy although I remained calm during the incident.  I was angry at myself for creating a situation where she had access to my precious knitting.  The whole thing was my fault.  Most puppy mistakes can be attributed to the human.

We make mistakes, we get hurt, we deal with loss, but we follow Jesus, the great healer.  Jesus makes the blind see, the paralytic walk, stops the woman from hemorrhaging, excises demons through the power of love.  Prayer connects us to healing.  What needs healing?

Psalm 6.2:

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
Lordheal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.


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