Knitting New Friendships

Knitting New Friendships

I completed my Christmas baby’s Cute Noggin Baby Hat on Sunday.
Overall, it was a very simple pattern. And a quick knit. (It is small, after all!)
But when I got to the very top, I needed help. So, I went to my favorite yarn store for some assistance to make that fun little tassel at the top. It wasn’t too difficult, but it required some new skills, like casting on at the end of a project (rather than at the beginning).

It felt good to finish this little project in plenty of time for my baby’s arrival. (I am 34 weeks along now.)
But what was probably even better about my little excursion to the yarn store was who I had the privilege of meeting up with there.
Margaret. Of Minnesota.
She has a delightful blog and is even more delightful in person. Truly.
(We actually met briefly once before. We ran into each other at the pediatrician’s office last year. Our children were all getting flu shots. Amazing that we recognized one another from those tiny blogger photos! LOL)
Of course, I have no photographs to prove that I met up with Margaret at the yarn store. I am not a real blogger, like she is. Sure, I have a blog. But am I a blogger? I’m not so sure.
You see, that camera that she has is a natural, physical extension of her. I’m not kidding. She floats around with it taking beautiful photos of all sorts of things (and people, even total strangers).
While my camera sits shyly in my purse. At least it did on Sunday.
And even when I do take photos (like of my Cute Noggin Baby Hat), they are not always great. I have a lot to learn about photography. But I’m OK with that.
Anyway, Margaret wants to be a knitter. And I bet she’d be great at it. She even bought some pretty blue yarn. And I promised to assist her, if I possibly could. Which would be so much fun, since I do not know many gals in my close proximity who like to knit.
And I, well, I am about to have my sixth child, and she has six children. (I don’t know many families with more children than mine, so it’s nice to have some company.) And she homeschools, and I am just starting to discern homeschooling …
These things seemed like beautiful reasons to get together. Wouldn’t you agree?
Plus, we actually do live quite close to one another. A rarity in this virtual world.
So, after a bit of yarn shopping, she treated me to coffee, in honor of my little man’s upcoming birth. Wasn’t that sweet?
We had a wonderful afternoon visiting.
And I was reminded of the fact that it is truly a blessing to be women of faith, because our faith becomes an instant connection for us. A common ground. And a big one at that.
It’s not just that we happen to shop at the same stores or we enjoy similar movies or we can’t live without the same lipgloss.
It’s not so trivial. It is eternal.
It is that we believe in the same God. Have devotions to the same Mother. Try to live a life in accordance with His will. Stumble in similar (or different) areas, but still have the experience of stumbling. And, in faith, get up again, striving over and over (and over!) again for holiness.
Our beautiful Catholic faith brings us together and allows us to share in this great life of being Catholic mothers. The challenges and the joys. The questions and the certainties …
Sharing all this over some soft, pretty yarn, and a delicious cup o’ joe.
Who could ask for a lovelier Sunday afternoon? Certainly not me.
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14 thoughts on “Knitting New Friendships

  1. A little birdie told me that you met up with Mrs. B. What a lovely time you must have had, and I so agree that our faith binds us stronger than anything else could!

    Have a great weekend, Sarah!

  2. I do agree!! None can compare to Margaret. Having only met her a couple of times IRL, she is Margaret in Minnesota after all and you can't help but be fascinated by her ๐Ÿ™‚
    That is wonderful that you have so much in common and are in the general vicinity of one another too! And I agree, finding faith filled women who bless us even in their presence are a true blessing. Thank goodness for friends like Margaret, knitting and coffee!!

  3. So, I caught your tiny "bomb"…discerning homeschooling. Really? I'd like to know more about that. Praying for you. It really is a BIG family decision. But it can be a beautiful thing if you feel called to it.:)

  4. I couldn't agree with your assessment of friendship more, Sarah. I think it's precisely why I've found several great friendships here in Bismarck already — when you have the most important thing in your life in common, it's easy to become fast friends.

    Hey, I'm just finishing knitting my first scarf. Do you have any recommendations for an easy second project?

    And praying for your homeschooling discernment. Shoot me an e-mail if you want to talk about it. I love it more every year!

  5. Michelle, I would recommend another scarf! With a different pattern. Maybe something with a different yarnโ€”thicker or with some color variation? On your first scarf, did you just knit, or did you purl, too? That could make a difference as well. When I was first learning to knit, I knit the same scarf twice, because it was a pattern that had so many different stitches in it. It was good practice. Another option would be to knit a dishcloth. It is a quick project. I love washing dishes with knitted dishcloths. They are wonderful! E-mail me if you have any more questions.

    And thanks for the prayers!

  6. To tell you the truth, I often feel quite shy taking photos of strangers, and when that lady at the knitting shop began to protest–albeit mildly–I had to push myself at the same time I was pushing her.

    I do love telling stories that include photos, though, and that's why I [try to] take lots of them.

    Enough about me, though. You are too too sweet! What a kind post you've written, and you hit the Catholic nail right on the head. I don't know that I've thought it through the way that you have but your definition of Catholic friendship is spot on.

    But a Catholic friend who knits and drinks coffee? Well, I couldn't ask for anything more. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Congrats on your Christmas baby! I had my 9th baby last Dec. 21. It was the best Christmas gift I've ever had. And I homeschool too ๐Ÿ™‚ I will be praying for you!

  8. I'm jealous of the SNOW and now I'm jealous of this. WOW. YOU Minnesotan's have all the luck! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Naw, you know I'm glad for y'all. I really am. I'll just go back out in my yard and work on my Hawaiian tan.

    I really would trade a cold soda for a cup of soup if it weren't so warm here.

  9. I've been teaching myself to knit (again) these past few days. I'm really slow! But, after a couple practice squares, I'm making a satchel/bag.

    How awesome that you met Margaret … and that you live close enough to meet again.

    Prayers for you and your hubby in your discernment to homeschool.

    Glad the pregnancy is going well; your Christmas baby will look cute in the hat.

  10. There is nothing like sharing quality time with another catholic mom, is there? It is such a blessing and an inspiration. It indeed strengths the faith and refreshes the heart.
    Sigh, wish you all lived closer to me! Coffee and knitting are some of my favorite things!

  11. this was a beautiful post, sarah!
    how special for both you and margaret!
    looks like "Someone" has something up His sleeve with regards to you and homeschooling. i'll be praying for your "discernment"…


  12. HI Sarah! I love the hat! It is so very cute! My name is Marie and I live near the Twin Cities as well (and I met Margaret once). I am newbie knitter and would love to learn from you some of the tricks of the trade, if you have the time that is – maybe sometime next spring? We don't have children yet, (well, 2 little ones in heaven), but we are eagerly awaiting them, but I very much love Catholic mom blogs and hope that someday my DH and I will be able to engage in some of the same devotions and activities with our children. God Bless you as you prepare for the birth of your new little one!

  13. Funny, I thought you two knew eachother and went to the same church and wondered why you never posted with eachother or about eachother.

    What a beautiful post about friendship. And coffee. And knitting.

    I wish someone would teach me to knit. My grandmother told me when I was little, she couldn't teach me because I was a lefty.

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