Monday, April 10, 2017

And a New Beginning/ Cozy Memories Blanket-Knit

Yup, I decided to use up some acrylic yarn that had been hanging around my yarn basket for..........a couple of years.  When I first started knitting, without knowing better of the quality and luxury of other fibers, I bought alot of acrylic yarn due to cost. If I had to pick 2 favorite brands from Joanne's or Michael or Hobby Lobby, it would be Hobby Lobby brands, I Love this Yarn and I love this Cotton. Also Caron Simply So Soft, and Lion Brand Hometown. The colors are gorgeous of all the ones if you are making something requiring solids.

However, I do love the Indie Dyed yarns the best and I have quite an accumulation of these as well in my stash.

But something drew me to start on another blanket. I'm still working on the scrap one but I will say I learned some things from it that I should do differently and this intrigued me along with "Robin's Egg" colorway of a Caron Simply So Soft brand as I looked through my stash this week.

This was my progress up until yesterday morning. I have since added 2 more squares on a drive to see my daddy until my shoulder couldnt take the pain anymore.

I'm really enjoying my Springy bee here. This is the only way I enjoy bees though.

I find casting on and connected the squares still a bit challenging but have improved somewhat.

I have a gazillion ends to weave in.

The lighter color gold did not even have the ball band on it in my stash but I am thinking its a Caron Simply So Soft as well.

The darker squares are called Honey/ Simply So Soft/ Caron.

The beautiful springy blue is Caron's colorwary Robin's Egg.

Spring is a time for fresh new colors. I dove into this but have a gazillion other projects including cross stitching projects on the  needles in progress.

I'm about to have shoulder surgery on Wednesday and have heard so many different stories of recovery, which some quite frankly scare me but I think the worse thing is I may not be able to knit or cross stitch for a few weeks.

I'm going to set up my needlework stand and have a project on the ready in the stand so that I may try to tackle left handed stitching only. Even if it's slow, it's something.

Honestly, I think later on knitting will help rehab my hands. We will see.

I wish it was not my dominant arm that will be out of service but I'm thankful I have an arm!

Thank you all for the prayers for my daddy. I went to see him yesterday and he is so much weaker. He just looks in my eyes and sometimes grimaces like he wants to cry. I talk to him, took pictures of me and him when I was about 6 years old and that was the only relief I saw in his face. He looked at me and I could tell by the top of his nose he was smiling inside. 

The situation with him is breaking my brother, my mother, and mine's heart and we again thank you for your much needed prayers and thoughts. Besides burying my son in 1985, this has been the second worst if not the same grief and heartbreak I've ever had. 

I read an Irish saying this week that deeply describes the feeling.

"Losing a father is like losing your umbrella in a storm"

and that my friends is how I feel because my daddy was my rock.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Reasons I Love Abbie

~~~~~~~~ because she will model anything I knit with leftover yarn

~~~~~~~~~~~~~because she just has that face and eyes that tell me she loves me

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~because she never tires of being held even with a needle moving up and down

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~because she will wear anything I finish making

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~because she can totally be the sweetest

~~~~~~~~~~~because she knows what I'm thinking and listens

~~~~~~~~~~and listens more

~~~~~~~~~~~and shows me how comfy home is to her

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~almost too comfy even in an Easter dress

~~~~~~~~~~~~because she is my right hand assistant blogger

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~and never misses an opportunity to give me a kissie kiss

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~because she always seeks out the light

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~and seeks out the attention matter of factly

~~~~~~~~~~~and even covertly (if that is a word)

~~~~~~~~~~because she enjoys the sunshine

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~and the night time

~~~~~~~~~~~~~and will travel with her love as well to share with others

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Thursday Wisdom--When Waiting is the Right Thing

You can open the rosebud, but will spoil the flower...............

Everything is meant to be in God's time. Every one of us probably have been through many life situations that we ask why to God about and do not understand at all how long and for what reason a certain struggle is for. I know I have and I'm not alone amongst my friends through my life.

As I get older, I've accepted more that we may never know the answer to why something happens or even why not our prayers are answered. This morning in my devotional the statement above was mentioned for the purpose of inducing thought for the day.

Such a short phrase but a great analysis of the fact when we wait for God's time and not our own, we will one day, even if in Heaven, see the reason why. We shouldn't try to hurry God's will. I know I'm one to blame and often wonder why answers to prayers are so long or even sometimes, no.
However the older I get I do see the wisdom in the wait.

In the following  compare the word "flowers"  and substitute for  "people",

  • Flowers that are forced open will not last as long as flowers that are allowed to open naturally.Why? Because you're interfering with the natural order of things.
  • Not all types of flowers can be forced open. 
  • Some flowers take a long time to open even when you force them   
  • Flowers that are harvested too early, such as roses, have extremely tight buds that may never open. Make sure the color of the flower is visible on every bud and that there is some space between the petals.

Doesn't that really change the perception when using that as an analogy for people and situations?

Just thought I would write a little encouragement today and hope you have a great Thursday today.
Mine started out real early as usual, cooking some eggs and toast and having 2 cups of coffee.
Then on to reading and writing while my mind is in it's early stages of fresh awakening.
My quiet time is in the morning. Ironically when I was much younger, it was at night, really late about midnight.

Things change, life changes. Some change is actually good. Are you resistant to change or go with the flow kind of person?  There is no right or wrong answer. We are all different in our own way which actually makes the world a bit of a better place most of the time if with good intentions.

God bade me go when I would stay
('Twas cool within the wood);
I did not know the reason why.
I heard a boulder crashing by
Across the path where I stood.
He bade me stay when I would go;
"Thy will be done," I said.
They found one day at early dawn,
Across the way I would have gone,
A serpent with a mangled head.
No more I ask the reason why,
Although I may not see
The path ahead, His way I go;
For though I know not, He doth know,
And He will choose safe paths for me.
--The Sunday School Times


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