“Coat of Many Colours” 2019 Pilgrimage Blanket DS
A ten-week Spiritual Disciplines course ended early – half way through. Actually, only one person had registered for the course. I wrestled with cancelling it due to low registration but she was keen so I offered her one-on-one times each week. Her appreciation of my work (it took at least twice as long to prepare each week as it did to facilitate the two hours) made it more than worthwhile. I concluded that it must have been a God thing as I had decided a while ago that I preferred to offer group Spiritual Direction over individual sessions.
Nearing the half-way mark she let me know she had been accepted full time into a study program and would reluctantly have to let the Spiritual Disciplines sessions go. I had mixed feelings. I was happy for her. I had actually enjoyed preparing the agendas for the two hours weekly and could use the practice as I had not given this kind of workshop for a while. I realized that the blanket I had been knitting for a while now, was meant for her. On our last time together, it happened to be her birthday. I gave her the Pilgrimage Blanket and she gave me some kind comments about the workshops and also a gift she had made.
Life is often lived in between what we have planned. These blankets are often created and prayed over without knowing who the particular one I am working on will go to. Knitting for me is a Spiritual Discipline.
PILGRIMAGE BLANKETS 2019
Each blanket is as unique as each life is. There are twists and turns and places of mystery. Colours change like moods. Beads shine like prayers. Materials, stitches, techniques come and go at random, un-ironed, uncounted, unplanned. Appendages hang from here and there. Yet a pattern emerges in the intuitive journey. Our lives are cared for from above. Even in the darkest of times faith moves us to continue our one-of-a-kind lives with strength and peace. They cover as we study, rest, play, watch Netflix, pray or dream.