Rachel Mildred leads Hope 15:13. She navigates life in London as a millennial homemaker, multiple business owner, aspiring author and passionate foodie. She lives with her Husband, Joseph and Welsh Terrier puppy, Olive, and enjoys all things creative, handmade and up-cycled.

 

The mighty Lord knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). He knit us together with bones and sinews (Job 10:11). He created us with the ability to be knit together in love (Colossians 2:2). Indeed, we are told that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David (1 Samuel 18:1).

As a natural-born crafter, I have turned my hand to many of the arts, but few come close to producing such creative legacy as knitting.

I recall as a child learning to knit with my grandmother, and even great-grandmother, with her fiery Spanish temper, correcting me each time I tangled the wool around the needles and helplessly dropped stitch after stitch! Even in my teens, a relaxing and quintessentially English Sunday afternoon would be spent knitting with my mother, with a cup of tea. We’d knit children’s toys, chunky scarves, cardigans for the various eagerly expected family babies…

Knitting creates something larger than just the physical item one produces. A knitted item has an unspoken feel of love about it. I’m always left feeling so satisfied with the time and labour spent to produce such a unique and hand-crafted piece, as well as joy in the ability to create something so beautiful from the fleece of God’s own animals.

What I love most about knitting a patchwork blanket, especially with friends is that so many stories come together in one beautiful, practical piece that provides timeless pleasure, warmth and security. I can’t help but see and appreciate the parallels of God knitting our individual lives together for His kingdom’s work.

I do hope you enjoy knitting a patchwork blanket with your friends during this time of Government-instructed isolation. I would encourage you to knit a square or two that reflects your mood and feelings of hope in the Lord. Once you’ve stitched your squares together, perhaps you could donate the finished article to a local charity or shelter. Who knows what legacy of love and enjoyment you’ll be leaving with the recipient?

Knitting needles and yarn can be purchased from a variety of online stores. Learn how to knit your own patchwork blanket here: https://www.wikihow.com/Knit-a-Patchwork-Blanket