Thursday, April 11, 2013

Progress in Pink Lace, Progress in God's Grace

It's Thursday already?  Oh my! Just wanted to show you some progress of my knitting, I hope you are not getting tired of knitting pics instead of cross stitch. I still do that but right now I've got the knitting bug and just a new creative way to stitch.
This is the progress since my last posting.

I can't wait until it's finished and I can block it. I'm so surprised at how much yarn I still have left with such length. I guess with lace it's less. I don't know but I have 2 more hanks. I sure do like the softness of alpaca/silk blend fiber. However, my wood needles are giving me a bit of trouble. Getting too sticky. They are #9 rosewood. I do not have any 9/ 10inch aluminum ones but it's on the grocery list.
Look closer:

I made a garter section because it was my only answer to correcting a mistake. Lace mistakes are NOT good. I had to do some improvisions with decreasing and increasing and the garter to get back on track to the One Row Lace pattern by Turvid on
Actually, it doesn't look so bad afterall.

One thing about stitching of any kind, whether it be cross stitch or knitting or sewing.........we can decide who, what and where. If we mess up or come up to a challenge, we can correct it and sometimes the mistake corrected with improvisions is kinda cool in the whole spectrum of things!
What about you with stitching? Do you find that part pretty cool?
What about wooden needles? Can you use furniture polish on them? Will it hurt the fiber?
Just putting out some thoughts and trying to connect to all the creative, talented folks who take the time out of their day to look at my amateur knitting. :o
I was asked to design something based on a favorite scripture and was delighted at the idea~!!!
So, my cross stitching designing mode will start pretty soon.
Hint, it's from the book of Matthew........................
In fact, I'm going there now to read, reread and let the verse soak in, write what it means to me and putting my creative cap on graph paper. I recently found a great website that is GREAT for individual devotionals or bible study in groups or by yourself. Actually it's Ann Graham, Billy Graham's daughter at The Cove. She is a great teacher.  Lookie Here at her 3 question study. She has many other resources. The 30 minute video is well worth the view before studying scripture in the manner she describes in her handouts.
I hope life is treating you kind and you are having a good time in your "stitching studio" whether it be your space by the TV or a huge stitching studio you designed.  Whatever the environment,  let's put our thoughts in action and connect.
Purl of Wisdom-----  Our stitching space is our personal time of creativity. If you can, let it be a cheerful one, maybe with tea, or fresh flowers; however, it may be, big or small,  appreciate the talent we are given that so many are not blessed to have.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Tinking and Thinking in Pink Lace

Pictures and lighting can do some really strange things to photos. My lighting is not the best replication of this beautiful Blue Sky Alpaca Silk 50/50 yarn but I can tell you it's more the color in the ball in the left upper corner of the pic. The color is more dense. AND it's the softest yarn I've ever stitched with.

I put something solid in the backgrond to show the design. It's a simple pattern on Ravelry for free, the One Row Lace Scarf.

 Thank goodness for free patterns on Ravelry. I'm really enjoying it. I loaded all my knitty projects on my profile and if you are a member my name is Stitchinggirl50. Would love to chat with ya about knitting.

Just wanted to show you some wood needles #9 Rosewood with mother of pearl tops I got last year. I was dissapointed because in 2 days the top of one was lost. I had traveled with my knitting and didn't know where it fell off but I got these at Michael's. They are functional and sturdy wood. I like the dark colored needles with bright or light yarn.

One simple lace pattern row in repetition will make a scarf. I actually learned what TINK meant. It's KNIT spelled backwards so instead of frogging it's called TINKING.

 I tinked this scarf 3 times before I got it going. The secod time I CO too many. You cast on multiples of 4, so I CO 24.

Some lace patterns require too much counting and such for me to watch a TV show or webcast comfortably while knitting but this one, I can.

This is a light weight soft yarn and with the openness of the lace, can be worn even in the summer months in North GA.

I'm trying to gain more experience so I can make a shawlette!

When I see this scarf coming forth with all the directions of the yarn, I think about the poem, The Weaver. Sometimes our lives get that way, but the final outcome is a beautiful.

Purl of Wisdom:   The gaps in our lives formed a purpose, but sometimes we only can see the beauty of it much later.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

How Great Thou Art~~hymn series sampler

Today is a day of rest and it's a good one already. This morning I woke up and cooked thick peppered bacon and fried eggs for sandwiches while Abbie drooled at the stove.
This church reminds me of many here in the South in the Bible belt, especially out in the rural areas of North Ga mountains. Choirs belt out there praises. Congregations are cordial and inviting and dinner on the ground is not a foreign concept here.
I think this hymn speaks volumes to praise for our God. I designed How Great Thou Art sampler in a hymn series soon to be released.
I hope that your Sunday is peaceful, safe, hopeful, and filled with warm sunshine!
I believe today is going to be a good day.
Purl of wisdom~~ Take one day at a time. God is great and He knows the big picture.