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

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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.  

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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