I finished my Sunday Swing socks, which are kind of a Frankensock because I used the body pattern of the Sunday Swing Sock and the heel/gusset pattern and the toes from the Sleepy Hollow socks. I think they came nice.
When I showed the first finished sock to my mom-prayer-group (the other two members who were there happened to also knit) I explained about the yarn. One of them said, “No, it’s beautiful.” And the other took the sock into her hands, turned it over, looked for a while at it, and then said, “Your tension is very even.”
(If you care enough to see that for yourself, you can click the photo above and it’ll give a larger view.)
It surprised me that this was what she noticed, but at the same time, it was exactly the thing an experienced knitter would observe. Not the color of the yarn, nor even the pattern, but the way I’d knit it up.
Thinking about it later, I’m convinced that’s how it works in our souls as well. We’re not experienced craftsmen (craftspeople?) at the making of a finished soul. We know ourselves, and that’s about it. We can’t help the raw materials we’re given to start with, and extra incidentals are like the patterns we use to model ourselves.
But an expert creator would look at us an take note of the way we build ourselves up, the way we cultivate our spirit, the choices we make as we live our lives and bring ourselves to maturity. We look at ourselves and say, “This was a bad choice, and that wasn’t ideal,” and God says, “But look at how you worked with what you had.” And then notices things about ourselves that we didn’t think to note during the process.