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!