Often lacey in its open, web like patterns, crochet is made by looping yarn around a single hook. The hooks come in different sizes depending on the scale and delicacy of the piece to be worked, but each piece begins with a loop through which the yarn is hooked and pulled to make the next loop, and so on. Before long there is a linked chain of loops on which to build the pattern. In Ann’s two beautifully colourful photos of a scarf and shawl the space between the stitches takes up nearly as much area as the stitched yarn itself, as if the stitches are joining and linking up the spaces.
Looking back to my own past days of crocheting, I remember making pram covers, bootees, and shawls for friends’ babies, table mats, and ties for male friends (some of whom were even kind enough to wear them, at least once!). Our lovingly crafted gifts can be ways of connecting with people across space and distance.
In the past year we have had to give up many things that are important in our lives. If giving up yet more for Lent seems a sacrifice too far, then perhaps taking on something may be more refreshing. Taking time to pick up the threads of relationships, and to reconnect with others, even though not face-to-face, may be one way to sustain us and connect us anew with God this Lent.
inweave the fabric of our common life,
that the many-coloured beauty of your love
may find expression in all our exchanges.
Reflection written by Marian Needham