Monday, December 13, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree

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Our tree this year. Each year, over the course of our married life, we have added a new ornament to the tree. A yearly mission, we made a day to spend the time to choose just the right one and add it to the family of ornaments that have been collected over the years. Some of the ornaments are sweet little raggedy paper things made by the kids in school. Some were made by my hands and the hands of others… crocheted snowflakes, quilted Styrofoam balls. The tree is now filled with 36 years of ornament… some of them belonging to us, the parents and some to the child who still remains at home. Over the years, each of our 4 children was given an ornament – which they chose - and upon leaving home their own little box of memories went with them………Each ornament a moment in time in our lives.

Bible verse for the season:
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Side to Side Sweater

Let's see if I can make this clear -

This sweater measures 48 inches around and is a tunic length (29 inches). I used 4 different colors/kinds of yarn, in worsted weights. I think, for my own aesthetics, I would have preferred 5 different colors. Use however many you like. You will need a total of about 1850 yards of these varying yarns. I used cotton blends and included one handpainted yarn that contained a metallic strand.

5.25 stitches and 8.66 rows equals 1 inch.
Note: This row gauge is based upon a stripe pattern that is randomly alternated between varying rows of stockinette stitch and garter stitch. I never worked more than 6 rows StSt or 6 rows of garter at a time. I did the color stripes randomly on the back and then duplicated it for the front. I also matched the sleeves to each other with equal striping. This is your choice. Doing each piece randomly and differently from each other would be interesting, too. There is room for experimenting and surprise in this pattern.... Enjoy!

CO 152 stitches and work your stripe/stitch pattern for a total of 208 rows OR 24 inches. BO all stitches

CO 152 stitches and work your stripe/stitch pattern for 69 rows OR 8 inches (left front shoulder complete). Neck shaping: With RS facing, continuing in your stripe pattern, Dec 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 5 RS rows and at the end of the next 5 WS rows (10 decreases - 142 stitches - left neck "slope"). Continue in the stripe pattern for 50 rows. Neck shaping: With RS facing, and keeping to the stripe pattern, Inc 1 stitch at the beginning of the next 5 RS rows and at the end of the next 5 WS rows. (10 increases made - 152 stitches - right neck "slope" - left neck slope to the right neck slope is 8 inches). Work 69 more rows OR 8 inches to complete the right shoulder, for a total of 24 inches. BO all stitches.

SLEEVES: (do I have to say make 2?)
CO 52 stitches. I did work 6 rows (or 3 ridges) of garter stitch for a nice edge. Continuing in the stripe/stitch pattern, Inc 1 st on each side every 2nd row 3 times. Then Inc 1 st on each side every 4th row 29 times until there are 116 stitches and sleeve measures 15 inches long (or the length you need). BO all stitches. Weave in all the tails (yikes!).

Sew the shoulders together. Center sleeves to the shoulder seam and sew onto body, then sew the side seams. Since I used almost all of my yarn supply, I added a crocheted picot edge around the neck opening to finish it off... If I had enough yarn I think a soft, cowl neck would have been nice. Leave the bottom of your sweater plain or you may also choose to finish off the bottom edge of the body with a row of single crochet or a crocheted picot edge or any edge of your choice.

I hope this makes sense.

Bible verse for today:
"Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong." I Cor. 16:13

Friday, August 27, 2010

Learn to Knit - Dutchess County Fair 2010

Linda and I had a wonderful lunch then a trip to Rhinebeck to teach at the fair. A beautiful day and I'm happy to report.... our teaching services were hardly needed - most people already knew how to knit! Next up: The NY State Sheep and Wool Show - October 16 and 17.

Tonight's Bible Verse:
"Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. " Psalm 100:3

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Little Girl Wristlets - Fingerless Mittens

Little Girl Wristlets

Ages 6-10

1 skein Koigu Painter’s Palette (if you knit a longer cuff section, you may need more yarn)

US3 (3.25mm) double point needles

Optional – Size F (3.75mm) crochet hook and small charms for decoration

Gauge: not too important


CO – Cast on

K – knit

P – purl

M1 – create an increase by lifting the ‘ladder’ between the two stitches in the row below, from the front with the left needle and knitting into the back of this lifted bar (new stitch will look twisted).

Rnd – round

BO – Bind off

Note: These wristlets are knit in the round.

CO 44 onto 3 double pointed needles. Distribute stitches thusly: 16 on the first needle, 12 on the second needle, 16 on the third needle. Join into a circle – be careful not to twist; mark beginning of round.

K2, P2 until tube measures 4 inches (or desired length of cuff)

Thumb Gusset:

Rnd 1: K2, P1, M1, P1, continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 2 and 3: K2, P1, K1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 4: K2, P1, M1, K1, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 5 and 6: K2, P1, K3, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 7: K2, P1, M1, K3, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 8 and 9: K2, P1, K5, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 10: K2, P1, M1, K5, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 11 and 12: K2, P1, K7, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 13: K2, P1, M1, K7, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 14 and 15: K2, P1, K9, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 16: K2, P1, M1, K9, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 17 and 18: K2, P1, K11, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnd 19: K2, P1, M1, K11, M1, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Rnds 20 and 21: K2, P1, K13, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Next Rnd: K2, P1, slide the next 13 stitches onto a stitch holder or piece of yarn, P1; continue in K2P2 rib around.

Continue in the K2P2 rib until desired hand length (1.5 to 2.5 inches). Bind off Hand.

Thumb: Knit the 13 thumb stitches with the double point needles, distribute stitches evenly on 3 needles – continuing in the round – picking up and knitting one extra stitch between the two purl stitches that were joined back together after the thumb gusset was completed. Knit in stockinette for about .5 to 1 inch (or desired length. Bind off thumb.

Options: Using crochet hook, work a single crochet border (or whatever kind of border that pleases you) on the cuff, hand and thumb edges. Sew small charms on each to decorate.

Bible Verse for Today:
"..... and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." I Thessalonians 4: 11,12

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Where Have You Been?

Okay, so not much has been posted here, of late. Don't worry..... new knit pattern coming soon!
Stay tuned!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Cool Cat

I'm a Cool Cat
I got my hat
On my head
When I walk
Down the street
I feel the beat
In my feet
I'm a Cool Cat!

Tonight's Bible Verse:
" I (Wisdom) walk in the way of righteousness, along the paths of justice..." Proverbs 8:20

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Solo Sail Around the World

When I was a teenager, I read "Dove", the account of Robin Graham and his solo voyage around the world. Starting out at the age of 16 (as I recall) he hopscotched around the globe taking several years to complete the journey. Today..... Abby Sunderland is sailing solo around the world at the age of 16. Today she rounds Cape Horn (I feel a sea shanty coming on). Follow her journey at:

Read her blog at:

Wanderlust is setting in.

Bible Verse for rounding "The Horn":
"For I am the LORD your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar—the LORD Almighty is his name." Isaiah 51:15

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


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