Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I was just helping someone else buy yarn when....

My friend needed help finding yarn to knit scarves for two boys who will be adopted from Ethopia. The poor boys, starting out their lives in Minnesota in December.
But then, I saw it in the clearance area and even at 1/2 price, it was a steal at $75. Yes, I've been wanting to start this for awhile but haven't gotten around to it because of course I would want to start big and get a floor model and take up a large amount of space. Wouldn't want to start small now, would I? But there it sat, actually there were two.

I talked with Patty at Silver Creek Cabin and she said it was only $50 and so I stayed and talked it over. It was already mine, I only had to pay for it.

Want to see what's inside the bag?


A Kromski rigid heddle loom! I came back to pick it up after work because she didn't have all the parts together. At the time I first saw it, it was just a loom on the floor. She had put it in a bag with all these extras and didn't raise the price.

Here are all the assorted parts that I've no idea what to do with. See that black thing? That's the VHS that I need to watch. Most likely I'll probably end up on ravelry or youtube for support on how to start.


Not sure yet if this is a "Christmas gift" from hubby or not. If it were up to me, I'd take it with up to the in-laws this weekend for a little fiber r&r. But it's not like I don't have anything else to work on and I have plenty that I need to knit. Ah, but I WANT to start weaving right away!

Maybe if I'm good and clean the house this weekend, I can start on something Sunday night.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Like I Need to Start More Projects

Noro Striped Scarf (plans for matching mittens are in process)

Manchester Jacket


Languishing in Limbo because of these projects:
  1. Hannah's Wedding Blanket (which must be done by the 12/19)
  2. Sayuri (not liking it so much with the neckband but if I take that out then I have to unknit most of the body too)
  3. Wool in the Woods Scarf (may keep that in my truck for an emergency knitting project
The wool is always prettier on the other side of the needles.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Photo Tag



MY SIL Tagged me to post the 6th photo of my 6th picture folder. Since hubby has recently put most of our photos on an exteneral hard drive, I could only find 5 folders so I closed my eyes and double clicked.

Here's Flint at the headwaters of the Mississippi.

Here are the instructions:

* Go to your sixth picture folder then pick your sixth picture.
* Pray that you remember the details.
* Post it on your blog.
* Tag 5 others, leave a comment to let them know they’ve been tagged.

Feel free to participate, even if I haven't tagged you. I think there are some lurkers who only come out when I offer free yarn. ;)

Woohoo!


On Friday, I received a response card in the mail that put me a little over the halfway mark. Half of the money is due by the end of the month ($1,500) and it came in less than two weeks, I have one week to relax and not worry.

On Saturday I received my passport in the mail.

Both of the major pieces are in place! I have no doubt that the rest of the money will come in by the next deadline.

Who knew that so many people wanted to send me away so quickly? Maybe I should remind them that this is a round trip ticket. I'm coming back after two weeks. ;)

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Sayuri, Almost


I've gotten a few more inches knitted on since the photo last night, but otherwise it looks the same. When I tried it on earlier, the waistline seemed too low compared to the photos and other people's projects. My row gauge may be longer.

Instead of ripping, I tried an experiment; a neckband. The pattern doesn't call for one but the neckline seems very open. I decided on seed stitch because it is along the same lines of the linen stitch at the waistline. I did decreases every 3rd row in the V and at each neck edge. I do like it better. For one thing, it did raise the waistline up. And another thing, it filled in some of the open spaces and covered a bit more cleavage. It's chilly in Minnesota, and a woman could catch cold with all that exposed skin.

I think one more skein will do it. It'll be sad to leave this project though. The yarn is so wonderful to work with.

And onto the next project which I have already swatched for. IK is coming out with the winter issue, my copy should come tomorrow. My next project is the Manchester Jacket. Remember the Cardigan for Arwen? Well I started that and I didn't like how the cabling turned out with that yarn, it didn't have much give and looked lumpy and like I didn't know what I was doing (not commenting on the fact that maybe I didn't know what I was doing, it's always the yarn or pattern's fault). Well, the same gauge is needed for this jacket. I think it'll make a great project.



Midnight Rendezvous


Sometimes I'll get up at night when I can't sleep or am just restless and knit and spend time with God. It's been awhile and I think I missed a few times that I should have done it.

Last night I had a brief but very neat rendezvous. The phrase "Come life with me and be my love" flittered through my head. I know this poem, and I tried to recite it in my head. And then, I remembered the title, "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love." How appropriate! I never thought of the poem that way before, with God as the passionate shepherd, wooing us to love him.

When I read through the poem a couple of times, it seems to be more of a poem of just being together and enjoying creation. No task or to-do list, only just be and learn to love.


The Passionate Shepherd to His Love
by Christopher Marlowe

Come live with me and be my love,
And we will all the pleasures prove,
That valleys, groves, hills, and fields,
Woods, or steepy mountain yields.

And we will sit upon the rocks,
Seeing the shepherds feed their flocks,
By shallow rivers, to whose falls
Melodious birds sing madrigals.

And I will make thee beds of roses,
And a thousand fragrant posies,
A cap of flowers and a kirtle
Embroider'd all with leaves of myrtle:

A gown made of the finest wool,
Which from our pretty lambs we pull;
Fair lined slippers for the cold,
With buckles of the purest gold:

A belt of straw and ivy buds,
With coral clasps and amber studs;
And if these pleasures may thee move,
Come live with me and be my love.

The shepherd swains shall dance and sing
For thy delight each May morning;
If these delights thy mind may move,
Then live with me and be my love.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Overwhelmed by Support

I got my first support responses on Thursday after sending out the letters on Monday with a mail holiday in between. It's a bit overwhelming but at the same time it's what needs to happen to help support and fund the trip. Some people at church handed me their responses and I'm not sure how to respond. A simple "thank you" doesn't seem to be enough, but it's a start. I purchased some thank you cards and I had to stop by Hallmark and get some more this morning.

Everyone who has responded so far has committed to pray for the trip! I've also received $895.00 in support, and that's in less than a week. See why I'm a little overwhelmed?

Friday, November 14, 2008

Almost a Hitch

Yesterday I got a letter in the mail from the passport office. I was so excited, my passport had already arrived! But it wasn't so, it was almost the opposite. They needed my naturalization certificate, what I had given them wasn't what was needed.

Where's the certificate?
What if I can't find it?
Oh no - I sent out all those support letters and now I may not be going!

A voice in my head said don't be anxious, it'll be okay. I calmed down a little and had an image in my mind of my baby book. I had looked for my baby book before, hoping it had my birth certificate in it (which I found elsewhere) but never found the book. I remembered that there was a photo on one of the pages with me kissing the judge when I went to be naturalized. Near the photo was a piece of paper. Could that be it?

I didn't have much time to look and had something going on in about 2 hours and still had to make dinner. This didn't look good.

I headed downstairs to the room where I found my certificate and rummaged through boxes. When I opened the last box that I hadn't gone through, I just knew it was going to be in there, and it was! There was my baby book. I almost started to cry, I was so amazed at how God had led me to find it so quickly (it was within about 15 minutes). And I had also unearthed some knitting magazines that I had forgotten about. What more could I need? I dug back into the box, curious to see what else was in there. I found a photo album that looked like it may be hubby's and brought that upstairs to put it in the right spot.

Sitting down at the kitchen table, I opened the baby book. The naturalization certificate was not in there. Oh no.

My hand went to the photo album that I had brought up as a second thought. Hey, this was one of my childhood photo albums! And wait, what is that, it's my naturalization certificate and even a letter from Jimmy Carter. I sat back and cried. I had been looking all this time for the wrong book, my baby book, that as it turned out, had no certificates that I needed. But in looking for the wrong book, I found the right papers.

The icing on the cake was when I was flipping through the baby book and saw a note from one of my mom's friends. It said some kind words about them adopting me and then a quote - "Only one life, twill soon be past, Only what's done for Christ will last." The significance for me is that this is something that John Piper quoted in his book, Don't Waste Your Life. Our small group is going through that book and we met that night. The lesson was on risk.

I know going to India is a good risk, one that I'm supposed to take. And I also know that I'm really, really, supposed to go.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Letters


Last Sunday, Jan and I got together for a little lunch and a little envelope stuffing for our support letters. It turned out to be a lot of envelope stuffing. We thought it would take and hour, maybe two but we ended up spending 5 hours together. I think they turned out well, I formatted both of them so they would "match" and we'd look like a team from the outset. E-mail me if you want a copy.

She was so thankful that I formatted her letter, that I let her wash my dishes. I think this is the beginning of a great team, don't you?

Tuesday was Veteran's Day, so the letters probably didn't arrive in mailboxes until yesterday. On one hand, I know that if God wants me to go on this trip (and I'm pretty sure he does), then the money and prayer support will come in. It's a real leap of faith to think that in about 2 1/3 week, I'd have $1,500 and about $1,400 more by January 15th.

Okay God, it's up to you now.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Field Trip

Yesterday we had a lovely warm November day to go touring around St. Paul. A group of us went to tour the James J. Hill House.


The upper part of the organ in the art room. Doesn't every home need one of these?

Halfway up the main stairway, where many a fine personage made their grand entrance.


Part of a bank of stained glass windows, opposite of the last picture.


The view from the dining room. Just your average hallway.


Part of the decor of the dining room, I think this was either leather or wood carving.


And in the washing room, I found a kindred object; sock blockers.

What Knitters Do on Halloween

My LYS, Silver Creek Cabin, had a party on Halloween. What do knitters do on Halloween? Not trick or treat, not ghouly things or even bobbing for apples.

What we did do was knit and wear a bit of knitting on on our heads. Oh, we also had lots of good food too. Can't have a knitting party without food.

Little Bo Peep
Prairie woman and Raggedy Ann, I think.
A couple of improvised Hallowigs.
Skein Head? She won a prize.
Flower Girl or whatever, she also won a prize.

And that, my friends, is what knitters (or the ones I know) do for Halloween. Much better than the other options, right?