23 November, 2014

David's Prayer of Thanksgiving

1 Chronicles 29:10-20
English Standard Version

David Prays in the Assembly

10 Therefore David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly. And David said:
“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of Israel our father, forever and ever.

 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.

12 Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. 13 And now we thank you, our God, and praise your glorious name.

14 “But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. 15 For we are strangers before you and sojourners, as all our fathers were. Our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no abiding. 16 O Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a house for your holy name comes from your hand and is all your own. 17 I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.

18 O Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, our fathers, keep forever such purposes and thoughts in the hearts of your people, and direct their hearts toward you. 19 Grant to Solomon my son a whole heart that he may keep your commandments, your testimonies, and your statutes, performing all, and that he may build the palace for which I have made provision.” 

20 Then David said to all the assembly, “Bless the Lord your God.”

And all the assembly blessed the Lord, the God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and paid homage to the Lord and to the king.

13 August, 2014

p r o f i l e s




Samantha and Glory turned "one" ... and we had lots of fun at their birthday party!!!



04 August, 2014

microwave heat pack

My husband has plantar faciitis.  Heat on the outer calf muscle feels good at the end of the day.  So I wanted to sew a customized pack for him.  After researching the subject on the internet, this is what seemed to best fit our needs...

Popcorn for filling (our local Sprouts Farmers Market sells popcorn in the bulk foods section.)  I purchased 4# of bulk popcorn and had plenty left over for snacks.

Cotton ticking for the cover (tightly woven and durable.) 

Preparing the popcorn:

Spread 2-1/2 to 3 cups of uncooked popcorn in an open microwave-safe dish (I used an 8" x 8" x 2" glass pyrex dish.) 

Heat in microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.  Cool.  Repeat.

(The bag I made was large and required 5 cups altogether so I heated up a second batch.)

It's also a good idea to microwave a swatch of the cover fabric to be certain that it is microwave safe.

Crush several dried bayleaves and sprinkle over the popcorn (pleasant fragrance and critter-deterrent, apparently.)

Preparing your snack:
Place 2 heaping tablespoons of popcorn in a small paper bag.  Fold the top over several times.  Heat in microwave on high for about 2 minutes.  Now you have a snack to enjoy while sewing the cover.

The cover:

Decide what size you'd like your pack to be.  My dh wanted the finished pack to be 8" x 14" with 3 sections.  Form follows function.

So I cut the fabric 8-1/2" x 28-1/2"; folded piece in half with right sides facing, stitched up the two side seams, turned it inside out, pressed a hem along the open edge, top stitched the three sides to reinforce and lightly marked the sections with pencil lines.

Stitch along the first pencil line, leaving about a 2" opening.  Double stitch for reinforcement.  Fill with 1-1/2 cups of popcorn.

Finish sewing along the line to the edge.  Repeat for the second and third sections.
For this pack I filled the two outside sections with 1-1/2 cups each and the center section with 2 cups.  By sectioning it this way the pack is moldable and stays where it's most needed.  In this case, on the calf muscle and down each side.  This is also a good design for the shoulder.  Stays put.

There should be enough moisture removed from the popcorn by having pre-heated it in that uncovered dish so that it will not pop even though it's encased now.  We usually find 60 seconds on high is a comfortable temperature.  But test to see what works for you.

14 March, 2014

Asymmetrically Wrapped

I was looking to knit a simple, multi-purpose wrap that could be worn over the shoulders, as a cowl, as a kerchief, wrapped/looped/tied, under a coat, over a sweater ... a "practical" piece of a bright color that "pops."  There's nothing fancy in the design of it; just in the possibilities for its use.
For the wrapped stitch repeat, cast on multiple of 4:
  • row 1  [WR2, k2] repeat to end of row
  • row 2  purl to the end of the row
  • row 3  [k2, WR2] repeat to end of row
  • row 4  purl to the end of the row
k:  knit

WR2:  (wrap two stitches) With yarn in front, slip 2 stitches from the lefthand needle to the righthand needle; pass the yarn between the needles to the back; slip the 2 stitches back onto the lefthand needle; knit these two stitches.

Caution:  Only knit this up if you find wrapping endless stitches a relaxing experience!!!
32" US#4 (3.5mm) circular needles
Two skeins of sock yarn/fingering weight (about 650 yards)
Finished blocked measurements:  82" x 65" x 47"  (Remember:  asymmetrical)
Cast on 180 stitches.  (Since I knew I would use two skeins of yarn, I did a longtail cast on using both skeins and then released the second skein at a 7" cut to weave in later.)
Odd numbered rows are right side.
Even numbered rows are wrong side.
Set-up row 1:  Knit across
Set-up row 2:  Purl across
Row 1:  [WR2, k2] across
Row 2:  Purl 2 together, purl across (one stitch descreaed)
Row 3:  [k2, WR2] across
Row 4:  Purl 2 together, purl across (one stitch decreased)
Each Right Side row will begin with either wrap 2 or knit 2.
When you get to the end of the row and 1, 2, 3 or 4 stitches remain after the last wrapped 2, simply knit them.  In other words, do not wrap your last 2 stitches ... it makes for a prettier edge to the wingspan. 
Continue in this manner, decreasing one stitch at the beginning of every other row (the purl rows) until 2 stitches remain.  Purl those two stitches together.

Weave in all ends. Wet block. (No need for pins or blocking wires ... just "shape" your triangle with your hands on a flat surface and air dry.)


13 March, 2014

c o w l

knit up with the handspun

12 March, 2014

h a n d s p u n

100% merino; 600yds 3-ply.

10 March, 2014


But as for me, the nearness of God is my good.  I have made the LORD God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.  (Ps 73:28)

24 October, 2013

"How beautiful are the feet...

... of those who bring good news of good things!"
'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
and grace will lead me home  (John Newton)

8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.  (Ephesians 2:8-9)

October 11, 2013
Bergen, NY

12 October, 2013

435 Sideways Wrap

I had a beautiful skein of JulieSpins 435 Silky (50% merino/50% silk) in the Great Lakes colourway and wanted to use every bit of it on a wrap.

I had previously used my gram scale and notes on sideways shawl construction a few months ago to knit up a similar wrap.   So I decided to write it up this time and offer it as a free ravelry download:  available here. 

The edging is knit on as you go.  The wrap begins with a 7-stitch cast on and slowly increases to the center section. The center is worked in short rows to create a gentle curve around the neckline.

Mirrored decreases take you to the other end with a 7-stitch bind off.
The finished, wet blocked measurements are 8-1/2” at widest point by 82” span.  Plenty long for wrap-wrap-wrapping, sontag tie or longish scarf.

Once you’ve knit the pattern through, you’ll see that there are many ways to modify it.  Enjoy!

22 August, 2013

mock cable cardi for amelia's doll

There seem to be an increasing number of little girls with "dolls in need of sweaters" in my life these days.  Which is a very good thing.  Amelia's 5th birthday was the inspiration for this design:

She has the original ... this was knit for the pattern page (which can be found for free here.)  As was this...

Ella and Emma sporting their new cardi's
There are two more birthdays coming up in October.  And I'm thinking that means two new designs.  (One is dancing around in my head as I write... )

18 June, 2013

process-oriented; product incidental

Visual journaling is providing a lovely outlet this summer through which peace and contentment drift into my heart.  And that's both pleasant and welcomed.

I'm re-reading The Chronicles of Narnia.  Yet again.  Slowly.  Savoring the images.  Considering the allusions.  C.S. Lewis' description of creation song in The Magician's Nephew was one such  place where I delighted to linger.

(click on picture for close-up)
"Narnia, Narnia, Narnia, awake.  Love.  Think.  Speak.  Be walking trees.  Be talking beasts.  Be divine waters."

"There is no other stream," said the Lion (The Silver Chair.)

Ah, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

17 June, 2013


Jan Brett's tutorial How to Draw a Hedgehog ~ found here.

14 June, 2013

Matt Redman - 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) ~ Journaling


Psalm 103 ~ 10,000 Reasons
Chris Rowney, Torquay Christian Fellowship
November 2, 2014 

05 April, 2013

perfect and proven

As for God, His way is perfect;
The word of the LORD is proven;
He is a shield to all who trust in Him.
2 Samuel 22:31

28 March, 2013

what a gift

Repost from April 2012 ~ Resurrection Sunday blessings to all!
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 

According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,

5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,

7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

8 Though you have not seen him, you love him.  

Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:3-9 (ESV)

14 January, 2013

dragons are really real

I'm not saying that The Hobbit is really real.  Because it's not.

But the Bible is really real.

And check out what the Lord says in Job 41 about Leviathan:

8 “Lay your hand on him; remember the battle; you will not do it again!
13 “Who can strip off his outer armor? Who can come within his double mail?
14 “Who can open the doors of his face?  Around his teeth there is terror.
15 “His strong scales are his pride, shut up as with a tight seal.
16 “One is so near to another that no air can come between them.
17 “They are joined one to another; they clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18 “His sneezes flash forth light, and his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches; sparks of fire leap forth.
20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth as from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 “His breath kindles coals, and a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 “In his neck lodges strength, and dismay leaps before him.
23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together, firm on him and immovable.
24 “His heart is as hard as a stone, even as hard as a lower millstone.
25 “When he raises himself up, the mighty fear; because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail, nor the spear, the dart or the javelin.
27 “He regards iron as straw, bronze as rotten wood.
28 “The arrow cannot make him flee; slingstones are turned into stubble for him.
29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble; he laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
30 “His underparts are like sharp potsherds; he spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot; he makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine; one would think the deep to be gray-haired.
33 “Nothing on earth is like him, one made without fear.
34 “He looks on everything that is high; he is king over all the sons of pride.”

Some say this is a description of a crocodile.

I say, really?

No.  It's a description of a dragon.  And it's my belief that dragons did not live so very long ago.  Cultures all over this earth have left behind stories, pictures, tapestries and carvings of their encounters  with these creatures.

We have paleontologist Richard Owen (1804-1892) to thank for inventing the modern word "dinosaur."  At that time, scientists began throwing hundreds of thousands, and then millions, and now billions of years into their construct.  And lots of imaginings.  When you leave God and His Word out, you can make up anything.  "Words without knowledge."  Words that have permeated and influenced minds and hearts for the past 100 years, give or take.

Well, I've been thinking a lot about dragons as I knit up the Smaug Socks Pattern ... with the strong scales (wrapped stitches) which are the dragon's pride ... in a yarn colored like the sparks of fire that leap forth out of his mouth!

And I've been thinking a lot about our Lord who created dragons.

And I've been thinking about other things He says about His creation in Job chapters 38-42.

About the morning stars singing together.  And all the sons of God shouting for joy.  About the springs of the sea and the Lord walking in the recesses of the deep.  About the storehouses of snow.   About mountain goats giving birth.  About unconcerned ostriches.  About the majestic snorting of a horse prepared for battle.  About soaring hawks.  Wonderful things.  Wonderful Him.

If there's a Bible near you, check out these few chapters.  Job 38-42.  It won't take long to read.  And you'll be glad you did.

07 November, 2012

everywhere I go I'll see You

There is none like You.
No one else can touch my heart like You do.
I can search for all eternity long
and find there is none like You.

21 July, 2012

mittens ~ closing the gap in a side-seam gusset

The mitten patterns I've used haven't satisfactorily addressed how to pick up gusset stitches in a manner that neatly closes up the gap.   So after fumbling through several pair, this is the procedure that worked best for me.

This mitten had 17 thumb gusset stitches placed on waste yarn.  I placed them on three dpn's as follows:

needle-one:  two stitches on each side of the gap
needle-two:  six stitches
needle-three:  seven stitches

Introduce the joining yarn on needle-one such that the tail (about 7-8") is in the back and the source yarn is in the front.  This will cause the tail to be inside the mitten once the thumb is completed.  Knit the first two stitches.

Pick up and knit a total of three (3) stitches within the gap in this manner:  Insert the working needle into both loops, wrap the source yarn around needle back-to-front, and pull it through.  Knit last two stitches.  7 stitches on needle-one.

Knit across needle-two and needle-three.  You now have 20 stitches arranged 7/6/7.  As you begin knitting round 2, hold the tail yarn tautly so as to snug-up the first stitches.  Continue knitting in the round until the thumb is the desired length.

On the first decrease round, k2tog at the end of needles one and three such that 18 stitches remain (6/6/6.)  Knit one round.

Finish decreasing in whatever manner you prefer.  This is how I decrease from this point:

k4, k2together (three times) = 15 stitches
knit next round
k3, k2together (three times) = 12 stitches
knit next round
k2, k2together (three times) = 9 stitches
Cut working yarn and thread through remaining stitches, pulling tightly and fastening inside of thumb.

Weave in the joining yarn tail (inside.)

This is a close-up of the "gap" area.  What I like about picking up three stitches here is the fabric continues smoothly up the thumb.

Here's a side view of the thumb from needle three.

And needle two.  No gaps.  (But the joining tail is inside the mitten in case any corrective weaving is needed.)