Knitting in the face of God
A favoured way of mine to spend time alone is to knit, I find it helps to defrag my brain… if you defrag your computer it:
is a process that reduces the degree of fragmentation. It does this by physically organizing the contents of the mass storage device used to store files into the smallest number of contiguous regions (fragments). It also attempts to create larger regions of free space using compaction to impede the return of fragmentation.Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defragmentation
Some defragmentation utilities try to keep smaller files within a single directory together, as they are often accessed in sequence. Defragmentation is advantageous and relevant to file systems on electromechanical disk drives. The movement of the hard drive’s read/write heads over different areas of the disk when accessing fragmented files is slower, compared to accessing the entire contents of a non-fragmented file sequentially without moving the read/write heads to seek other fragments.
There is something about the repetitive nature of the movement, along with the tactile effect of working with the yarn that does this process, and I find it deeply soothing.
It allows my body and mind to rest and at the same time creates something. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not good at this, I am currently creating a baby blanket for a friend, and it is definitely an act of love, rather than a piece of art or craft, but I don’t think a newborn baby is going to mind that the repeating pattern doesn’t alway repeat and that there are a few rows which are different lengths to the rest, and my friend is gracious enough to accept it with the love it has been made. The fact that is a self striping variegated yarn makes it seem pretty enough.
Sometimes I watch TV, or video podcasts, the Green Bean is an especial favourite (as I’ve written about here), but quite often I sit in silence.
In Finding your Hidden Treasure by Benignus O’Rourke a priest advised an elderly lady who was struggling to pray that each morning she should pick up her needles and knit before the face of God.
This is such a lovely idea, again there is something in the repetitious nature and physicality of knitting which allows me to sink into being with God. Sometimes I am just sitting there in Their presence, just existing, other times I am talking to Them, as if They actually were sitting with me on the sofa.
I love it a great deal, it has become a deep spiritual practice and I hope that the baby will feel wrapped in that love and prayer when they arrive in a few months time!