Friday, December 18, 2009

Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six wingèd seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!

Words: Li­tur­gy of St. James, 4th Cen­tu­ry (Σιγησάτο παρα σὰρξ βροτεία); trans­lat­ed from Greek to Eng­lish by Gerald Moultrie, 1864.

Music: Pi­car­dy, French car­ol mel­o­dy; har­mo­ny from The Eng­lish Hymn­al, 1906, num­ber 318

Today's Bible verse:
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

Tuesday, October 6, 2009


Here's a quick little number, good for kids to knit as it doesn't have the increases and decreases that the "traditional" pattern has. Lily's Sugar and Cream yarn - I used a size US8. You use what you wish.

Cast on 30 stitches. All rows knitted (garter stitch)
Work 4 rows.
Hole row (right side): K2, (YO, K2tog) across. Then knit the wrong side row.
Continue in garter stitch for as long as you like your cloth to be.... then repeat the "Hole row" and the wrong side row.
Work 4 more rows and bind off. TA DA.

Now get out in the kitchen and wash those dishes!

Bible verse for this morning:

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Matthew 16:26

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Cellophane wings
On my screen
Looking in;
Waiting for the wind
To turn to flight.
Summer fading,
Autumn approaching
Chasing the Dragonfly south.

Tonight's Bible Verse:
"To everything there is a season and a time for every purpose."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Baby Bow Tie Hat - Knitted in the Round

I used sport weight acrylic yarn at a gauge of 5.5 stitches per inch.
You will also need a 16 inch circular needle and double pointed needles.

With sport weight yarn and size US4, 16 inch cable needle (that's the size I used) cast on 72 stitches, join and knit in the round for about 1.25 inches (this makes the roll edge). Then work 7 ridges or 14 rows of garter stitch (in the round you will knit 1 round then purl the next, repeat those 2 rounds). Afterwards, knit every row until the piece measures 3.5 inches from the rolled edge (leave it rolled). Change to double point needles and work decreases for the top as follows:

Rnd 1 - K7, K2tog around
Rnd 2 - knit
Rnd 3 - K6, K2tog around
Rnd 4 - knit
Rnd 5 - K5, K2tog around
Rnd 6 - knit
Rnd 7 - K4, K2tog around
Rnd 8 - knit
Rnd 9 - K3, K2tog around
Rnd 10 - knit
Rnd 11- K2, K2tog around
Rnd 12 - K1, K2tog around
Rnd 13 - K2tog around

There are now 8 stitches left. Divide them in half, placing 4 stitches on each of two DPN's. Working on one needle of 4 stitches, K1, K2tog, K1 - 3 stitches. Now work an I-cord on these three stitches for 7 inches. Repeat this I-chord process on the other needle. Weave in the tails and tie the I-cords into a bow.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Space, the Final Frontier

Happy Anniversary Moon Men!

Bible verse for the Universe:
"Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars. Praise Him, you highest heavens and you waters above the skies. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for He commanded and they were created." Psalm 148:3-5

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Humming Along on a Birg Song

Look who came to my hummingbird feeder!

Today's Bible Verse:
"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and {yet} your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?" Matthew 6:26

Friday, June 12, 2009


Yarn: Lion Brand Homespun: 2 - 6oz skeins

Needles: Sizes 8US and 10.5US
Gauge: Not so important as you will measure the "wingspan" from wrist to wrist of the little girl and knit to fit her length…. My shrug measured 32 inches from cuff to cuff.

With smaller needles:
CO 19 stitches and work a K1, P1 rib for 2 inches (On the right side, you will have a knit stitch on each end).
Next row: Knit into the front and back of each of the next 9 stitches, K1, Knit into the front and back of each of the next 9 stitches. 37 stitches total. Change to larger needles, knit 7 more rows. Right side should show 4 ridges garter stitch.

Continue in the following PATTERN :
Row 1: K1, (YO, K2tog) 18 times
Row 2: Purl
Rows 3-10: Knit each row
Repeat these 10 rows for the length needed ( I went to about 30 inches from the beginning CO)

On the final Row 10, Change to smaller needles and K2tog - 9 times, K1, K2tog - 9 times. (19 stitches)

Now work K1, P1 rib for 2 inches.
Bind Off

Determine sleeve length - I measured 9 inches towards the underarm from the cuff - and sew the sleeve seams together, leaving the center open to slip onto the shoulders. All done! If you would like to give the edge a more finished look, single crochet, loosely, around the opening.

Using same yarn and size 13US DP needles:

CO 40 stitches. Distribute over DP needles and join into rounds and knit for 7 inches or the length of crown you would like. Next row K2, K2tog all around. 30 stitches. Knit one round plain. Next row, K1, K2tog all around. 20 stitches. Knit one round plain. Next row, K2tog all around. 10 stitches. Last row K2tog all around - run yarn through the last 5 loops and draw up tight. Done.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

The 65th Anniversary of D-Day

(phototgraph -Department of Defense)

“We will accept nothing less than full victory.”
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Francis Scott Key

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore dimly seen thro' the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream:
'T is the star-spangled banner: O, long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash'd out their foul footsteps' pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause. it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Memorial Day - The Story of "Taps"

Army bugler playing TapsThe 24-note bugle call known as “taps” is thought to be a revision of a French bugle signal, called “tattoo,” that notified soldiers to cease an evening’s drinking and return to their barracks or garrisons. It was sounded one hour before the bugle call that brought the military day to an end by ordering the extinguishing of fires and lights. The last five measures of the tattoo resemble the modern day "Taps."

The word “taps” is an alteration of the obsolete word “taptoo,” derived from the Dutch “taptoe.” Taptoe was the command -- “Tap toe!” -- to shut (“toe to”) the “tap” of a keg.

The first time taps was played at a military funeral may have been in Virginia soon after Butterfield composed it. Union Capt. John Tidball, head of an artillery battery, ordered it played for the burial of a cannoneer killed in action. Not wanting to reveal the battery’s position in the woods to the enemy nearby, Tidball substituted taps for the traditional three rifle volleys fired over the grave. Taps was played at the funeral of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson 10 months after it was composed. Army infantry regulations by 1891 required taps to be played at military funeral ceremonies. Taps now is played by the military at burial and memorial services and is still used to signal “lights out” at day’s end.
From the US Department of Veteran's Affairs website

Bible verse for tonight:

"No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier." 2 Timothy 2:4

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Various Runnings

It seems that summer is just about upon us. The porch is ready.... flower boxes all set out. The usual Petunias showed up but this year, I've exchanged the geraniums for portulaca. I'm hoping they will do better. A Hummingbird feeder on a tall shepherd's hook is the new addition to the deck.... I had the little birds last year on a smaller feeder, I'm sure they will be back this summer. There's a Robin's Nest right outside my dining area's window. Momma is very nervous, with all of the in and out traffic through the outer door. Neighborhood kids are a concern.... I was hoping that they did not find out about the nest, but they did. Number 3 son , C was off to Ireland a couple of weeks ago. He's back now, says he wishes he was still there. The new mandolin arrived last week. She's a beauty and inspires me. C brought me a book of Irish tunes for the mandolin from his trip. Lots to work with there - 110 tunes! Today is party day for Little Marianna - her first birthday. Daughter-in-law, Jess is her Auntie. Scattered storms today and tomorrow. No plans for Memorial Day, here.... we are all working.

Bible verse for today:
"Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God. For God is in heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few." Ecclesiastes 5:2

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Christ is Risen

"Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...."
I Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday

The Maker of the Universe
by F. H. Pitt

The Maker of the Universe
As man for man was made a curse
The claims of law which He had made
Unto the uttermost He paid

His holy fingers made the bough
That grew the thorns that crown His brow
The nails that pierced His hands were mined
In secret places He designed

He made the forest whence there sprung
The tree on which His body hung
He died upon a cross of wood
Yet made the hill on which it stood

The sky that darkened o'er His head
By Him above the earth was spread
The sun that hid from Him its face
By His decree was poised in space

The spear which spilled His precious blood
Was tempered in the fires of God
The grave in which His form was laid
Was hewn in rocks His hands had made

The throne on which He now appears
Was His from everlasting years
But a new glory crowns His brow
And every knee to Him shall bow

The Maker of the Universe

Bible verse for Good Friday:
"God, after He spoke long ago, to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And Jesus is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of God's nature and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High...." Hebrews 1:1-3 (NASB)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Who Provides?

If you are a Christian, then you know that God commands you to meet the needs of others, with what He has given you. We should not be compelled by the government (taxed) to provide the wants and dreams of others. If you are a Christian and have needs, then remember... God is your provider, not the government. Look to Him. "With food and covering we shall be content."

Bible verse for today:
"This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of our God and Father, to visit orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world." James 1:27 NASB

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Knitting Projects Done!

Sweater for moi - I was able to get a whole bunch of this one done on the train to Florida.

Fingerless gloves for The Old Man. He wanted something that made it easier to drive the car (so steering wheel won't slip through the gloves).

My first attempt at needle felting. I bought the little kit at the NY State Sheep and Wool Show last October. He's soooo cute and now lives with Grannie Annie and Grampa Paul!

Bible verse for today:
"For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless." Psalm 84:11 (NIV)