Therese by Betsy Shamine


September 2011
Worsted (9 wpi) ?
17 stitches and 27 rows = 4 inches
in Seed Stitch
US 4 - 3.5 mm
70 yards (64 m)
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The intentionally placed bare threads and holes knit into an otherwise beautiful dishcloth are there to remind us, similar to St. Therese’s chipped jug, to offer up our little sacrifices (like wiping down the counter) with great love.

The dishcloth wrapper (second picture) is included with the pattern. It makes a lovely presentation for a special gift!

“To return to the lessons which Our Lord taught me. One evening after Compline I searched in vain for our lamp on the shelves where they are kept, and as it was the time of the “Great Silence,” I could not recover it. I guessed rightly that a Sister, believing it to be her own, had taken it; but just on that evening I had counted much on doing some work, and was I to spend a whole hour in the dark on account of this mistake? Without the interior light of grace I should undoubtedly have pitied myself, but, with that light, I felt happy instead of aggrieved, and reflected that poverty consists of being deprived not only of what is convenient, but of what is necessary. And, in this exterior darkness, I found my soul illuminated by a brightness that was divine.
At this time I was seized with a craving for whatever was ugly and inconvenient: and was thus quite pleased when a pretty little jug was taken from our cell and a large chipped one put in its place. I also tried hard not to make excuses, but I found this very difficult, especially with our Mistress; from her I did not like to hide anything”
St. Therese’s Story of a Soul