Friday, January 11, 2013

Holy Stitchwits!!

Not an euphemistic exclamation, or an original Batman TV series dialog but a group of women (men are also welcome) that get together the second Sunday of each month to crochet, knit, or any type of needle work in the Kirkendall Room. They knit, stitch and chat - about patterns, life and "stuff". The results of their creativity is given away: either as a personal project; a blanket for the newest grandchild, or a scarf for a friend or given to the Christmas at Sea ministry in our Diocese, scarves and hats for mariners who cannot be home for Christmas. Prayer/Comfort shawls may also be made if that is the choice of the knitter/crocheter. All of these crafted stories are designed to wrap, enfold, comfort and cover some one loved, cared for and prayed over.

Knitting, crochet, needlework all are a form of ritual - choosing the colors and pattern, picking up the needles or hooks, creating stitches and rows, casting on or off, the click of needles. The pattern repeated until the work is done, the end of the row, binding it off and the piece is blessed and sent on its way to comfort, warm and embrace. Cradling the recipient in warmth and prayer.

If you wish to join this group of serene weavers or would just like to sit and join in the conversation the next time they meet is Sunday January 13th after the 10:30 AM service in the Kirkendall Room.

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