Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Yarn Along, October 15

This week I am continuing to work on a few little Poppy hats that I think are really cute.  The style makes me smile.  
I'm {still} reading North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson a little at a time.  We just finished North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell over at CraftLit and I recommend you go listen to it now that it's finished and in the library!  I'm deep in the throes of The Woman in White in the CraftLit library, and I'm puzzling over why it isn't a better known book.  I'd never even heard of it and while I'm not the most literary person in the world, classic literature isn't an area in which I'm a complete dummy!  It's excellent. 

I finished my Shalom cardigan and it's so cozy now that the weather has just finally turned to fall!  For some reason the right front is longer than the left which is inconceivable since there should be no difference whatsoever and I was very careful in lining up the buttons but maybe not careful enough.  I'm blocking it now and seeing if that makes any kind of difference.  If not, I'll try realigning the buttons because you can see that the front isn't quite even in spite of my best attempt.  At any rate, I love it in this heavy bulky (repurposed) cotton yarn!

And just for fun... here's what my guest bed looks like most of the fall and winter.  With many handknits come many hours of drying flat!  Many of these knits are from my mom and I love seeing all the variety all spread out together!

 Joining up with the Yarn Along gals over at Ginny's blog!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Autumn Glimpses

Just a few fall happenings.  Applesauce season!  Fall leaves with wax paper and crayons!  Kingdom Kids!  Even rain all afternoon today.  Fall arrived yesterday and today, I think.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Yarn and Fair Fun


 I couldn't help but add a few fair pictures from a couple weeks ago to this post. That little imp, the one making cheesy faces in every picture - yep, that's her almost all day every day lately.  She keeps me and her sisters laughing and smiling and we are still so in love with that little munchkin!  She's growing into such a kid and I mean, really, I bet you want to kiss those little cheeks about as much as I do. 

But I digress.  On my needles this week I cast on a little garden of Poppies (Poppy pattern by Justine Turner) that I think are going to be adorable.  The blue is Skacel Simplicity and the white is Cascade Superwash in a creamy white color.  

Ooooh, I ordered these buttons from RetroNaNa's Etsy shop to finish out Lyddie's Bulle so it will be ready for her birthday in November. I was so hoping the colors would be true to the picture online and I gasped when they came and I put the buttons together with the sweater and they were the exact colors I was hoping for - the blue is the exact color of the little peek-a-boo pockets I included.  This is what I want from buttons I add to finished projects - something that just totally completes it.  I am so picky about buttons which is unfortunate because my funding for buttons is rather limited, but these were really affordable if you ask me.  I only need to use two and would love input on which two to use - one goes at the back of the neck and one goes at the waistline.  I'm considering one of the Little Reds and the house or the wolf.  What would you do?

Fabric Button, Fridge Magnets, Animal Magnet, Covered Button, Riley Blake Little Red Riding Hood buttons,  Animal Buttons, Flat Back, 1" 5's
(photo credit goes to RetroNana, I just borrowed it from her site since I haven't had a chance to take a photo yet.) 

I am still listening to a few books via CraftLit:  This Friday should see the end of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell and I am plowing through The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins, which has me totally in its grip.  What a great mystery!  I am also reading North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson and The Last Battle by C.S. Lewis a very little bit at a time but the beauty of audiobooks is that they can just come along with me on my chores during the afternoon rest time or after the girls go to bed in the evening.

My evening knitting entertainment has been varied lately since a lot of great shows just became available on Netflix and Jesse and love to enjoy a good show together.  Gilmore Girls was just added so we're able to watch the second season now.  We are also watching a Korean show called Secret Garden that is so so fun, and a really incredible anime series that is set in a post-apocalyptic world with giant and mysterious Titans, called, of course, Attack on Titan.  Check them out!

Looking forward to seeing what others are doing this week and joining, as always! with Ginny for Yarn Along

Saturday, October 04, 2014

No Reason

When the news from overseas proves a little too hard to bear even with a quiet turning down of the head in silence, what is there to do?

When she peeks at her sleeping babies piled with blankets and knows that many faraway Someones lost their babies today, what response can a woman have as she turns again to that machine filled with signs of a full and messy life?  And the sorrow hangs heavy like the the dripping shirts and mismatched socks on the line and the sun sets in red and splendor the world over but that same sunset is not so quiet everywhere. 

And even a short way down the road, in the house with the children who don't have enough to eat or enough to wear and where is the Father who clothes the daisies when the children hurt?

He whispers, "This is not the way it is meant to be."  

His voice echoes through the ages: "It is very good," but that statement crashes loudly into the seeping stench of selfish ambition and evil pride with every news flash.  

But she reads this incredible picture of a Father's love even to the rebellious who have hated Him:  

"When Israel was a child, I loved him and out of Egypt I called my son... 

it was I who taught Ephraim to walk; I took them up by their arms, but they did not know that I healed them.  

I led them with cords of kindness, with the bands of love, and I became to them as one who eases the yoke on their jaws, and I bent down to them and fed them."  
(Hosea 11:1-4)

He is a God of love and He can be trusted to care tenderly for the suffering even when her hands hang helpless at her sides.

So she lingers on this and teaches this to those in her care in word and deed so that when it's time to bend down to feed the hungry, they will all take up the spoon as their weapon.  So when the time comes to follow God's call in the world their hearts will be open and tender to the brokenhearted and the wounded and the oppressed and that they would remind each other of His love for them and all His children.  So they will have courage and joy and love that has no reason or answer but Christ.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Yarn Along, October 1

Well, my friends, I finished my Shalom - all except for buttons which I still need to decide on.  I am suddenly looking at the picture here and thinking a dark gray might be what I want instead of the wood buttons I was imagining initially. One day soon I will get buttons and have my dear husband snap some pictures of me in it.  I love it this cardigan.  It is long and springy and warm and will be a go-to knit for this winter since I love that it is short-sleeved and will just pop over a long sleeved top comfortably. 

Next up:  I have been thinking way too hard about what project to tackle next and decided on my first pair of socks in a long time.  I ordered some yarn from Knit Picks (and an Elizabeth Zimmermann book 40% off!) which probably won't be here for a couple weeks so in the meantime I may go back to my cobweb lace shawl that I really almost would rather frog in favor of a new pattern for yarn that I love. We'll see.

Written words:  I'm reading North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson.  It's great, what can I say?  Read it!  I'm listening to North and South on Craftlit and the archived podcasts for The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins because I just can't wait a whole week between the live podcasts for North and South.  Wow, The Woman in White is so fun to listen to - Wilkie Collins really knows how to write intriguing and intense characters!   I think very little action has actually take place but I'm totally gripped by the storyline and relationships, knowing something is looming ahead but flummoxed about the details of the looming thing.  I am also reading The Last Battle- the final book in the Chronicles of Narnia.  I can't even remember this one even though I know I have read it before, so it's a bit like reading an entirely new book.  I can't believe how much darker and more sinister the evil in it feels than the other books and I'm certain I didn't pick up on that when I was young and read it.  Something about aging and knowing more about the darkness in our world makes me feel it that much more and I imagine I will spend a good portion of the latter half of the book in tears which might be awkward because this book lives in the bathroom for those few minutes I can escape into Narnia each day until fingers crawl under the bathroom door and I hear "Mommyyyyyy I see your feeeeeet!!"

And then, just for fun, some pictures of my munchkins since my time has been too short to keep up well here the past couple of weeks!

Follow me over to Ginny's to celebrate yarn and the joy of knitting!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Joy Planted

Little one.  You entered the world and I almost lost my life.  No one wanted to quite say that, but it was true.  Your arrival was paired with the most terrifying experience of all my years, that hospital stay where my skin puffed up and too much blood was pumping through my veins and I wrestled with The Fear and He won over my soul once again. 

So we planted Joy right in the middle of your name because we knew that you would plant joy right in the middle of our lives.

Your little life built up like building blocks, day after long day learning to know and love your enormous soul in a still-tiny body. The responsibility to shepherd an eternal soul is so heavy to bear - too heavy to bear - without that ancient covenant promise that God's children can rely on Him to pass the promises to our own children. 


On that special day this week, our pastor, Chris, preached that Christ renewed everything of the old into something new and better.  Christ, he said, is like Pharaoh's royal daughter who, after drawing Moses out of the water, went to her father the King and said "THIS one is mine."  In the same way, Christ goes to our Father and says the same over us, and also to the one who is called the accuser, He says, "This one is MINE, you cannot touch a hair of her head without my permission."  Trust Him, little one.  Listen with ears of faith when He calls.  He will never leave you or forsake you and He pursues you with His love.  

So, my dearest darling little Rosemary Joy, I looked on with great hope and comfort in the promise of the covenant to me and to you as water streamed down your hair.  Though you will fall and fail and sorrow in this life, I trust Him to carry you into His Kingdom as His child. Though you will know suffering - it is promised, after all - I trust Him to lift your spirit with the joy of His salvation as He delights in you and sings over you as His beloved child in Christ.  May you walk with Him all the days of your life, may I teach you to know the deepest things of the gospel that I can, and may I never fail to point you to His saving grace at the cross.  Plant true joy in Him everywhere you go.