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It has come to my attention, that I do not stop to be grateful. Now for some of you that may seem strange. I love knitting but I can turn that in to a task master very easily. Finish this project and now rush to the next one. Don’t rest, don’t enjoy the finished piece. There is a deadline, there are the ten other things that need to be done. Knit, Knit, Knit.

When something, yes, even if it is a thing you love to do, becomes a driven goal it can lose it’s pleasure. Even the giving of it to the appreciative recipient can lose the happiness that it should bring. It is at that time, I have to stop! Stop and enjoy, stop and admire, stop and breathe in the gratefulness of having finished something that is lovely, or lose the beauty of having done it to begin with.

So in reflection and gratitude I look back on recently completed projects. There was the fun cover-up for my daughter in Turkey.

A very fun project for a very fun person.                                     A very fun cover-up for a very fun person.

A very fun cover-up for a very fun person.
The next project to reflect on and enjoy is a smaller version of an afghan that I did for one of our other daughters and her husband. This smaller version of the Yggdrasil Tree of Life afghan is for the son they are expecting in September.
 
Gavin's Blanket

Gavin’s Blanket

Of course there are other small projects to think on and enjoy finishing, a fun cloth that is reversible. This cloth is called Claddagh from the Irish symbol for love, loyalty, and friendship.

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The Irish symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship. The Irish symbol of love, loyalty, and friendship.

Both sides of this piece are knit at the same time and is a very fun cloth to make. These are given to those friends who meet with me regularly to knit and crochet. The Claddagh symbol is very appropriate for this group of wonderful people.

When we stop and reflect on things we do that we are grateful for we find our joy in doing them.

Gratitude is the birthplace of Joy. “Joy is prayer–Joy is strength–Joy is love–Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. She gives most who gives with joy.” Mother Teresa

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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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