I'm not a knitter, I've made attempts over the years to try and make, something, pretty much anything but it hasn't worked. My mother in law knits beautifully, my mom knits and crochets, somehow as I see it, knitting should be in the gene pool or rub off or something.
Then a few weeks ago I saw this Pinterest post for arm knitting that piqued my interest, like a lot of things on Pinterest and I thought, 'Kerri, give it a try'. So this past Saturday I picked up some yarn and gave it a try, success!!
Arm knitting is knitting but with your arms instead of needles. For my first attempt I did 15 rows, I think next time I'll do 12. The scarf is about 52 inches long before I sewed the ends together. This infinity scarf felt a little bit like it was going to eat my head but it was nice this past Sunday when I wore it to church and the weather was perfectly miserable! A cold, yucky day feels better with a soft, warm scarf.
I don't know if I can now actually call myself a 'knitter' but I've had success and feel inspired to try again with my arms and maybe even with some real needles.
If you want give arm knitting a try and need a little guidance you can find the tutorial I used by clicking on the picture.
Life is full of moments. Good moments and bad moments, happy moments and sad moments, frustrating moments and freeing moments. All make up life and have a part in the design of our life.
A few weeks ago I felt God impress this very clearly on my heart. I tend to always be looking ahead, planning and organizing, this is a good thing, it is part of my gifting but like every trait it has a dark side. The dark side of this is I can loose the moment now in looking at the moment to come.
Ecclesiastes 3 reads
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2 a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;
3 a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 a time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 a time to tear, and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 a time to love, and a time to hate;
a time for war, and a time for peace.
I need to live each moment as it comes. I was at a conference not too long ago and the speaker said 'put a frame around it' that encompassed what I had been feeling. My heart the past weeks had been hearing Jesus whisper, 'Kerri, frame the moment'.
Saying goodbye to a family member, Frame the Moment
Cuddling on the couch with my daughter, Frame the Moment
Struggling through a disappointing situation, Frame the Moment
Wrestling with feelings of frustration, Frame the Moment
Money is tight, Frame the Moment
The frame doesn't make the situation anything more than what it is but it gives me a reference point to pause and reflect. To be grateful, to be sorry, to be joyful that the pain of loss means I have something to loose and I've felt joy, to grow, to change, to celebrate. Those frames on the walls of my life make me who I am. God has used those moments to mold me into me. Often I have brushed the painful moments aside or been too concerned about the coming moments I missed the the sweet moment in front of me.
Look at the pictures on the walls of your life, take time to frame your moments, learn from them, celebrate them, cherish them but never stop looking to the moment your are experiencing right now.