Wednesday, August 31, 2005


knitting and other odd thoughts: philisophizing

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think about it

Where has the year gone? Tomorrow is September. It seems like the year just began. September means fall and cooler weather and pretty leaves. Will one day make a difference? Will we wake up and find a pretty red leaf floating down? The year is growing old as it slides down to its waning days. Has it been good? Has it been bad? I think that depends on who you talk to. If you ask the new parent with the beautiful healthy newborn, they say it has been a good year. If you ask the residents of New Orleans, they would probably say it has been bad.

September comes in the morning.
The year has fled without warning.
What kind of year have you had?
Did you find good or did you find bad?


Here are the pictures from the previous post. They are my finished sock

and that sock on my foot.

The other picture is of preemie hat #4.

Isaiah 2:22Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?
Psalm 42:11 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
I started the enormous chore of sorting the sewing room last weekend with sorting my needles from the other stuff. I am not sure where to start with the yarn and other projects. I may have to clog the hall then reload the room. That may need to wait till this weekend. One of my goals is to be able to get my sewing machine back into the room and actually be able to use it there. It is currently on the kitchen table.

Don’t anyone faint! But I finished projects! Pictures are below. I finished my very first sock. It fits more like a slipper and that is fine with me. It was made on size 3 with Moda-Dea sassy stripes yarn in the color called swish. The true test will be if I actually make the other sock to go with it. The other was the fourth preemie hat. The hat is actually a really nice royal purple.

I started the bookmark again. It took me three times casting on to get to where I could actually knit on it. I only worked on it about an hour and am halfway thru the doily center part. Maybe I can finish it today. Who knows, that may give me a case of the good type of finish-itis.

It does not look like I will be able to get to the knit-out in Austin. DH kinda put the squash on that (although he would drive that far for a football game, he thinks it is too far to drive for a day of knitting). So, the DFW area one is the one I will be participating in. I am already thinking ahead to see what project I want to take with me to knit on.

My kitty loves to get into my husbands closet. If we do not see him around, that is the first place we check. Last night, we got home at about 11:00 and did not see him. I looked in the closet, and there he was. He had been in there about 6 hours. Boy was he ready for the litterbox and some food. DH is not crazy about cats (he tolerates them for my sake) so I think it is Chevy’s way to even the score by choosing his closet to hide in and his recliner to sleep on.

I finished the wool hat, for Afghans for Afghans, and since I was sure it was going to felt wonderfully, I did a small cell phone pocket out of the wool Friday night. It did not felt at all! In fact it softened to the place that if I had not done the burn test on the yarn, I would not think it was wool at all.

I tried to start the 3 hour wrap ( Saturday , but frogged it. I used Lion’s wool ease thick and quick, but it did not look right at all with a fun fur yarn. I think I will do the T&Q in some sort of a poncho (need to look thru the mags to find pattern). I think I will use the fur yarn with some sort of worsted weight on big needles for the hug (the fur will make it snuggly and using the worsted will make it wearable other than in the middle of winter). Today I am starting the shawl for my sister in law. It is just a simple garter stitch shawl in Red Heart Grande yarn. Very quick to do.

I found a pattern on for the hat I was trying to make for my dad. I will have to buy it in order to download it, so I will have to do that from home. She called it a bucket hat. I may look for a free pattern before I buy it though.

My questions for you as a consumer are:
1) Do you purchase a single pattern from a yarn shop if you see it and like it?..How often?
I do not remember having bought a pattern single. Not saying I would not, just that I have not. This may be due to my closest LYS being over an hour away.
2) Do you pass these buy in favor of a book that contains more patterns?
Yes, I prefer books. I am more of an impulse knitter, so books actually give me more inspiration than looking thru single patterns. I get most of my books either at half-price books or thru crafters choice book club.
3) What would you reasonably pay for a single pattern?
How much I would pay for a pattern depends on the quality and how much use I would get out of it.
4) Do you prefer to get free patterns on the internet and don't look at patterns to purchase a pattern at all? Rarely? Or will you purchase it if it screams, "MAKE ME!"
I love the free patterns, but many of them seem to be take offs of something else that I did not want to knit. I always check them first. I also look thru my magazines before looking for an additional pattern that would require a purchase.

Having said all of this, I definitely think that designers should be adequately paid for their work and that the price asked (first or second hand) should reflect the quality, difficulty, and experience of the designer. My “designing” of the hat pattern was a real eye opener as to the work that goes into even something as simple as a hat.

Monday, August 22, 2005

Good morning. I never made it to the knitting this weekend. Saturday, we goofed around the house then went to some friends’ house, grilled some dinner and goofed around in their new pool. Sunday, after church, I took a nap then went to Wal-mart and bought plastic drawers to sort my yarn. I cannot walk thru the “sewing” room for all of the yarn in there and since I want to start on Christmas presents soon, I need to see what is there.

My favorite books from my childhood were the Happy Hollister’s or the Triplets. I also enjoyed reading biographies (The Story of …….) also known as the signature series books. I collect children’s books. I just finished re-reading “Little Women” and started the next book in that series “Little Men”. I plan to read the entire set, in order. I had forgotten how interesting they were.

I finished the petal hat. The picture is below. I did this in the round and it looks like a preemie to newborn size of hat. Size 4 needles all the way in DK weight yarn. I think I have time to make one more wool hat before I need to send them off. I think I am going to try a size between the two I have already made. Once I finish the hats, I need to get started on Christmas presents. I have a shawl for my SIL to make plus what ever for the others. There is no use in planning the projects till I get some sorting done in the craft/sewing room.

I finally cast on for the third wool hat. The yarn I am using is unlabeled, but the lot from ebay that I bought it in stated all was 100% wool. It does not feel like any of the other wool yarn I have used. I did the “burn test” and it is indeed wool.

2 Tim 1:12 - For I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005


I know, it is quite the shock, but yes, I did complete something. The first picture is the preemie hats. The one is not blue, but a beautiful shade of purple with white stripes.

Next up is the wool hat I have been working on, by itself and with the other hat to show the difference in size.

Then there is the double knitting I started.

Do I have to consider it a WIP since it is just an experiment??

Friday, August 12, 2005

knitting and crocheting

knitting and crocheting

Good morning. Thankfully the blister is on the ring finger of my right hand, so it did not interfere with my knitting (I use the first or middle finger for tension). I have about 2 inches done on the wool hat. I am making a smaller version of the ribbed hat. We will have to see how it comes out. I plan to do the petal hat in the round. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit. I still crochet on occasion; in fact am faster at crocheting than I am at knitting. I even have one crochet WIP (that should not surprise any of you!) which is a bath mat made from rug yarn.

Psalm 103:22 - Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everywhere in his kingdom. As for me--I, too, will praise the LORD.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

not too busy


Good afternoon. Today is finally not too busy. We have had system problems this week, so it has been very busy here. Last night, we worked on the rental house as there is someone who may be interested in looking at it. I did yard work and wore a blister on my finger. DH worked on the AC unit, found that it needs to be serviced. That was supposed to have been done before the sale was complete. Grrrrr. Hopefully our A/C guy can get to it pretty soon. At least it is making anyone live in a hot place. I guess that will mean putting off the painting for a little while longer since we have to spend the money on A/C. The summer heat has taken its toll on the landscaping over there. All in good time it will get better.

I went to the Denton knitters meeting Tuesday night. I really enjoyed myself and want to keep going. While I was there, I bought the INKnitters magazine. They have one shawl in there that is really nice looking. I have been reading thru the instructions and am not sure I understand them. They also have a lacy scarf in there that looks like it would be really nice to make.

I put the preemie hat on the DP as it was a little too small for the circ ( I was constantly adjusting the stitches) and started another child’s hat on the circ. I hope to get it done quickly as I want to be able to send it to the Afghans for Afghans hat project. I think I will keep a preemie hat on the needles so I will always have a mindless project to work on. I enjoy the double knitting, but I can only do a couple of rows at a time as my left hand is not used to the two handed knitting. I will try to remember to take a picture of it for all of you. I plan to start the petal hat as soon as I get one of these hats I am making now off of the needle.

Psalm 103:1-5 Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits- who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Quick Note


Quick note. I have had a very busy day. I still plan to go to the Denton knit thing at Barnes and Noble. I figure it is the only way I will have any knitting time today. I tried to work on my double knitting last night, but the color changes are really bugging me. So till tomorrow..

Psalm 147:11 - The Lord's delight is in those who honor him, those who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Monday, August 08, 2005

It was a good weekend


Good morning. I actually had time to knit this weekend. I did 4 rows on my lace tablecloth. I did not have my good cable needed at home, so I had to use a dp for that. I wanted to do more, but the dp was too awkward. It is in my purse to be taken home today. I have no idea why it was here at work. Once I had to put that away, I worked on the bulky sweater and got the third piece up to the armholes. One more piece on that and I can do the shoulder sections. I watched Knitty Gritty (,2044,DIY_18180,00.html) on Saturday and was fascinated by the double knitting. So yesterday, I charted a simple heart and found some contrasting yarn and started. I have done about 10 rows and it seems to be going fairly well. I have almost mastered the two handed knitting style and seem to be changing colors almost ok. I did notice some loose parts at the color change. It is definitely not for beginners or the faint of heart. It looks like it would be a good technique to use to make potholders since things come out so thick.

I think I spent the rest of the weekend sleeping!! We did not even leave the property on Saturday we were both so tired from going to convention. All in all, it was a very good weekend.

Our last night at convention was Friday. Kenneth spoke and tied together the things we had heard during the week. I have not heard a report from Saturday, but I am sure it was great.

Deut 6:4-5 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.

Matt 22: 36-40 - Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?" Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."

Friday, August 05, 2005

Staff Day


I knitted about an inch on preemie hat #3 yesterday. My body is tired from all of the sitting and walking this week. I think I will sleep a lot tomorrow morning.

We have not smelled the skunk too much the past couple of days, so hopefully that means it has moved on.

Convention is almost over. Yesterday was staff day and was a blessing. The thing that I remember most from yesterday was the admonition to not quit. Remember that Joseph, while he was sitting in the prison in Egypt, did not know he was getting ready to be brought out and made the second most powerful person in all of Egypt. He did not know this even 15 minutes before it happened. So if we give up, we may be quitting just a few minutes before everything changes for the better.

Jesse talked about the difference between materialism and manifestation. Manifestation acknowledges God as the source, where materialism gains by the misfortunes of others.

Creflo talked more about true prosperity and how we should have the attitude toward God of “I love you, therefore I am willing to obey your word and not my will”.

Last night Jerry talked about the hand of God. It references either his power expressed in judgment or expressed in blessing. True prosperity includes when the evil one has restored what has been stolen from us.
Colossians 1:9-12 - So we have continued praying for you ever since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you a complete understanding of what he wants to do in your lives, and we ask him to make you wise with spiritual wisdom. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and you will continually do good, kind things for others. All the while, you will learn to know God better and better. We also pray that you will be strengthened with his glorious power so that you will have all the patience and endurance you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father, who has enabled you to share the inheritance that belongs to God's holy people, who live in the light.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Happy are the People whose God is the Lord

convention thoughts

I finished the second of the preemie/newborn hats for the charity crafting week. It was so small I had to work it on dpn. The only ones I could find in my collection in that size that I liked were 10 inches long. It really looked silly having such long needles for such a small project. I have started the third hat, but am trying to do it on the small circ.
Convention is going great, Creflo spoke last night on the 8 steps to prosperity. Tonight is Jesse. It should be wonderful as well.
Psalm 144:12-15 - May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace! May our farms be filled with crops of every kind! May the flocks in our fields multiply by the thousands, even tens of thousands, and may our oxen be loaded down with produce! May there be no breached walls, no forced exile, no cries of distress in our squares!
Yes, happy are those who have it like this! Happy indeed are those whose God is the Lord!

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

prosperous thoughts

prosperous thoughts

Last night, we discovered we have a problem with POLECAT!!! Yuck! I got home at about 11:00 and saw a figure with a flashlight and a shotgun roaming around the front of the house. When I got out of the car, I smelled it quite strongly. The smell of it woke me up this morning too. I hope the dogs can stay clear of the thing. I would hate to make them spend the night in the garage.

Let’s see, what else…..oh knitting, what this post is supposed to be about. All I have to report is a few rows on preemie hat #2.

Convention is going great. We are studying true prosperity. It is truly stirring up my memory of things I have heard. My desire is to grow in the Word this week.

True prosperity: “The God given ability to use His supernatural power to meet any need in life overwhelmingly” -- Kenneth Copeland.

John 10:10 a few different ways.
- I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
- I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.
- I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Monday, August 01, 2005

Convention Time!!

Convention Time

I did get a little knitting time this weekend. I finished my first newborn/preemie hat for the charity craft week and started on the second. I am using a very simple pattern from the lion brand site and Plymouth Dreambaby yarn left over from one the hats for my dad. The yarn is very, very soft and looks like it will go a long way on these tiny hats.

Convention is here! I hope to go every night and will be there all day on Thursday. Check it out at or and click on watch. I will write more about this thru the week.

Jeremiah 33:10-11 Yet in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are deserted, inhabited by neither men nor animals, there will be heard once more the sounds of joy and gladness, the voices of bride and bridegroom, and the voices of those who bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord, saying, "Give thanks to the Lord Almighty, for the Lord is good; His love endures forever." For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were before,' says the Lord.