Sunday, July 26, 2009

Knitted of Love

Lee County lace

Many of you know that P & A & I just got back from a mission trip with the Appalachian Service Project down in Lee County, Virginia. Our week was full of hard work, laughter, and learning to trust and have faith....putting our faith forward was the theme down at ASP this summer. It's a good lesson to remember.
Lee County bridge

Of course I packed some knitting projects for the week - three to be exact. All of them were my WIPs for the WIP Knit-Down. On Saturday evening, I packed them all into a hard case and included them with the luggage we packed into the car on Saturday evening. Sunday morning as we were leaving the house, I realized that I didn't have anything handy to knit during the 6 hour drive down - so I quickly reached into my cotton drawer and grabbed the two nearest skeins, threw them in a bag and ran out the door. I volunteered to drive, so didn't get any knitting time and kind of forgot about the cotton for a couple of days.

Looking into Tennesee
Day #1 & 2 at our family's home involved painting and texturizing the ceiling. On day #3, we were ready to paint their walls. The kitchen was painted a pale yellow. Also, our family had been given counter tops that were a cheerful lavender color...it was when I saw the counters that I remembered the two skeins of cotton in my bag.
Kitchen cloth

Turns out that I had grabbed the perfect colors for our family's new kitchen. These are the exact colors I would have chosen if I had KNOWN their kitchen was to have yellow walls with lavender counters. Kim, Sara, Kathleen, & I took turns knitting a dish cloth for Katie, the lady of the house. It was a cloth knitted of love for their house built of love. Coincidence? Maybe......but then again, maybe not.

Want to know more about the Appalachian Service Project? Click here!
Powell River

3 comments:

Cindy G said...

What lovely pictures, what a wonderful project to take part in, and how grace-full that you had the right yarn to make that final, personal contribution knit with love.

Carrie said...

As a fellow ASP-er and knitter, I just wanted to let you know how glad I am to have stumbled onto your post (well, ok, I follow ASP on Twitter and they posted the link). When you head down there it's easy to think about tons of other groups going as well, but not as easy to imagine all the ways they have been touched - thank you :)

EyeStamp said...

Coincidence? I love that you noticed how wonderfully things work out when we just give up control! Great post!