Posted by: scrabblequeen | May 21, 2009

The Provebial “Good Woman”

I don’t often go on about religious matters here, just the occaisional holiday mention most of the time. However, it was brought to my attention that knitters and spinners (who are also women) are the embodiment of the Proverbs 31 woman!

For starters, verse 13 says,
” 13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.”

Well of course we do! And cotton, bamboo, alpaca, and silk, too. 🙂
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LL Grumperina

Verse 17
“17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks. “

YOu betcha. Strong hands, too.
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hands

Verse 19
“19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.”

That was for all you spinners.
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Mmm Privada

Verse 20
” 20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy. “

Yes, most knitters I know DO knit for charity at least part of the time.
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Caron Baby Set
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Verses 21-22a
“21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;”

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crazy color scarf 1
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Well, not always scarlet. Sometimes I make things in blue, or green, or purple. To be honest, I personally, have yet to tackle anything as large as a bed cover, but many do.
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greenblanket1
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Verses 24-25
“24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.”

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yarnies 1
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Something about that last verse makes me think of The Yarn Harlot. She is certainly well prepared for the days ahead. Considering the extent of my stash, I suppose that I am, as well!

This was not meant to be a lecture, or a sermon. Neither was it intended as a total joke. No dis-respect for any other crafts, such as crocheting or quilting, is implied. My Hubby Dearest brought this to me this evening, and I was heartened to think he “got it”. The time and resources spent on my “hobby” are good things, both according to these verses, and to him!

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Responses

  1. Wow! That is a great fit. I know those verses well, but hadn’t really studied them since I began knitting in earnest…

  2. I love how you illustrated these verses! :0)
    Love that last photo!!

  3. I love it! And I love the photos! Thanks for a little validation to our hobby! 🙂
    And, good job Jim!!

    PS Ruth – I want that first yarn! Yummy!

  4. I also know these verses but hadn’t thought about them concerning knitting. Thanks for the insight.

  5. I’ve always liked Prov 31. What a great word and picture collage (if I may call it that).

  6. I LOVE it!

  7. Amen! I’ve always loved Proverbs 31. They are words to definitely live by for any woman (or any man) caring for a household.


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