This is my superhero belt! When I wear it, it will only give up the moola I’ve budgeted for our trip to Rhinebeck. It will draw me to only the most delicious and scrumptious yarns. It will block the lust for player yarn*. It will send out signals to fun interesting knitters to come visit. It will clear out the lines and rudeness. It is my superhero belt. Now, all I need is an outfit to match.
* Player yarn is yarn that talks a sweet talk until you succumb to its charms and bring it home. In the cruel light of morning, you wonder what in the world you saw in it.
A Divine Appointment
“He answered, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;’ and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” Luke 10:27 (NIV)
Every Memorial Day weekend my friend Karen and I travel with our families to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, for five days of rest and relaxation. We just cannot wait to dig our toes in the sand, take long walks on the beach, and enjoy the island’s incredible sunsets. Every trip is special, but this most recent trip stood above all others.
Karen and I ran to the local grocery. Feeding nine people for five days resulted in two carts overflowing with food and supplies. We approached the checkout lines looking for the shortest line. We chose a line with an older wo man without a cart. Apparently waiting on someone else, she motioned for us to go ahead of her. Moments later, a young woman scurried up pushing a crying child in a half-full cart. It was clear the older woman was frustrated that they now had to wait behind us, so we offered to give her back her place in line.
As the young woman and her child passed by me, my heart began to pound. I physically began to tremble. I felt God impressing upon my heart that Karen and I were to buy her groceries. I hesitated, but past experience caused me to obey. I tapped the young woman on the shoulder and spoke these exact words, “I know it sounds strange, but God told me that we are to buy your groceries.”
She graciously accepted with tears in her eyes, and then she and the older woman left. A few minutes later, the older woman returned to share an incredible story. The young woman was her daughter. Her name was Micah.
Micah’s husband had walked out on her and her young son a fe w months before. He had abused her for years before leaving. She could barely make ends meet and felt completely abandoned by everyone, especially God.
Days before this God-ordained meeting in the grocery story, Micah and her mother had prayed. Her mother prayed that God would draw Micah back into relationship with Him. Micah prayed, “God, if you are real, if you love me, show Yourself to me!” As her mother shared these words, it was a powerful moment. Micah, in the midst of her deepest sorrow and pain cried out to God for His Presence. Karen and I simply walked in the store that day to complete an ordinary task. And God crossed our paths at one point in time to show each of us He is active, involved, and OH SO REAL!
Yes, it was a great day for Micah. But what a day it was for Karen and me as well! Our obedience to the Lord’s prompting touched this woman’s life in such a powerful way that she KNEW He was real and had not abandoned her, and that He answers prayer. A divin e appointment … a day I will treasure forever.
Heavenly Father, Sovereign Lord, the Great I Am. Thank You that You have planned every day of our lives before we have lived a single day. Thank You that You speak into our lives today. Thank You that You invite us to join You in Your work. Father, give us opportunities to be Your hands and feet. Give us ears to hear and eyes to see the broken and hurting people all around us. Give us a heart of obedience. Give us boldness to speak. May all glory and honor and praise go to You. In Jesus’ Name Amen.
My life is speeding by, and I don’t like it one bit! Just keep that in mind as I write a very disjointed post today. Maybe if I go list style it won’t seem so thrown together. (It totally is, but I don’t want it to look like it is.) So, here we go.
1. I’ve been doing a little charity knitting:
Super Secret Project #1
2. By default I accomplished #49. The cable has been out since Friday. I know my boys have hated it, but I’m loving it. There is definitely more talking going on.
3. I love, love, love sales at Old Navy! I swung by on my lunch hour. I picked up two knit dresses for under $5 each. I picked up another two dresses for under $8 each and a shirt for $4. Sale shopping rocks!
4. I love Ravelry just as much! I ran out of my copper yarn half way down the sleeves. I just zipped over to Ravelry and found someone with the same color and dye lot. This was pretty neat because the yarn is about 3 years old. She got it in the mail the same day. As I type, it is winging its way over to me. Yea!
5. My little brother turned 28 years old this past Friday. He lost his phone, so I couldn’t call him. So, Happy Birthday little bro! I love you!
That is a little taste of the good things. There is many more dull or stressful or mundane or aggravating things going on, but I want to be a glass is half full kind of gal. I’m usually not, but I want to be. That is all.
1. My car is broke. It’s nothing serious. I just need to get a new battery. It’s been 6 years, so it is time.
2. Rhineback is coming up next. I try not to think about this often. I get so excited I can’t concentrate on anythign else.
3. Lately, things seem to be going way faster than normal. This is a good thing at work but bad at night and on the weekends.
4. My car is one of my favorite ‘hiding’ places.
5. What happened to personal space? – Seriously, when did we, as a whole, decide that it is acceptable behavior to stand so close to strangers? Three feet people! Give people three feet of personal space! I promise the line will not go faster by standing closer.
6. Being nice to Loathsome Lady at work is not impossible! – It’s just very, very hard!
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to finish cutting out triangles for the zig-zag quilt, tomorrow my plans include getting a new battery for my car and grocery shopping and Sunday, I want to finish up a knitted cowl for my needle worker’s group at church!
Is it wrong to secretly wish to get swine-flu just to get caught up on your life? Yes? I can’t help but feel this way. There so many projects I want to work on. There are definitely not enough hours in the day. Right now I’m working on now & hope to start soon:
- Finish getting all my triangles cut for my zig-zag quilt. I can’t wait to see this one finished. I also have ideas for at least three lap quilts.
- I want to start a lace cardigan from Knitty 2007, Oblique. Oh, my! I can’t stop thinking about it!
- I want to start my very own wrap.
- I need to make more progress on my super secret Christmas present.
- Hubby wants me to make more coasters. Apparently they make very good projectiles in his and Boy Child’s “wars.”
- Finish knitting and working out kinks in my super personal knee high sock pattern.
- Finish up purple silk shawl.
- Frog and find a replacement knit for super secret Christmas present #2.
- Sew shopping bags for Rhinebeck.
- Finish up a copper color cardigan. I ran out of yarn and had to order more. It came today. Unfortunately the dye lots are very different. (I purchased the first batch of yarn about 3 years ago.) All I have left is the sleeves from the elbow down and the neck & button band. I’m not sure what to do.
- I can finish it up and not be bothered by the slight color change.
- Make the cardi short sleeved and use the new yarn only as a button/neck band. I think it will be less noticeable.
- Frog the whole thing and use the yarn for a vest. What do you guys think?
I’ve also signed up for a Needle worker’s group at church. We have decided to knit and crochet hats and scarfs to go along with the other compassion ministries, especially those geared toward homeless women. I am the only one in the group who knows how to knit, so I am in the process of gathering up materials and teaching everyone the basics. I’ll also need to whip up some things for my group. I’m not too concerned about this though. It will be a great opportunity to use up the numerous bits of scrap yarn I have around the house. I’m hoping to whip some up, so I can finally have pictures to post.
I also had a chance to have lunch again with Mrs. S. The greatest part of our friendship is that we understand each other. We let each other be ourselves. It is great! She also likes my homemade laundry detergent. That makes me so happy!
Normally, I reserve the right to do nothing on my weekends. I contend that I work all week and that the weekend should be left alone. Most weekends I live by this rule; however, this past weekend got by me. I’m not sure how it happened. Looking back, I became one of those parents that book activities for their children every moment of every single day. Only I am both the mom and the child!
Saturday brought Mrs. S into my life. I got up early and went to check out the new Joanne Fabric store. It opened this past Friday, and I wanted to check it out. I made it over right as the store opened. I picked up some knit fabric in great fall colors. I have trouble finding dresses that are long enough to cover my tush. When I saw that I could make my own for $12, I couldn’t resist. I also snatched up a great blue and brown plaid to make a jumper. I can not wait for it to get cold so I can wear it!
Once Mrs. S made it to Birmingham, I dashed over to Anthropologie to help pick out scarves. I am a Genius at shopping for other people! I urged quite strongly that Mrs. S try on a sweater. Namely this one.
I love, love, love this sweater! Sadly, I can not wear this color green. I makes me look jaundice. Hopwever, with her great red hair and pale skin, it looks great on Mrs. S. Now, I know she only tried this on to please me, but I don’t care. She looked sooo good in it! She needed no convincing, and it was purchased with a smile.
After that, we made a quick trip to the LYS. Surprisingly, I purchased not a single skein or hank of yarn. Hubby was thrilled. I did pick up a new Rowan booklet. I did live a little through my shopping guru. She is a yarn shopping whirl wind! I am envious! She got some GREAT stuff!
Next, we made our way to P.F. Changs where I was treated to a great lunch. I’ve never had lettuce wraps before. Let me tell you something, I am addicted now! I have thought about those wraps not every second of the day because yarn takes that spot, but I think about it alot!
From there we made a stop at the pet store on behalf of Mrs. S’ new kitty Harry and back to Joanne Fabrics. We rounded off the visit with a trip to Starbuck’s for coffee and a little knitting. Oh.My.Word. The pumpkin spice latte was so good! I want one all the time now. You know, besides the lettuce wraps. Strange combo but it works for me. I, as usual, talked nonstop. I think I need to tape my lips shut on our next visit. It was such a great visit. I can’t wait for our Rhinebeck Trip! Yea!
My church has set up college style small groups that allows people with like interests and lives to study in groups together. Last I checked, there were 60+ groups to choose from. I decided on two!
9:00 – 10:30 am – New Testament Survey
11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Church
1:00 – 1:30 pm – lunch
1:30 – 2:30 pm – hanging out
2:30 – 4:30 pm – nap
5:00 – 5:30 pm – hanging out
5:30 – 7:00 pm – needlework group
7:00 pm – 12:00 am – computer, knitting, working on new quilt top
I got this in an e-mail and thought I would share.
I dreamed I had an interview with God.
“So you would like to interview me?” God asked.
“If you have the time,” I said.
God smiled. “My time is eternity… what questions do you have in mind for me?”
“What surprises you most about human kind?”
God answered… “That they get bored with childhood, they rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. That they lose their health to make money… and then lose their money to restore their health. That by thinking anxiously about the future, they forget the present, such that they live in neither the present nor the future. That they live as if they will never die… and die as though they had never lived.”
God’s hand took mine… and we were silent for a while.
And then I asked, “As a parent, what are some of life’s lessons you want your children to learn?”
“To learn they cannot make anyone love them. All they can do is let themselves be loved.
To learn that it is not good to compare themselves to others.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in those they love, and it can take many years to heal them.
To learn that a rich person is not who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that there are people who love them dearly, but simply do not yet know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it differently.
To learn that it is not enough that they forgive one another, but they must also forgive themselves.”
“Thank you for your time,” I said humbly. “Is there anything else you’d like your children to know?”
God smiled and said…“Just know that I am here. Always.”
Friday Fill-ins, Saturday edition:
1. I feel like this day never happened.
2. Reading is always fun.
3. Right now, I can hear these things: Hubby typing away on the computer and the rain blowing stuff onto the roof.
4. It’s a three day weekend and I’m glad I had today to catch up on sleep.
5. The last time I cut my hair short was a disaster.
6. I have no plans for this Labor day weekend.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include church, sewing & grocery shopping and Sunday Monday, I want to spend time with Hubby!
Finished project #2:
This is the Branching Cable Cardigan from Loop-d-Loop by Teva Durham Volume 5 SIGNATURE STYLE Collection. I used the yarn called for in the pattern, Granite by Loop-d-Loop. The yarn really is remarkable. It’s soft and light and fluffy just like a knitting with a cloud.
The pattern is very well written and easy to follow. The only problem I had was with fitting the sleeves into the body. The sleeve shaping is supposed to form a small saddle shoulder inset; however, my row gauge must have been way off, because the caps of my sleeves were too short. I really did not feel like pulling out the sleeves (you know having sewn them most of the way in), so I just added a couple more rows to the top before I sewed them in. This kinda fixed it. When I put it on, my shoulders kinda pull at the saddle. It is not the most flattering thing, but I’m going to try to live with it for awhile. I can always fix it later if it truly bothers me.
It needs a good blocking. I’m hoping it will relax a little once it has a bath. On the other hand, I’m really scared to do it. I’m afraid the yarn will loose its fluffy lightness if I do it. Sigh. Maybe I can wait for a braver knitter to try it first. I just hope they work quickly. I want to wear it to Rhinebeck.
September’s sweater is the Sidecar Jacket from Spud and Chloe. This pattern was purchased specifically because the gauge listed exactly matched what I was knitting up while working on the London Calling cardigan. And because the cables are wicked cool.
The yarn is Cascade 109 Bulky in color aubergine. I must say, the yarn was pretty basic. It worked up like the 220, of course, only thicker. Also, it improved immensely. I’m not sure why I’m always surprised what a good blocking can do. It does, though. Every single time!
The pattern is very clearly written. The only complaint I have is sewing the sleeves to the body. since you knit the body and sleeves from the bottom up, you have to knit a flat piece of knitting to round arm holes. It was not fun. I think I did a good job.
As you can see, I made a few modifications. First, I did not knit the two side lapels. I started knitting them, but they were coming out a little small. They looked funny, so I left them off. Second, I only knit two button holes instead of four. The plan was to sew the two remaining buttons to the front. However, I only had two that I liked, and I also liked it being more on the sweater side than on the jacket side. Third, like all patterns, I lengthened the sleeves. Overall, I really enjoyed knitting this. It took 15 days to finish. It would have been done quicker, but other projects got in the way; and it was put aside for several days. I would definitely recommend it.
Coming up: August’s sweater – Branching Cable Cardigan
Remember how I was whining last post about how I was going to have nothing to blog about? About how my family is so loving and supportive that they `gasp!` read my blog every day? About how certain members love getting handknits for Christmas every year? You know, my hardships. Well, the universe had a good laugh at me. Since then, I have finished not one, but two non-Christmas knits. And, I’m officially 28 days ahead of schedule on my knit-a-sweater-a-month goal. At this moment, both lack buttons; so tomorrow will see the official unvailing.
I just wanted to drop in and let everyone have a good chuckle at my expense. Though, there was an upside to that post, you know other than all the laughter. Bubblesknits over at Alabama Fiber Dreams suggested that I take super sneaky shots of all my Christmas knitting. I think that is a perfect idea! I think trying to take the photos without revealing anything will be so much fun I’ll end up knitting faster just to take a new one! Thanks for the great idea!
I am in love with these buttons! I think I may end up coming up with a new sweater that shows off some of these. Hmmm.