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Common bonds

March 8, 2009

I recently took part of a discussion on Ravelry about the foods that our mother’s cooked. Many of us have fond memories of the chicken & dumplings or potato salad that our mothers’ made. I think my mother makes the best chicken and dumplings and potato salad on the planet. My mom thinks her mother made both recipes better and my grandmother, in turn, thought her mother, my great-grandmother, made these foods best. I use exactly the same ingredients as my mother and my grandmother yet my versions don’t taste like theirs.

Neither of these dishes is complicated, they use ordinary ingredients, yet I am amazed by how many people have fond memories of the chicken & dumplings or potato salad that their mother or grandmother made. I have often wondered if it was actually the food that was so good or the fact that we were surrounded by those who loved us when we ate.

Still, there is no doubt that food ties us to one another. My grandmother shared her recipes with my mother who shared these same recipes with me. I, in turn, am now sharing them with my own children. These humble recipes bind us together as a family. But they also tie us to other people when we share common memories of how all our moms cooked our favorite foods. It is these little moments that help us realize that, though we are all often very different, we also have common bonds that bind us all together.

Knitting is one of those common bonds. All knitters, no matter their age, location, family status, ethnic background or standard of living, share a common language – the language of knits and purls. We may spell knit and purl differently, we may perform the stitches differently, and we have different pattern preferences but we are all drawn together by yarn and needles.

When you meet someone with needles in hand, you automatically connect with them. Knitting forms a kind of Sisterhood (and Brotherhood) of the Traveling Yarn. That person with needles in hand is instantly my friend because she is a member of the knitting sisterhood.

Similarly, Christianity also creates these amazing common bonds. No matter where I go, I have a brother or sister in the faith somewhere nearby. We are all connected by Christ, our adopted Brother. We all have the same Father. My church family is there to support me just like my physical family. Sometimes, they must bolster me when I face difficult times. Other times, I am the one doing the supporting. We share pain, weariness, joy and an occasional knitting pattern or recipe.

I am thankful for the friends that I have made through knitting. But I am particularly thankful for those knitters who are also my Christian sisters and brothers. We have a bond much deeper than sticks and string. We have the same goal in life – a heavenly home. In addition, I greatly appreciate those delightful people who follow this blog and take the time to comment. It is always exciting and encouraging to hear from fellow fiber enthusiasts and fellow Christians. But most of all it is wonderful to have that common bond to knit us together.

…that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. – Colossians 2:2-3

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. Daisy permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:30 pm

    Lovely blog post! I love finding out the ties that bind me to other people – all over the world too! And finding out how differently similar things are done too (whether it’s knitting, cooking or going to church!).

  2. Daisy permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:30 pm

    Lovely blog post! I love finding out the ties that bind me to other people – all over the world too! And finding out how differently similar things are done too (whether it’s knitting, cooking or going to church!).

  3. Darth Knitter permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:45 pm

    I agree, what a lovely thought! When so many of us feel like we’re on the outside looking in, it’s nice to know that we all fit in with these common bonds. :-)

  4. Darth Knitter permalink
    March 9, 2009 12:45 pm

    I agree, what a lovely thought! When so many of us feel like we’re on the outside looking in, it’s nice to know that we all fit in with these common bonds. :-)

  5. anxiousdog permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:15 pm

    I guess that was the reason we started Knit Together as a podcast. I must say that after we started it we really started getting to know others even more. Especially you!

  6. anxiousdog permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:15 pm

    I guess that was the reason we started Knit Together as a podcast. I must say that after we started it we really started getting to know others even more. Especially you!

  7. Tabitha permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:18 pm

    This is one of the things that I love about Ravelry. It has given me the opportunity to make friends with knitters and Christians all over the world.

  8. Tabitha permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:18 pm

    This is one of the things that I love about Ravelry. It has given me the opportunity to make friends with knitters and Christians all over the world.

  9. Aunt Kathy permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:25 pm

    When I opened your blog today the first thing I read was your scripture in your header, and I thought, we ar eof the same mind. Then I read your blog and smiled, yes we are that and more, we are sisters.

  10. Aunt Kathy permalink
    March 9, 2009 3:25 pm

    When I opened your blog today the first thing I read was your scripture in your header, and I thought, we ar eof the same mind. Then I read your blog and smiled, yes we are that and more, we are sisters.

  11. Debby permalink
    March 9, 2009 4:29 pm

    Great post. I have been heard to comment, more than once, that my church family is, in some ways, closer to me than my earthly family and more my “real” family. Hmmm, wish there were some knitters in my church family, other than my daughters! Now that would be closeness!

  12. Debby permalink
    March 9, 2009 4:29 pm

    Great post. I have been heard to comment, more than once, that my church family is, in some ways, closer to me than my earthly family and more my “real” family. Hmmm, wish there were some knitters in my church family, other than my daughters! Now that would be closeness!

  13. Lynne permalink
    March 10, 2009 5:58 am

    Do you think the writer had kniting yarn in mind when he wrote: “a three-stranded cord is not easily broken”? :-)

    God bless.

  14. Lynne permalink
    March 10, 2009 5:58 am

    Do you think the writer had kniting yarn in mind when he wrote: “a three-stranded cord is not easily broken”? :-)

    God bless.

  15. January 19, 2010 10:51 am

    Hi Sister:) Found you through ‘Christ Justified’ Acappella Link. Am member of church of Christ since 78 from New England. Enjoy your wonderful site:) sent it to my daughter in-love…she loves to knit, too. Live with the Lord gracious goodness & mercy in N.Calif (quake 6.5) tremor…praying God covers the fault with his wings and soothe the crying earth. We hope to move to New Mexico to be with our son,wife & frandsons (New Mexico Christian Children’s Home) (please pray:) Love your scripture-picture post so right on target. Your title is so comforting to read talent & heart to our Holy Lord God’s glory. Your creations are amazing. God bless & keep thee in his loving care. Sincerely, Ana Harshaw

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