Friday, October 14, 2011

Basket Weaving 101

A couple of weeks ago, Momma S and I took a basket weaving class..... Lookie there!  We actually made baskets!

Bible Verse for Tonight:
"But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile."  Exodus 2:3

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Aran Progress


Yes, I have been working on it... sometimes, though, it's only been two rows at a time.  Sometimes, I haven't worked on it at all.  Now, that it's not so hot, I'll be tackling it again with full vigor and determination.  So.... here's where I am.....
(Pattern Source - here)

Bible verse for a Rainy Day:
"So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and oil".  Deuteronomy 11:13, 14

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hurricane Irene and a Little Acorn - Cutie PaTutie

Hurricane Irene blew by dropping tons O'Rain upon our heads.  Thankfully, we just got wet; no power outs or floods in our house.  Number One and S lost power at their Mountain House, so, along with Lady A, sojourned with us for a week.  In a moment of looking for something else to show to S, I came upon this little gem in the 'To Do' files.  So I Did.  From stem to stern, it measures 1.75 inches.  Visit pea soup for the recipe!  And whilst, there check it out!  How to make a bomb!  :)  Awesome!

Bible verse for today:
"For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes."  Luke 6:43,44

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Summertime and the Crocheting is Easy

High Summer is upon us when lazy days of sitting in the shade require a different kind of knitting.  Holding wool can be a bit irksome if the heat and humidity are just right.  I’ve been crocheting, actually.  Lady A’s Momma asked if I could make her some face cloths.  She is now almost 6 months old (did I mention before, that there’s a new grandbaby?) and beginning to eat ‘real’ food.  Momma wanted homemade washcloths for the sweet baby face sooooo, of course, I obliged.   Soft cotton/linen blend yarn and a crochet hook were just the ticket.  Just chain about 34 (start in the second chain from the hook) and work back and forth in single crochet (33 st) for about 40 rows.  Work around the entire square in sc with chain 3 loops at the corners.  At the completion of the sc around round, work sc in every other sc and into the corner loops with a ch 3 in between.  Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect…. It will be perfectly lovely!  

Bible Verse for Today:
“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!"  Isaiah 49:15

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Save it for the Birds

Here are some of the little wooly bits of yarn and fluff, leftovers from my knitting and spinning, that I leave outside for the birds.... they love these for nest making and why throw them in the garbage when the birdies can use them.  Just make sure they are not too long so as not to strangle any other animal that might wander close.

Bible Verse for Today:
"He sends forth springs in the valleys; they flow between the mountains; they give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst. Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they lift up their voices among the branches."  Psalm 104:10-12

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Summer Day At Grandma's House

A Summer Day at Grandma’s House

Aluminum frame fold-y chairs wrapped
In green and yellow plastic webbing
Sit in the yard where honeysuckle fills the air
Old ladies in flowery print dresses
Wipe their brows with hankies from their bosoms
Old men chin to chest dream in the shade
Of their youth when they were strong like the trees
Children in the tractor tire sandbox
Dig to China
Sun shines through
Sweet tea in sweaty glasses
Where lemon boats float among ice bergs
Watermelon smiles spit pits
Across the grassy sea and
Everyone waits for the promise
That is ice cream
From the salt soaked wooden bucket
Whose steel arm never grows as weary
As the arm that cranks it
Cicadas shed their coats on bark walls
And sing the same song
That Great Great Grandma heard

Tonight's Bible Verse:
" It was You who set all the boundaries of the earth;
You made both summer and winter."
  Psalm 74:17

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

New Wheel - Kromski Sonata

My new spinning wheel arrived last week.  Yummy!  It's a bit fussier than my Ashford Kiwi... but that's okay.  Big sister, Kiwi, has welcomed the new arrival with open arms.  Interesting that there are such personifications of the wheel parts... Mother-of-All, Maidens, Footmen, Lazy Kate  - I do think of the two wheels as people.  Linda wants to know... why do I like this spinning thing?  I'm not really sure.  I like the 'machine' aspect of the wheel - it's a technology born out of it's own beginnings of spinning rocks, hooked sticks and the drop spindle.  Spinning is such an ancient craft. I always wonder, "how did those guys figure this out?"   Spinning had to happen before any weaving, knitting, crocheting could ever have taken place.  I feel the ancient when spinning.  In 1796, flax growers in Ulster, Ireland were awarded spinning wheels as premiums for growing certain acreages of flax.  Several of the award-ees were named Clendennin, one of my ancestral names.... were these my forbearers?.... spinners?  Besides, a spinning wheel is the very stuff of FairyTales!

Bible Verse For a Virtuous Woman:
"She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands." Proverbs 31:13

Monday, May 30, 2011

4 Rows At A Time - How to Knit an Aran Sweater

Hoping that the "if you knit a sweater for your boyfriend, he will break up with you" curse does not apply to the girlfriend of one's son.... I'm knitting an Aran sweater for that girlfriend.  This kind of work is a Knitter's project.....all full of the complexities of texture and form.  This work, in 3-D, can be daunting; every row a challenge of eyes to chart to written word to hands to chart to hands (until the pattern takes form in the grey matter).  For me... I'm working 4 Rows At A Time.  Everyday, at least 4 rows must get worked (yes, a rule).  It helps me cope (don't get me wrong, I love moving this kind of mountain) - and coping is also necessary in the form of little tics on paper to mark each pattern within a pattern's progress.  So here is the beginning... The Pattern - Honeycomb Classic - starts on page 28 of the booklet in the photograph.  Will you be inspired?


Bible Verse For Tonight.
"To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps."  I Peter 2:21

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

Originally posted to Grannie Jannie's Homemade Pie Blog; April 6, 2007


Issac Watts, Lowell Mason

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

His dying crimson, like a robe,
Spreads o’er His body on the tree;
Then I am dead to all the globe,
And all the globe is dead to me.

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

Bible Verse for Today:

"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;" I Peter 3:18 (NASB)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Socks and the Civil War

Today marks the 150th Anniversary of the Start of the Civil War...... From an issue of Scientific American, 10/26/1861 (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN? - I think it must have been an ad)

The government calls upon the loyal women of
America to knit stockings for our brave soldiers. The
following rules are laid down for the direction of
ladies wishing to knit socks for the soldiers:—Get
large needles and a coarse yarn; cast on seventy-eight
stitches, and knit the leg ten inches before setting the
heel. The heel should be three and a half inches
long, and knit of double yarn, one fine and one
coarse, for extra strength. The foot should be eleven
or twelve inches long.

It clearly assumes that the loyal women of America knew how to make socks.
Interesting... coarse yarn, large needles... 78 st cast on.  

If you get the chance... watch Ken Burn's The Civil War whilst knitting these.

Bible Verse for This Morning:
"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds." 2 Corinthians 10:14

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Felted Easter Eggs or How to Get an Egg from a Sheep

You will need:
Wool fiber (natural and various colors) for felting
Felting needles
A piece of foam to work on

100_4816 (2) (100x75)
Start by making a small roll of the natural wool – using the needle and felting as you go, add layer by layer until it is the general size and egg shape that you want.  Cover with a layer of colored wool and decorate as you wish with small bits of color.  

100_4812 (100x75)
100_4815 (100x75)
100_4819 (100x75)
Ta Da!


Here's a little video tutorial for needlefelting

Bible Verse For Today:
“The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20

Friday, March 25, 2011

More Socks From the Needles

Latest version of socks. To my horror,
they don't match exactly!
Yarn was flawed, somehow.

Bible Verse for a Sunny Afternoon:
"For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living." Psalm 56:13

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Alannah's Baby Blanket

You will need approximately (and by approximately I mean you might need more - so be prepared) 1000 yards of worsted weight yarn; 32 inch, size 9US circular needle.
Note: Blankie is worked holding 2 strands together throughout.
Finished size: 29” x 39”

Gauge: 14 stitches and 18 rows equals 4 inches
CO 101 stitches.
Border: work Seed Stitch (as follows) for 8 rows: P1, K1 across, ending with a P1.
1st Row of Pattern (Rt side) - (P1, K1) 2x, P1, K3, P1, (K5, P1) 14 times; K3, (P1, K1) 2x, P1
2nd Row of Pattern (Wrg side) - (P1, K1) 2x, P4, K1, (P5, K1) 14 times; P4, (K1, P1) 2x.
Repeat these 2 rows until piece measures approximately 37 ½ inches
Repeat the Border for 8 rows and BO.
Bible Verse for This Morning:
"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Do I Really Have Time For A New Hobby?

Okay, maybe I've been too involved in cheese, coffee and knitting, guitar pickin' and genealogy to have heard of this (it's only 10 years old) but I've recently discovered this little Treasure Hunting game called Geocaching. Using GPS co-ordinates one treks through forests or urban settings looking for little stashes of dollar store goodies tucked away in ammo canisters or Tupperware. This also entails keeping a log and if you really want to do it up right, you join up at and log your finds and hides on that 'official' site. Did I forget to mention you can hide those Tupperware boxes full of goodies, too? Yes, I signed up... my ID is 'sticksandstrings' - a thinly veiled reference to knitting AND guitar playing. Anyway, it sounds like a nice way to take a hike, especially with the little kids in tow. After all what kid doesn't want to look for Treasure?! The one problem with this whole GPS thing is.... I have, since my dad got one in his car, eschewed the whole navigation by satellite thing by reminding all, who don't really care what I think, to USE A MAP! But apparently, the coordinates for caches are necessary to help you find them. So, I guess I'll be on the hunt to purchase a GPS thingy...... But I'll still consult Rand McNally when traveling by car!

Bible Verse for Tonight:

"Because of the tender mercy of our God, with which the Sunrise from on high will visit us, to shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

Friday, January 14, 2011

Polar Bear Hat - New Crochet Pattern

Baby Polar Bear Hat

You will need:

1 skein of worsted weight yarn – Color: White

1 crochet hook, size F-3.75 mm

1 stitch marker

Gauge: 9 sc = 2inches; 5 rows = 1 inch

Hat measures 6-7 inches from top of crown to the edge and a circumference of 18 inches

Round 1: Starting at the top of the crown - Chain 2, 6 sc in second chain from the hook and mark the beginning of the round. Do not join each round or turn… this is worked as a spiral.

Round 2: (in each of the next rounds, continue to mark the beginning of the round with a marker) – 2 sc in each sc. 12 sc

Round 3: *1 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 4: * sc in next 2 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 5: * sc in next 3 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 6: * sc in next 4 sc, 2sc in next stitch * around

Round 7: * sc in next 5 sc, 2sc in next stitch * around

Round 8: * sc in next 6 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 9: * sc in next 7 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 10: * sc in next 8 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 11: * sc in next 9 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 12: * sc in next 10 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 13: * sc in next 11 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 14: * sc in next 12 sc, 2sc in next stitch* around

Round 15: sc around

Continue with round 15 until piece measures from 6-7 inches from the top. End off.

Ears: (Make 2)

Work the first 3 rounds of the hat, as above

Round 4: sc around and end off

Sew ears to the hat in the position that you like.

Bible Verse for Today:

"And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone." I Thessalonians 5:14