Knit Lit

Hello

So, it’s been over a month since my last post.  Wow.  I have to be honest.  Posting has completely fallen off my radar.  Boy child’s school work, plays, sewing costumes for the plays, soccer practice, soccer games, laundry and a myriad of other things have gotten in the way.  Having said that, the school year is almost over; and I hope that once some of the obligations of childhood have gone away with the school year, I will be able to devote more attention here.  There has been a good bit of knitting and yarn activity that I would love to share.  If you will hang with me a little longer, I would be much obliged.

Until then, I’ll flash a little stash.

May 5, 2010 Posted by | Stash, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I Love Maxine

Let me get this straight……we’re just passed a health care plan written by a committee whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it, passed by a Congress that hasn’t read it but exempts themselves from it.  To be signed by a president that also hasn’t read it and who smokes, with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes, all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese, and financed by a country that’s broke.
What the hell could possibly go wrong?

March 28, 2010 Posted by | Election/Politics, Random | 2 Comments

Because I’m having a bad day…

I thought I would share the one thing that is keeping me together today, another e-mail from Mom:

God’s cake…  

 
Sometimes we wonder, ‘What did I do to deserve this?’ or ‘Why did God have to do this to me?’ Here is a wonderful explanation!

A daughter is telling her Mother how everything is going wrong, she’s failing algebra, her boyfriend broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.

Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the daughter says, ‘Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.’

‘Here, have some cooking oil,’ her Mother offers.

Yuck,’ says her daughter

‘How about a couple raw eggs?’

‘Gross, Mom!’

‘Would you like some flour then? Or maybe baking soda?’

‘Mom, those are all yucky!’

To which the mother replies: ‘Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves. But when they are put together in the right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! ‘


God works the same way.  Many times we wonder why He would let us go through such bad and difficult times.  But God knows that when He puts these things all in His order, they always work for good!  We just have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all make something wonderful!

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Our country is filling up with overracting babies

So, apparently the good e-mail gene has been passed to my brother.

SCHOOL — 1958 vs. 2008

Scenario:
Jim goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with
shotgun in gun rack.

1958 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jim’s shotgun, goes to his
car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
 

2008 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jim hauled off to jail
and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.

Scenario:
Sean and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1958 – Crowd gathers. Sean wins. Mark and Sean shake hands and end up
buddies.

2008 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Mark and Sean. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Mark started it.

Scenario:
Bob won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1958 – Bob sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal.
Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2008 – Bob given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for
ADD. School gets extra money from state because Bob has a disability.

Scenario:
Chris breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a
whipping with his belt.

1958 – Chris is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to
college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2008 – Chris’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Chris removed to foster
care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Chris’s sister that she
remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Chris’s mom has
affair with psychologist.

Scenario:
Phil gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1958 – Phil shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2008 – Police called, Phil expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario:
Pedro fails high school English.

1958 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2008 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for
graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system
and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro
given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot
speak English.

Scenario:
Geoff takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a
model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1958 – Ants die.

2008 – BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Geoff charged with domestic
terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home,
computers confiscated, Geoff’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never
allowed to fly again.

Scenario:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is
found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny under goes 5 years of therapy.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Random | 3 Comments

Love, Socks & Bread

Okay. So I’ve been a bad little knitblogger.  I’m sorry.  It seems like I can’t keep my life organized lately.  All that mental energy needs to be devoted to work.  That is all I can manage.  As penance, I’ll try to catch you guys up on things that have been going on lately.

 

Do you remember making Valentine’s mail boxes in grade school.  You know, the ones you set on your desk and watched like a hawk hoping that guy would put a card in it?  ‘Cause if he did, you were like “going out.”  Remember?  Well, Boy Child needed to make one for his class’ party, and Hubby decided it would be a great family project.

 

It was so much fun!  I’d forgotten how much I enjoy making school projects.

 

I finished Grandmamma’s very first pair of hand knit socks.

 

I finally took photos of them, and mailed them off.  I received a call from her the other day. She loves them, and I couldn’t be more happy!

 

I finally broke down and bought myself a bread maker.  I wanted to try all the goodies out, so I made the basic recipe that comes with the instruction book.

 

It came out well.  Too bad we don’t eat white bread.  My luck since then has not been great.  I’ve made attempted to make whole wheat bread three times.  It did not go so well.  I was so upset I didn’t even take a picture.  I did make cinnamon swirl bread.  Boy child loved it & gobbled up two whole loaves.  Hubby spit his out.  Sigh.  I’m starting to wonder if I made a mistake.  I’m going to give it a couple more tries using recipes from this book.  I’m hoping it is just user error.  I love the smell and taste of fresh baked bread.  I also want to save a few $$ and I like knowing what is going into my food.

 

Much more to come … later.

February 24, 2010 Posted by | Books, Boy Child, Cooking, Events, Family, Finished, Knitting | 3 Comments

Disappointment

For the first time since I have been knitting, my disappointment with Interweave Knits overwhelms me.  I saw a few patterns from the Spring 2010 issue pop up on Ravelry, so I clicked over to their website to take a look.  Now, to be fair, I love IK’s website.  I appreciate the extra photos that show all sides to the knit.  For some reason, I prefer photos to the video Vogue Knitting does; but I’m strange that way and is beside the point.  As I was scrolling through, my mouth dropped open.  There is not one patter I would knit.  Not. One. Pattern.  I expect this from Vogue, but not IK.  Oh the disappointment!

The Ringlet Tank is okay.  So is the Tissue Cardigan.  But nothing jumps out at me as “have to knit.”   Even worse, I can think of a bunch of knits in my queue that I’m more excited about. Like the Gallery Jacket (Rav link), Pintuck Tee (Rav link), or the Man’s Cable Cardigan (scroll down under Boy Meets Purl, the brown one on the left).  Maybe the articles will be outstanding.  Or maybe, I will grow to love the new patterns after my infatuation with other things recedes.  That does happen with me, so only time will tell.

To end on a happier note, I can tell you what doesn’t disappoint – SNOW!  I LOVE snow!  I love snow so much that even the mention of snow flurries gets me excited.  Here in Alabama, snow is an anomaly, so the recent abundance is cause for celebration to me.  I love looking at it.  I love watching it fall.  I love how it makes everything look pretty.  I love, love, love snow!  I’ll even go as far to hope it keeps up for awhile longer.  I LOVE SNOW!

February 16, 2010 Posted by | favorites, Knitting, Magazines | 5 Comments

Rowan Knitting and Crochet Magazine 47

Who knew I was so girly.

February 1, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment

My mom & e-mail forwards

I don’t know how she does it, but my mom gets some of the best e-mail forwards. 

* from Power Line – America Rising

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Election/Politics | 2 Comments

Recent Virginia Church Service – Stimulus Sermon

My mom sent this e-mail to me the other day.  Because I agree whole heartedly, I thought I would share.

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Genesis 47:13-27 

I would love to give the Pastor of this church in Virginia a hug and a high five. This guy is obviously a leader.  Perhaps we should each decide who our real leader is.  It is amazing to see that very little has changed in 4,000 years. 

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Good morning, brothers and sisters; it’s always a delight to see the pews crowded on Sunday morning, and so eager to get into God’s Word. Turn with me in your Bibles, if you will to the 47th chapter of Genesis, we’ll begin our reading at verse 13, and go through verse 27.  Brother Ray, would you stand and read that great passage for us? …..(reading)….. 

Joseph and the Famine

 13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. 14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is used up.”

 16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses, their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.

 18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”

 20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, [a] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

 23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”

 25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”

 26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.

 27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.

Thank you for that fine reading, Brother Ray. So we see that economic hard times fell upon  Egypt, and the people turned to the government of Pharaoh to deal with this for them. And Pharaoh nationalized the grain harvest, and placed the grain in great storehouses that he had built. So the people brought their money to Pharaoh, like a great tax increase, and gave it all to him willingly in return for grain. And this went on until their money ran out, and they were hungry again. 

So when they went to Pharaoh after that, they brought their livestock – their cattle, their horses, their sheep, and their donkey – to barter for grain, and verse 17 says that only took them through the end of that year.  But the famine wasn’t over, was it? So the next year, the people came before Pharaoh and admitted they had nothing left, except their land and their own lives.

“There is nothing left in the sight of my lord but our bodies and our land. Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we with our land will be servants to Pharaoh.” So they surrendered their homes, their land, and their real estate to Pharaoh’s government, and then sold themselves into slavery to him, in return for grain.

What can we learn from this, brothers and sisters?  That turning to the government instead of to God to be our provider in hard times only leads to slavery?  Yes.

That the only reason government wants to be our provider is to also become our master? Yes. 

But look how that passage ends, brothers and sisters! Thus  Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen .. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly.” God provided for His people, just as He always has! They didn’t end up giving all their possessions to government, no, it says they gained possessions!

But I also tell you a great truth today, and an ominous one. We see the same thing happening today – the government today wants to “share the wealth “once again, to take it from us and redistribute it back to us. It wants to take control of healthcare, just as it has taken control of education, and ration it back to us, and when government rations it, then government decides who gets it, and how much, and what kind. And if we go along with it, and do it willingly, then we will wind up no differently than the people of Egypt did four thousand years ago – as slaves to the government, and as slaves to our leaders. 

What Mr. Obama’s government is doing now is no different from what Pharaoh’s government did then, and it will end the same. And a lot of people like to call Mr. Obama a “Messiah,” don’t they? Is he a Messiah? A savior? Didn’t the Egyptians say, after Pharaoh made them his slaves, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh”?  Well, I tell you this – I know the Messiah; the Messiah is a friend of mine; and Mr. Obama is no Messiah! No, brothers and sisters, if Mr. Obama is a character from the Bible, then he is Pharaoh. 

Bow with me in prayer, if you will. “Lord, You alone are worthy to be served, and we rely on You, and You alone. We confess that the government is not our deliverer, and never rightly will be. We read in the eighth chapter of 1 Samuel, when Samuel warned the people of what a ruler would do, where it says “And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.” And Lord, we acknowledge that day has come. We cry out to you because of the ruler that we have chosen for ourselves as a nation. Lord, we pray for this nation. We pray for revival, and we pray for deliverance from those who would be our masters. Give us hearts to seek You and hands to serve You, and protect Your people from the atrocities of Pharaoh’s government. In God We Trust.”

Amen.

January 26, 2010 Posted by | Faith | 6 Comments

Knitter’s Prayer

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Knitters, Random, Uncategorized | 1 Comment