Stitched Together by Karen Pettyjohn

My mom taught me to knit as a young girl.  She believed in teaching us basic skills to keep our hands busy.  We started out learning embroidery, using those iron-on transfers that were free in magazines in that era.  Next, we learned to crochet.  I used my first "allowance" to purchase a crochet hook and thread at the local dry goods store.  One Friday, I asked Mom if she would finally teach me to knit.  She asked when, and I said right now!  Actually, it wasn't about the knitting at that time.  Friday was always cleaning day and I didn't want to clean the house on a beautiful summer day.  Mom stopped cleaning right then and gave me my first knitting lesson. Then... we finished cleaning the house.

I thought of my handiwork as just learning basic skills.  I had no idea how well these skills would serve me throughout my life.  My knitting is something that I keep building on, learning new techniques.  It has also been a great stress reliever as well as a companion during solitary times in my life.  Knitting has introduced me to new people and taken me to new places and experiences.  It has allowed me to make items for my family, but it has also allowed me to "give back" by knitting items for those in need that I may never meet.

Knitting reminds me of my faith.  Growing up, I thought I was just learning the basics like "Jesus loves me," and "Love my neighbor."  As I continue to study God's Word in the Bible, I keep learning new things.  Like my knitting, God's Word has also been a great stress reliever as well as a companion during solitary times.  It has allowed me to bless others as God has blessed me.  The fellowship has introduced me to new people and taken me to new places and experiences.

Stitched Together at the VMC is a combination of my knitting skills and faith.  It gives women a time to gather and share, both their handiwork and their prayers.  We work on different items, using different skills.  There are some that knit, crochet, quilt or just do some mending.  We share our individual talents, as well as our lives, as we encourage each other and pray for one another.

Karen Pettyjohn facilitates the Stitched Together group which meets on the first Monday of each month from 6-8 p.m.  Come join in and bring whatever project you're working on.