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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: In and Out (04/30/09)

TITLE: Pattern Choices
By Joy Bach


I stood in the aisle of the store, scanning the various latch hook kits. Having never done latch hook before, I was trying to find an easy one. Making my purchase, I took it home and proceeded to set up my work area. Latch hook uses short strands of yarn of various colors, so I placed each color in a separate baggie. With the pattern laying on the end table beside me and the various baggies of yarn on the floor in front of me, I began my project. Taking one strand of yarn, and using the tool called a latch hook; I poked the hook in and out as I progressed across the first row.

If I followed the pattern, I would end up with a lovely latch hook wall hanging.

Years before, I had tried my hand at cross stitch. Using the same principles, I had a pattern and various colors of thread. The needle went in and out on the piece of cloth where the pattern had been stamped, making an X within each square.

My completed project was a picture of stuffed bears sitting on a ledge; which became a gift for a daughter.

I’ve been crocheting since I was six. In those days, we didn’t have the money to buy patterns, so I was taught to crochet by looking at a completed project. The thread used to make doilies was all one color and very slender. Therefore, the size of the crochet hook had to be very small, to be able to catch that slender thread each time the hook went in and out.

I didn’t care for the small thread. It was tedious and took a long time to see any progress.

In my later years, I tired of crocheting, so attended a knitting class. We were given a choice of beginning patterns to try. As I attended class each week, the teacher helped me understand the pattern I had chosen, and the stitch I needed to knit to achieve the desired vest. The knitting needles made a little clicking noise as they went in and out through the strand of yarn.

The completed vest became a gift for a daughter.

But with all these types of projects, they had one thing in common. I made mistakes as I worked on them. Sometimes I could fix the mistake and sometimes I just cut the thread and tried again. A few times I had to unravel and start over. I had a lot of tangled threads on the back of the cross stitch picture.

In one of my knitting projects, I had worked for months on an afghan for a daughter. I was using “circular” needles; which is one long plastic strand with a needle point on each end. As my needle went in and out, the tension on it suddenly lessened. Not sure what had happened, I laid the partially finished afghan on the floor. In horror, I saw that one of the needle points had come off. I had several inches of knitted loops with nothing holding them in place.

My project was ruined. I certainly didn’t know how to fix it. But I remembered the name of my knitting teacher. Hurrying to the phone book, I found her telephone number. When she answered the phone, I poured out my distress to her.

She came right over, bringing a new circular needle for me to borrow. With her expertise, she methodically picked through the loops, restoring my afghan. She refused to take any form of payment, telling me she was glad to help.

The Bible contains many different types of patterns. There are designs in there for Christians, relationships and parenting; to name a few.

In Ephesians 5:21-33, there is a pattern for marriage. God has given us the various colored threads to use. Sometimes it will be tedious and require a lot of give and take. Many couples hop in and out of marriage on a regular basis.

We will have tangled threads and dropped loops. There will be a long span of time before we can begin to see the finished design. There will be times we don’t quite understand the “project” we have chosen and we need help from our Teacher.

In our distress we can turn to the One who already knows what the finished project is to look like and He has the expertise to restore our marriage. He will be glad to help.

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Connie Dixon05/07/09
Loved how you "wove" marriage in with your other sewing examples. When everything lines up just right, you come out with a beautiful crafted object, a piece of art or a victorious marriage. Nice analogy.
Kendra Bacus05/07/09
Very good analogy. Since I too have done all of those crafts, it totally makes sense. But how often do we still try to make up our own "pattern" or instructions to our life and marriage? Good reminder, that God and the bible has it all written right there for us to follow.
Margaret Gass05/07/09
I remember how excited I was at the start of each latchhook or cross stitch project, and what great pains I took to be organized. Invariably, however, there came a point when I was stuck, so frustrated that I just tossed my baggies aside for a few days. How much wiser were you to call in an expert! When I finally think to call on Him, the tangles disappear...so I hope to call sooner in the future. :-) Good job.