Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Tea is Cozy But the Toes Are Cold

Okay.. I just wanted to see the tea cozy "finished" so I didn't wait for the other knitsters to finish theirs! Mostly I finished it as I have to get a pair of socks done and sent to GPa Paul in not so warm Florida. A special request that cannot be denied! I was most happy with the tea cosy - so spicey and kitchen-y.



Last night, my little Liza Dolittle, Emily came over and we had an impromptu knitting lesson and she excelled exceedingly..... she is most enthusiastic.....keep on knitting Miss E!

The winter cold has settled back in and today, on my day off, the Old Man and I did not venture out. And someone in the building keeps leaving the outside door open! Stop that! It is a January, deep in the bones, makes the toes hurt and the nose run kinda cold. But it is January, it is winter, it is the way God made it, so we'll stay inside, for the moment and drink hot chocolate and keep the needles clicking. I like that.

Bible verse for this evening:
“As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It’s a New KAL

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Some may think that tea cozies are so old fashioned and granny-like but they really are very useful and effective (especially this past week of Arctic Blast, here in the NorthEast). The Tuesday Knitsters have embarked on a new knit-along. Some, among us, wish to learn fair isle and steeking, so what better project than a tea cozy! It’s a small project, doesn’t have to fit anyone and will be forgiving of little blurps (the tea doesn’t care). We are each working out our own design. Here’s mine, so far. I’m using the fair isle bit from the book “The Art of Fair Isle Knitting” by Ann Feitelson; page 113. Using up some very old shetland wool from the stash (that light color in the photo is complete with bug chomps throughout), I cast on 144 stitches on a size US1 needle….then anything goes. I won’t be writing out the pattern. That’s part of the fun! Stay tuned.

This Afternoon’s Bible Verse:

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

Friday, January 8, 2010

SnowBirds

Diamond dust falls
Adorning the boughs of gray trees afar
Sparrows are
Scratching the jeweled powder
Seeking the seed of life

Quiet quilt lights
Upon the blue branches of evergreen
Cardinal is seen
Red bird resting on a soft
Needle bed within

Windblown wisp flies
Frosting the water’s edge of icy creek
Blue jay seeks
A branch of warm shelter
Before the moon arrives

Bible verse for the morning:
"Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" Matthew 6:26

Monday, January 4, 2010

Triangle Prayer Shawl Pattern

When we hear that a friend or family member has fallen ill or on difficult times, how we wish we could take it all away from them! But we can only support them by, perhaps, meeting their physical needs - such as cooking dinner for them, or doing their laundry, or driving them to their chemo-therapy or meeting emotional and spiritual needs by holding their hand and praying for them and with them. We knitters have the power to do both by the work of our hands - knitting a prayer shawl - warmth for the shoulders, a hug and prayers for the spirit. Here's a simple pattern for a triangular shape shawl. You will need 600 to 800 yards of worsted weight yarn, however.....this is very adaptable to whatever yarn you may have to use. Use the size needle to go with your yarn choice.

Cast on 5 stitches
Knit 2 rows, mark this side as the Right Side, mark the center stitch.
All following rows: Knit 1, yarn over, knit to the center stitch, yarn over, knit the center stitch and all remaing stitches. You must complete a Right Side row and a Wrong Side row to have symmetrical increases.

Work in the above way until you have used up all of your yarn, saving enough yards to bind off. (I shall leave it to you to develope your own variations on this theme.)

Now, say a prayer, write an encouraging note on a lovely card, wrap it up and give to the one (man or woman) who needs it.

Tonight's Bible Verse:
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12