Giving Away For Lent
Last Wednesday marked the first day of Lent, the 40-day period leading up to the Christian holiday of Easter. Unlike the celebratory season of Advent that comes before Christmas, it is a reflective season to appreciate Christ’s sacrifice. Some Christians choose to give up something for Lent. Spencer, who is Catholic, eats no meat except Fish on Fridays during Lent and has also given up soda.
Giving something up for Lent has not worked for me in the past. As a third grader I gave up pants for Lent more as an attention-getting scheme than anything else. I did indeed wear dresses only for 40 days straight, but that was hardly a sacrifice for my eccentric little self. I was also very competitive with my Catholic classmates.
This year, instead of giving something up for Lent, I will be giving things away. I think the best way to reflect on Christ’s love for me is to show love to others. I have set a personal goal to donate 10 handmade items to Lutheran World Relief before Easter.
My first item is a baby cardigan that will be packaged into a layette. You can find the free pattern here. The construction was a bit mind-boggling but it still came together quite quickly. I was able to use up a skein of sport-weight yarn which works towards my No New Craft Supplies in 2011 Challenge goal of de-cluttering my yarn collection.
Any suggestions for quick baby knits?