From David, our Moderator

 

I watched this week as Lynda taught Abigail how to knit, and Amelia how to crochet, whilst Holly was doing cross-stitch.

Many years ago I was taught to knit as a teenager by two lovely ladies I was visiting in a Bolton retirement home. I wish now that I had kept it up, as knitting is quiet , it can be done virtually anywhere , it isn’t hazardous, it can be done in company, and moreover it doesn't produce sawdust , metal swarf, or wood shavings.

Knitting is also one of those skills that seems to be particularly useful at the start of new life. One of our nephews and his wife recently announced the good news that they are to have a baby, so naturally Lynda has been buying baby wool. Several of our family babies have gone to sleep in one of her knitted cardigans alongside one of her knitted teddy bears.

Added to its many other values, knitting has a therapeutic quality. In our first church at Redcar in North Yorkshire, we had a friend by the name of Jim. Jim was an engineer, however on one occasion in an accident at work he had burned his hands, and or a time he couldn't work with his normal engineering tools. His consultant advised him as part of his convalescence to learn to knit. The knitting itself was creative and could alleviate any boredom, whilst the lanolin in the wool along with the dexterity required would help speed the recovery of his hands. So knit he did and he never looked back, continuing to knit when he was completely recovered. When Matthew was born Jim presented him with the most beautiful cabled Aran cardigan.

I have always admired those folk who can knit. It seems to me almost miraculous when someone can take a long formless piece of yarn and with two sticks shape it into the three dimensional human form, to produce a pullover a hat a pair of gloves, or even a teddy bear for a new born baby.

Job in the Old Testament imagined God knitting him like a garment when he says;

“Did you not clothe me with skin and flesh when you knit me together with bones and sinew. You gave me life and showed me kindness ” (Job 10.)

The psalmist marvels at God’s crafting skill as he considers the sheer complexity of the precious tiny human form that God had knit together in the time before he was born when he says.

 “You created my utmost being, you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful" (Psalm 139.13)

To knit something for someone is a special act of love.

Have you ever considered that you were not just a combination of chemical elements , nor were you produced in a factory.  You are one of God's precious, unique and lovingly made “Hand knits"

Every Blessing

David