As I sat in Rosh Hashanah services this weekend, I thought about how knitting through them would have made me feel a lot calmer, more focussed, less critical, more spiritual. Unfortunately, many observant Jews feel that knitting violates Shabbat and holiday restrictions against work. Although I do not abide by these, these teachings are integral enough to Judaism that I feel it would be a slap in the face to many in my community for me to knit during services. But my hands felt really empty. For hours and hours.
Instead, at David's suggestion, I tried to envision God as a knitter. (Theoretically I love this idea. Practically, it got me not a whit closer to envisioning God. Luckily, Judaism has room for nonbelief.)
Rosh Hashanah is a time to think back on what has come before and use that knowledge to decide the future direction of our lives, a direction that brings us peace and wholeness.
As the holiday ended this evening, I thought, "What better way to bring a new beginning and a time of peace than by starting a new project?" (It also helped me heal from the Time of No Knitting.)
I bring you the start of Adamas, designed by the same brilliant person who brought us Icarus:
After the upper chart:
After the first repeat of the body chart:
After the second:
And it just keeps marching on, orderly and dependable, after the third:
I was not the only person who started a new project. David, facing a week-long meeting, decided to cast on for his own Irish Hiking Scarf! (I am so pleased to have a partner who understands my reasoning for having several projects going at once.)