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Since the dawn of culture, humans have tracked the changing of the seasons. In some parts of the world, it’s Winter, Spring, Summer, Harvest; elsewhere it’s the ebb and flow of rainy and dry seasons. Each culture has special rituals and traditions built into the changing seasons. Christians, since the earliest days of the Church, have had our own way of marking the year, starting with Advent and following Jesus’ life through to Pentecost.
Lent is a time of preparation. For many of us, it’s a chance to give up something that has grown perhaps a little too dear to us to gain a little more balance and focus on Jesus. Sometimes we engage in extra spiritual disciplines for the same reason. For forty days spanning the last depths of winter and the first hints of spring, we anticipate and participate in Jesus’ suffering on our behalf, rejoicing in the rescue we have from sin, and hoping to live into it more fully.
In this spirit, OFS conducted a Mystery Knit-Along during Lent of 2011.
The structure of the project is based on a book called The Drama of Scripture by Michael W. Goheen and Craig G. Bartholomew. The pattern for each block includes a brief devotional thought on that portion of the story, and each block is related to that portion in color and pattern. At the same time, longer devotionals with recommended Scripture passages for each week are posted here on the OFS blog.
- Dimensions: a scarf 12″ wide by 84″ long, comprised of 7 squares, each 1 foot x 1 foot, each a different color, knit one onto another (no seams).
- Experience level: Intermediate. Must know how to do cables. The ability to read charts is recommended, but both written instructions and charts will be included for each clue. Both have been test knitted.
- Recommended Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed DK. (Any DK weight will do, though this yarn is excellent. Brand doesn’t matter, but color does. You will want to get the colors listed below in order to retain the symbolism of the clues. You will need about 180 yards of each color.) Felted Tweed DK, including many of discontinued colors, is available online through my LYS: Yarns Unlimited.
- Red: 150 Rage (or 149, disc.)
- Purple: 151 Bilberry (or 148, disc.)
- Brown: 153 Phantom
- Gold: 160 Grit
- Green: 161 Avocado (or 156, disc.)
- White: 164 Grey Mist
- Blue: 167 Maritime
- Needles: US6 (4mm). Straights or circulars, your preference.
- Other materials: A tapestry needle (for sewing in ends), a large-ish crochet hook (for fringe).