Knitting Idea: Check out my Irish Mesh! Last day. Tomorrow we move on!
Multiple of 3 sts. Since this pattern has a multiple of 3 stitches, I increased my seed stitch border to 6 stitches on each end which left 36 stitches in the middle to work the Irish mesh stitch. I am working with 48 stitches.
Row 1 (RS): work 6 stitches in seed stitch k2, *yo, sl 1, k2, psso; rep from * to the last st, k1 work six Stitches in seed stitch.
Row 2: 6 stitches in seed stitch purl 36 and last six stitches in seed stitch.
Row 3: Work six stitches in seed stitch, k1, *sl 1, k2, psso, yo; rep from * to the last 2 sts, k2 then work six stitches in seed stitch.
Row 4: same as row 2
For pattern and video help go here.
Today I counted my stitches and I was missing two. So I counted them again and again and again. I kept getting 46 instead of 48 and I find it fascinating that my solution to this problem was to just count the stitches again hoping that I was wrong the other three times. Have you ever done this? I think it’s called magical thinking. If I just keep counting them over and over, the other two stitches will appear. Part of my denial is not being able to believe I have made some kind of mistake. How could I make a mistake?
Breaking through denial to believe something we don’t want to believe is very difficult. It takes some kind of crisis to break us out of living in a reality that is not real (like not have enough stitches to follow your pattern of choice). We realize something is missing.
I’m talking about what I referenced in another post – what a friend of mine calls the “God Hole”. We can walk through life thinking we can fill the longing we have in our hearts with something else, just the right person, the right house, the right car, the right vacation, the right child, grandchild, etc. until after multiple tries we realize something is missing. But like the missing two stitches – we can add them back in, we can do any method of increases and one will never know that the seed stitch edges lost a stitch or two for a few rows because we are now back on track.
Filling the hole in our hearts with God happens when we pursue our relationship with God on a daily basis. God is always reaching out to us, that little voice that tells us to pray, to read a devotional, to listen to scripture, to take time for gratitude, to knit in silence or whatever spiritual practice is your way to God.
In lent, we have made a commitment to walk the road of daily knitting and prayer. What happens after Easter? At the retreat, we will explore how our spiritual practice has gone through lent and figure out what kind of spiritual practice we will commit to during the Easter season. We will do a series of exercises and some sharing to help us with next steps. If you can’t make the retreat, I’ll post these exercises on Monday.