Knit and Pray

Catholic woman talks about knitting, sewing, crocheting, cross-stitching, crafting and Catholic Faith and family.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006


Monday, October 30, 2006


Well, I'm almost finished with the bottom half of the Einstein coat. I took Sunday off to knit a pair of white booties and the frilly hat and booties set. I used the simple pattern for the hat but just increased my knitting til it was full length then k5, k2tog, yo all the way across then just k1 row, p1 row for about another inch before binding off. I inserted a crochet chain throught the eyelets and made a bow. The booties are the ones I use most often but just made different by a tip from one of the ladies from The Preemie Project Yahoo group where she knits in the front and back of a stitch three rows from the end all the way across 2 rows and then binds off the next row. Easy peasy and perfectly plummy!
The boys and I will stay home tomorrow night and they'll pass out candy. It's good to stay home and be the hosts with the most and not get out in the rain and cold on a school night besides. #1 son is very ok with it and second son is happy too, which is good since they don't have a choice hee hee! Be safe everyone and may you have a peaceful halloween:D

Full Term And Frilly

Second Son At Wonders Of Wildlife Where He Just Came Back From A Birthday Party.

Cat Nappin'

Friday, October 27, 2006

First Five Items For Dulaan

Thursday, October 26, 2006


Greetings fellow bloggers! I'm sending the message that I will not be blogging anytime soon until I work my way out of this black hole I've got myself into. Please pray for me as I struggle to get this thing done in as timely a manner as possible. I had to work on another small hat and a colorful cloth to break up the terrible monotony of the never ending BLACK yarn. Please, also send a prayer for my dear aunt Lillith who passed on last night in her sleep after having a stroke. It was no surprise since the passing of my other dear aunt, Gladys. They were both so close. I'm sure they will be watching out for the rest of the family as we journey along. When Eric was three he had a febral seizure. His grandpa Sam had passed a couple of weeks after his second birthday and we had not been talking about him for some time. When Eric was better he said that his grandpa was over him and told him he was going to be ok. We asked him if it was the man in the picture and he said yes. So my faith that our loved ones who go before us do watch over us. I thank God for His infinite mercies!!
Take care and God bless each and every one of you and yours!

Black Hole Of Knitting

Child's Size Hat For Dulaan

There Is Light At The Other Side

Sunday, October 22, 2006

#2 Son In Dad's Vest...He's Got A Ways To Grow:D


Made from this pattern and from Deluxe Chunky 100% Wool from Universal Yarn Inc. Color 41145. It is the first bulky weight yarn I've used and it feels great, though it was a bit slubby and had more knots than I like. I love the button. It's one of Carol's (LYS owner) favorites. Even though it turned out well, I don't think I'll keep it since I have an abdominal hernia and it makes me look pregnant. There's always someone else who can use it more than me. Vests are nice to knit since you don't find yourself on a sleeve island. I was so happy to knit my DH a vest last year. He wears it and DS 2 was having some fun rattling around in it too.


Finished Hat For Teenager In Dulaan

Working On A Child Size Hat For Dulaan

Big Bubba And A Bottle...Life Is Good!

Einstein Coat Progress...Half Way From Beginning
No knitting on Sunday for me. If I knit at all it's for others in need.

Halloween Star

Friday, October 20, 2006

Have A Purrrfect Day:D

Have A Great Day Ya'll!



How wonderful and marvelous!! Thank you, Jesus!

Thursday, October 19, 2006


Yes it's busy here. I have almost no time to blog as I am busy working on my letter V which shall be revealed next Monday. Also on the needles are the two red scarves and an Einstein coat. I'm being ambitious. The weather has turned colder and dh started the pellet stove this morning. I'd like to finish the coat by the end of the month, but that's only 12 days away. I'm a large lady and that's a LOT of knitting! I had started one that was using Cascade 220 in a medium blue, but I frogged that for the black Simply Soft for ease in washing. Plus black is more slimming right? Well, anyways we'll see how this goes. My goodness! I have two things on the needles for just ME!!! Yeah, I deserve it. It's been a great year of giving and, God willing, we'll have another good year as well.
I can hardly wrap my brain around the fact that the holidays are almost upon us. Why is it that time just flies faster the older you get?

Four Little Words Meme

Esther has tagged me with this meme; so here it goes:
*RESPONSIBILITY* Being accountable for your own actions without blaming others. When I think of this word I think mainly on my responsibility as a mother. It's something I feel called to be and I love being a mother. I'm responsible for raising my children as Catholics, but I'm not resposible for their ultimate outcome. Somewhere they have the responsibility to live what they've been taught.
*REALITY* Reality TV. I guess we get that from writer's striking and so the TV executives showed them and us "we don't need no stinking writers!" I never got into the island TV shows, but have enjoyed "Dog the Bounty Hunter". I think because I see Christian values being utilized in a real way. It also ends well with Dog and posse getting the "bad" guys. Plus Hawaii as the backdrop is totally OK with me!!!
*RENEWAL* Going on retreat can mean a renewal of faith, hope and charity. Being made fresh. Being brought back to a good condition. During mass we are called to renew our baptismal promises. It's refreshing.
*REFLECTION* When I think of this word I think of reflecting on my sins before confession. I also think of how we are called to be a reflection of Christ. I have a long way to go, but am fighting the good fight. Thank God He sees what is in the heart and not as others see.
I won't tag anyone, but if you want to do this meme feel free to choose your own four words and share what they mean to you:D

Wednesday, October 18, 2006


We who belong to the Yahoo group The Preemie Project are mourning with it's founder at the death of her premature nephew. She asks prayers for Noah Matthew Aker and his family who have suffered much in these past few months so I ask all who read this to please pray for this family.
I often think of Job during loss. His words are "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord!" How do we get to the point where we can say, "not my will, but thine be done"? Is it so simple a choice? I know, for me, I struggle every time something like this happens. I've suffered a LOT of loss in my life. I've battled depression, abuse, loss of health, disappointment, and had to deal with premature births, bankruptsy, and the unknown. All I know is that the ONLY THING that has gotten me through much of it is the belief that there is indeed a God. He IS all good and merciful. God IS alive and well, but we must seek Him out. Angels are real and we have indeed had angelic intervention especially with our boys. God answers every prayer. Sometimes the answer is "no".
I read the Bible because I believe it contains the words of life. I carry my cross daily. I choose to love and though it isn't easy, I believe that even when God says "no", it isn't because He is heartless, but because He sees through eternal eyes and knows what is best for us. Here is an article about the Catholic church's teaching about unbaptised infants who die and supposedly go to limbo. I had a baby brother Jimmy Lee who was born too soon and died without being baptised. I believe that God makes it possible for their little souls to be in heaven. We were sorely chastised when we didn't immediately get our first two baptised in the hospital, so we made sure to have Michael baptised the day after he was born. We could have had a nice ceremony for him afterwards but really we didn't think it necessary. Anyway I'm rambling. I am basically an optomistic person, which has helped me during the darkest times. I am not on any medication for depression though there are times that I'm sure it could have helped. It was a surprise to me that there were saints who battled depression as well, so I guess there is hope for me yet;P
Count your blessings and let people know they matter. We all struggle through this valley of tears, so be kind. It doesn't cost anything to smile:D


Fall Decoration Fun

A Set With Flower And Butterfly Buttons

Another With Flower And Butterflies

Flower And Bows

Floral Buttons

More Christmas Cheer


Thursday, October 12, 2006

Good Morning Everyone:D

Pumpkin Cake YUM!!!

The Orange UFO Is An FO!

Yellow Flower Button Accented Hat/Booties

Christmas Hat/Booties

Tuesday, October 10, 2006


The Preemie Project is scheduled to have a fund raiser in November and some members of the Yahoo group are whipping up some gift mixes. I thought I'd share some the the links mentioned: That's My Home, Razzle Dazzle Recipes, Recipe Goldmine, and Kitchen Mix Gifts. There's a lot to choose from and that's part of the fun. I intend to give some as gifts this Christmas. It's not that far away!!!

U Is For UFO'S...There's always something on the needles...a blanket, a cloth, and something I'll talk about in a couple of weeks:D

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Alison who is expecting her third child (she has twin boys and this one is a girl!), has had a fun idea for those who are expecting or are knitting for those expecting. Here's the link to the bloggy baby bumpers. If you are expecting, know someone who is, or just like to knit for babies and/or expectant mothers, come join the fun!


Thanks Christine for the nice comment! I don't know when I'll be able to get to that bear, but I'll put it on my "to do" list:D If anyone is interested in Project Snuggle, it's a worthwhile venture to be sure!! Here's a link to the pattern for a knitted cuddle bear. If it's in your power to do so, please consider this project as well. Thank you!

Full Term Hat/Booties With Flower And Butterfly Buttons

Cat Nap

Practice, Practice, Practice!

Saturday Lunch Site


Fun In A Box

What A Cute Hat!

Friday, October 06, 2006


"My past, oh Lord, to Your Mercy;
My present, to Your Love;
My future, to Your Providence!"
St. Padre Pio

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Something For The Little Iowa Hawkeye Fan

For A Stylin' Preemie

I Heart Preemie Hat/Booties

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Over at Rome of the West is a post with many links to info about angels. Mark's blog has many beautiful photos of Catholic churches in and around St. Louis. It's worth the trip:D


Mark Mallett has a wonderful post about Peter and his succesors.

Monday, October 02, 2006


1Bless the Lord, O my soul: and let all that is within me bless his holy name.
2Bless the Lord, O my soul: and never forget all he hath done for thee.
3Who forgiveth all thy iniquities: who healeth all thy diseases.
4Who redeemeth thy life from destruction: who crowneth thee with mercy and compassion.
5Who satisfieth thy desire with good things: thy youth shall be renewed like the eagle's.
6The Lord doth mercies, and judgment for all that suffer wrong.
7He hath made his ways known to Moses: his wills to the children of Israel.
8The Lord is compassionate and merciful: longsuffering and plenteous in mercy.
9He will not always be angry: nor will he threaten for ever.
10He hath not dealt with us according to our sins: nor rewarded us acording to our iniquities.
11For according to the height of the heaven above the earth, he hath strengthened his mercy towards them that fear him.
12As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our iniquities from us.
13As a father hath compassion on his children, so hath the Lord compassion on them that fear him
14For he knoweth our frame. He remembereth that we are dust.
15Man's days are as grass: as the flower of the field so shall he flourish.
16For the spirit shall pass in him, and he shall not be: and he shall know his place no more.
17But the mercy of the Lord is from eternity and unto eternity, upon them that fear him.
And his justice unto children's children,
18to such as keep his covenant, And are mindful of his commandments to do them.
19The Lord hath prepared his throne in heaven: and his kingdom shall rule over all.
20Bless the Lord, all ye his angels: you that are mighty in strength, and execute his word, hearkening to the voice of his orders.
21Bless the Lord, all ye his hosts: you ministers of his that do his will.
22Bless the Lord, all his works: in every place of his dominion, O my soul, bless thou the Lord.

Dressing Up Large Preemie Hat/Booties With Red Rose Buttons

Medium Preemie Hat/Bootie

Just A Little Ducky

More Pumpkiny Hat/Bootie Goodness


Maltese Falcon
Stangers On A Train
Come join in the fun at Fiberflix as we get into some film noir and knit, crochet, weave, macrame, cross stitch...


Oh, how I love The Little Way. St. Therese pray for us!


October is the month devoted especially to the rosary. You don't have to be Catholic to pray with rosary beads. In fact there are groups of ladies who are Protestants and find the beauty of these ancient prayer. The Pope has asked that we pray especially for him, missions and peace. Worthwhile things to be sure. Please pray for the wellbeing of little (born 1lb 4oz) Noah Matthew Aker the nephew of The Preemie Project founder. A lady from our church whose oldest son Phillip Witt (17) died this past week in a car accident. Her husband had died a couple of years ago from a heart attack. She has one surviving son.
If ever there was a time in history that we need prayer it's NOW!