I am a totally visual learner. 100 %. And today i have gotten so many photographs via email, facebook, even on my phone, of socks and not even socks.
Totally gorgeous socks with the heels worn right through. And I have learned that I can be easily overwhelmed by such a huge outpouring of love, manifest in simple knitwear. Prayer socks.
Basic recipe…. women’s medium sock. cast on 60 with waste yarn, knit a few rows. Knit 20 rows, pick up for hem. Knit 80 rows, do short row heel. knit 60 rows, do short row toe. repeat for other sock. So not counting the heels and toes (which probably should count but counting doesn’t happen on chemo days) that’s 60 times (20 plus 80 plus 60) all times two for a pair. That’s 19,200 stitches plus two heels, two toes and some provisional cast on. and 30 stitches of Kitchener.
19,200 prayers per pair. Each stitch thanksgiving, intercession, love.
Which is why last year at Virginia Suzuki Institute I had to bring her another pair to WEAR, which she does, and that makes me so happy.
I am overwhelmed at the concept that people took the time today, our of their storm preparations and homeschooling and managing seizures and preparing for heart surgeries and fundraising for children with DS who NEED to be with their families to find their socks and put them on and take a picture and upload the whole thing and send it to me.
And this is only the beginning… a few from facebook and a few from email. To get the ones from my phone I have to find the cable, which involves being vertical. Vertical is just not good today.
I have started a list – a real written down list – of who needs socks. Some people need the socks, some people need the prayers that come with the socks.
I’ve loved the stories as much as the photographs. To be honest, I’ve gotten a little weepy, it’s been a REALLY sentimental sort of day, looking back at at least 8 years worth of socks (I’ve been knitting socks for lots longer, but i think 8 is the oldest I saw a photo of today)
Time for just one more, Danny’s pumper has been beeping for ages and I have to go fix something. The rest, and the stories without socks, tomorrow. Unless we lose power, in which case we lose internet… which leaves LOTS more time for praying and knitting.
I am so grateful. You all know about the DeHority Distraction Principle from Kelle and also from Julia. Do click those links if you don’t read their blogs, they have great insight into my make-a-wish concept. But anyway, you all (and there’s WAY MORE I HAVEN’T POSTED YET!!!) are even a better distraction. I am overwhelmed with love.
And now back to my knitting. Might have to get faster, my list is growing quickly. What a joy, people who value the power of prayer… each stitch a prayer, with love.