Knit and Pray

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

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Here are the knitted burial buntings I am donating to a local hospital in memory of Marlowe. Her mother's friend Rachel has a blog to share what she is knitting in her honor. I've almost completed all of my intended Lenten knitting, just have a couple more preemie hats to go and then I will focus on reading and praying Holy Week. Easter is my favorite time of the year. I really love Litany to the Saints. It's great to know there are so many who have gone through the rigors of making it to official sainthood. I love learning about their lives and how they carried their crosses. Too bad they don't get the kind of press the Hollywood royalty do today. The saints are so much more edifying!



Someone in Mongolia thanks you too:~D

Monday, March 26, 2007


Micki has a wonderful post about The Annunciation. The boys are home for spring break. We are pacing the spring cleaning, homework, and fun time. Carol is having a HUGE spring sale beginning at 6 pm this Friday. We'll see if "The Natural Knitter" is in. We'll also see if Brianne leaves me some yarn to knit into something wonderful for The Dulaan Project:~D
Can anyone believe that we are on the LAST WEEK OF MARCH!!!!! The July 1 deadline to get things to F.I.R.E. is really not that far away, time being relative and all. The burial buntings are what I'll be working on this week. I want to get them finished so I can focus more on reading and praying during Holy Week. If my tulips bloom I'll try to remember to post a picture.

Sunday, March 25, 2007


Cute booties made into stockings by adding 4, 5, and 6 rows stockinette respectively to my usual bootie pattern.
Simple knitted rectangles with eyelet row at top and bottom. Gather with ribbon, stuff with cotton balls, and add whatever embellishment you wish.
Next month the theme is mittens. I'm sure I have a pattern or two to choose from.

Monday, March 19, 2007


The 30"x30" baby blanket is finished, YEAH!! I also finished the hat I started at the last knit-in at Simply Fibers. It goes with the kids scarf for Dulaan. It's nice to get most everything off the needles. Gonna focus on some much needed spring cleaning before getting some more burial buntings and hats going. Blogging will be on hold until about the first of April. Take care and God Bless you:~D


Tracy has been talking about memorials on her blog. Check out those posts and see if you are interested in doing a little something to help. The burial buntings I make for Lent will be donated in memory of Marlowe.


Esther has a cool knitting blog which had a link to the World Wide KIP DAY which will be held this year on Saturday, June 9. I'm ready!! How about you?


Here's some information about St. Joseph's Table. Something I just learned about this Sunday. A really lovely idea!

Thursday, March 15, 2007


A big thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes!!! It's wonderful to have so many virtual yet real friends out there in Blogland:~D
I think it's a good age to be.
I'm working on another garter stitch baby blanket but making 6" squares and will end up a bit smaller at 30"x30". This will be a part of the Lenten knitting for a local hospital. I've finished six medium preemie hats, and eight burial buntings just need lining, sewing and ribbons. There's just about three weeks left of Lent. I'm leaning towards taking the rest of the month of April to do some sewing along with just Dulaan knitting. We'll see. Spring fever has hit bad but there's still some spring cleaning to do in the boys' room especially and the back yard needs some work. I want to plant some things this year since I'm feeling a bit stronger now. Even if it's just a short row, it'll be fun for the kids to watch as things grow. Don't know yet what all we'll plant, but I'm sure some sunflowers would do great.
If I don't get back here to blog ya'll have a good St. Patrick's Day!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007


I don't recall where I picked up the notion, but every year for a while now, on my birthday I read the corresponding Psalm. Thank you God for getting me through another year to eternity!

Monday, March 12, 2007


Look what cool things I won for being one of the first to send in a couple of square here. Thank you very much Kristy! I know it was a very difficult time getting it all finished, but life sometime just does get in the way:~D Looks like I'll need to get busy on my first pair of socks, eh!


Esther tagged me with a marriage meme:

1. Where/How did you meet?

We met through the News Leader Intros. It was the second time for both of us that we tried to meet someone this way.

2. How long have you known each other?

I believe we first talked on the phone the last part of May 1991.

3. How long after you met did you start dating?

Our first date was on June 5, 1991. We went to see Dances With Wolves.

4. How long did you date before you were engaged?

I proposed on February 29, 1992. So, almost 9 months. (Go Sadie Hawkins!)

5. How long was your engagement?

About 9 months.

6. How long have you been married?

It will be 15 years on November 21.

7. What is your anniversary?

November 21, the Feast of the Presentation of The Virgin Mary.

8. How many people came to your wedding reception?

Oh, around 50 or so.

9. What kind of cake did you serve?

We had a local bakery make the cakes. We had cupcakes for the many children there and the wedding cake was chocolate with white icing and red cascading roses. The grooms cake was coconut flavored with a beach scene on top.

10. Where was your wedding?

At Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Poplar Bluff, MO at 2 pm on a Saturday. It was overcast.

The reception was held in the Sacred Heart school gymnasium.

11. What did you serve for your meal?

We had only mints, nuts, cake and punch.

12. How many people were in your bridal party?

We had six: a maid of honor, a bridesmaid, a best man and groomsman, a flower girl and ring bearer.

13. Are you still friends with them all?

Sadly I lost contact with my maid of honor, but my bridesmaid is still here and the best man is like a brother to Norm and his eldest brother was the groomsman. The flower girl I send a Christmas card to every year (I was her nanny), and the ring bearer is Norm's nephew and godson.

14. Did your spouse cry during the ceremony?

No tears but we were misty.

15. Most special moment of your wedding day?

When the priest pronounced us man and wife. And getting to sit and face everyone during the readings and the priest's homily was pretty special too:~D

16. Any funny moments?

It was sweet how the flower girl very deliberately laid each rose bud along the aisle.

17. Any big disasters?

For something blue I thought my soon-to-be MIL was going to lend me a beautiful blue bracelet, but through misscommunication thought I didn't want it, so my something blue was a medium blue hair band I held with my bouquet that my bridesmaid's mom lent me.

18. Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We were going to go to Cancun, but since finances weren't that great, we settled to stay the night at Van Buren, MO at Rose Cliff Inn. We were saving up for Cancun but instead we had a very preemie baby boy in July 1993. Maybe the boys can take up a collection some day and send us on a second honeymoon:~)

19. How long were you gone?

Just the weekend.

20. If you were to do your wedding over, what would you change?

Nothing really. It all worked out for the best. It was so wonderful that all his brothers and sisters and their children could make it. (Norm is #6 child and the last to get hitched) We had it in Poplar Bluff for the benefit of his mom and dad ( who suffered from bone cancer. My grandma had died in May and so wanted to honor his parents.)

21. What side of the bed do you sleep on?

On Norm's right side.

22. What size is your bed?


23. Greatest strength as a couple?

We get our strength from our faith.

24. Greatest challenge as a couple?

Having time for just us.

25. Who literally pays the bills?

My sweet long-suffering hubby.

26. What is your song?

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" is the song we walked up the aisle to. "Morning Has Broken" was the song we heard as we walked out of church as man and wife.

27. What did you dance your first dance to?

No dancing.

28. Describe your wedding dress.

Plain v-neck, long tapered sleeves, large bow in back, made with silk shantung. The lady who sewed it thought it was too plain and added some pearls to the bodice. She did it as a wedding gift! God bless her!

29. What kind of flowers did you have in your wedding?

My bouquet was lovingly made by an aunt on my late mother's side who used silk red and white roses, baby's breath, pearl sprays, red and white ribbon and a strand of pearls. Similar bouquets were made for the other girls. Red and white rose buds were wrapped and tied with ribbons for the flower girl to lay along the aisle. We used the flowers that were already in the church. This was a real budget wedding!

30. Are your wedding bands engraved?


Saturday, March 10, 2007


I am one happy knitter! I wish I could get a decent photo of the buttons, but trust me they are very pretty and my DH approves:~D The Irish Hiking Scarf is a good match. The coat is made with Caron Simply Soft two strands throughout which makes for a very heavy coat. This baby won't do well hung on a hanger so it will be carefully folded and put in a special place til it gets cold enough to wear in the fall. Time to work on some preemie hats and burial buntings.
Come on SPRING:~D

Friday, March 09, 2007


I'm thankful for MANY THINGS but #1 thing I'm grateful for at this moment is that the Einstein coat is finished!!!
I'm also grateful for the Public Library system which let's you get on the internet when there is a short in the electricity at home:~D
I'm grateful for my mother-in-law who had her 87th birthday yesterday. #2 son and I made a holy hour the week before and yesterday we planted some red and black raspberry bushes in her honor.
I'm grateful for everyone who visits my blog and leaves a comment! I forgot to celebrate my second blogversary which was the 26th of last month. (I also forgot to do the Christmas ornament on the 25th so this month will be a two-for) Rest assured everyone is in my prayers! I really am grateful you came by:~D
And TGIF!!!

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Padre Pio is a saint for our troubled times! Here are some timeless words of wisdom that will surely touch your heart and help you get through the day:~D

Tuesday, March 06, 2007



The rest of the sweater will be in the bright blue. Time to work on the sleeves of the Einstein coat. No pics til it's done. Have a wonderful week everyone:D

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Esther has a list of 40 Ways To Improve Your Lent. Some really good ideas there.
Can you believe 1200 fun fur hats!!! Wow that's exciting:~D
I dove into the stash and found some wonderful color. I've started another Dulaan sweater from Knit Simple Winter 2006/07 magazine. It's supposed to have dogs on it but instead I'll make beautiful bright stripes with the wonderful Cascade 220. It will be a nice diversion from the black Einstein coat. I will be SO HAPPY to have it finished!!!
Hope you find some good to do today:~)


Thank you so much for your kind comments! Right now I'm attempted to finish some burial buntings. Just need to sew flannel to the inside, weave top and ribbons. It's one of the saddest things I knit up, but necessary. How much more heartbreaking to have to wrap the tiniest person in a blue napkin <:~(

Thursday, March 01, 2007


Here is the finished blanket at last!! I'm ready to start some knitted burial buntings. After that my intention is to finish my Einstein coat!! Then who knows! The need for color is very great. I may even begin a cross stitch project. Stay tuned to find out:~D