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The Time Between

In knitting there are times when you finish a large, lengthy project and then there is the time between. That is the time after the big push to finish something and the start of the next big project. This time can sometimes feel like a let down or a twilight zone type place. A place of not knowing exactly what you want to do next and being glad the other project is finished. It is not a place void of knitting, there are always small project in the works. Just a place where the main focus is not yet in focus.

In life there are places of Between. When one phase of life has ended and the next not quite in focus yet.  A child arriving but not yet here, children leaving but not yet self-supporting, thinking of retiring but not yet able to  retire. Changes that can feel like a let down, but you are glad that one phase is finished, yet you are not quite sure what the next phase will bring. Yet there is always something in progress, life continues.

In knitting, you eventually begin a new project that requires a lot of time and effort the same is true of life, the new child arrives, the last child leaves and has found their place in life, and retirement does come. The time between ends and the new project is in full swing. Life cycles and knitting walk hand in hand.  Sometimes we have it all lined up, what will come next, both in life and knitting. Other times it seems to take a while to figure it out. Trial and error. No, I don’t want to make that, yes I want to change jobs or not work or…. what ever. Just knowing that you are in a time between sometimes lets you just float along with the small projects waiting… waiting for the next thing to come into focus.

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I love the Tree of Life knitting motifs. I have incorporate them in to several afghans done for wedding gifts. To me the patterns remind me that we are connected to each generation before us and to those who will follow. This one was knit for my daughter and son-in-law. It has the small trees intertwined, they seem to represent the families before and the two large center trees seem to me to represent the new family joined in marriage. Then the two small sets of intertwined trees the future generations to come. I also love the connection to biblical Trees of Life.  In Revelations 22:And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: (Rev 22:1-3 KJV) this passage about the Tree of Life is one I see in the twined trees of this pattern. And in Genesis:  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 2:9 KJV) So from the opening pages to the closing pages of the Bible the theme of the Tree of Life runs through God’s word.

The second afghan was finished for another daughter and her husband. (In time for their 1st anniversary.) Again it is another variation on the Tree of Life pattern. This time with the 4 trees growing out from the center. This is more of a Norse theme and the pattern is Yggdrasil. There again is the theme of life and the whole universe being connected.

It seems that every culture and faith has a version of this type of Tree that represents life. For some they seem to think it is a stumbling block if it is not all connected to scripture. For me it is that God has placed in our hearts the wonder of life and the innate knowledge that we are all connected. He reaches out to us through this desire to be connected to draw us to Himself the creator.

Patterns are fascinating they do reveal so much about ourselves in developing them. Knitting brings patterns to life through the yarn and time spent in making them up. We are connected  to those that receive the items and to those who developed the original pattern. Our personal embellishments then add to the growing life of patterns and the art of knitting.

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