Knit and Pray

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

Sunday, March 30, 2008


Hat and booties set is ready to go with Norm to work tomorrow:~D Hope you like them Carolyn!
The next photo shows the Knitting Pure & Simple pattern for the Henley T Shirt For Women. The wool was 30% off so I said "HELLO!", to some beautiful lavender Cascade 200.
I've worked on the tablecloth just a little bit. Just one more day in March and then here comes April. Hooooboy!!! Time is just flying by! Won't dwell on the things I haven't yet gotten accomplished. Just grateful for every day that God sees fit to keep me here. Grateful for His infinite mercy!

Grant me, O Lord, to know what I ought to know, to love what I ought to love, to praise what delights you most, to value what is precious in your sight, to hate what is offensive to you.
Do not allow me to judge according to the sight of my eyes, nor to pass sentence according to the hearing of the ears of ignorant people; but to discern with a true judgment between things visible and spiritual, and, above all things, always to ask what is the good pleasure of your will. Amen.

Friday, March 28, 2008


Yippee! The pinwheel blanket is done and delivered:~D(matching hat and booties to be done this weekend) Michael and I also had lunch at Long John Silver's with Norm and Michael had fun pretending to answer Dad's phone at work.
Tonight is a special SALE at Simply Fibers that doesn't begin until 8pm. I intend to be there!!
Last night we tried a new recipe. The Duggar family's Tater Tot Casserole was a big hit here. I halved it for us and used 1lb all white and 1lb dark meat. I really admire the Duggar's for their commitment to follow God's plan for their lives. Seeking first the Kingdom of God is the best advice anyone could follow. It's amazing to me to read so much criticism for people who are raising (successfully too)large families. They seem to fail to see the whole picture. I look around and know many people who are not getting married or having children. The critics look at those who are having more than two children and screaming that there's going to be overpopulation!! Nature has a way of evening things out even before the scourge of abortion or contraception the critics are so supportive of. Wars, famine, and pestilence are the wages of sin. When we fail to seek the Kingdom of God first, we have only ourselves to blame for the outcome.
"My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against You whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In His name, my God, have mercy."
"...The Lord is merciful and loving, slow to become angry and full of constant love. He does not keep on rebuking; he is not angry forever. He does not punish us as we deserve or repay us according to our sins and wrongs.
As high as the sky is above the earth, so great is His love for those who have reverence for Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far does He remove our sins from us..."

Tuesday, March 25, 2008


The round baby blanket won out and so I've been working on it exclusively until it is finished. I'm on the knit row with 420 stitches on the needles. I plan on finishing it with some red Caron Simply Soft in a few rows of garter stitch. It is a great project to work on and is helping me to down my stash. This is the yarn I talked about in my September 19, 2007 post. Each skein was $.99. I'm on the second skein and really not sure if I'll be using the third yet. Still, what a great price for a nice blanket. Good call Carolyn:~D

Sunday, March 23, 2008


What a wonderful blessing to celebrate the fullness of the faith!!! Don't miss out on this season of mercy:~D

Friday, March 21, 2008


Hi everyone! Here are some pictures of the Papipads I've completed lately. I've gotten my Red Heart stash almost completely used up. Still have quite a bit of cotton left, but I'm working on a rainbow blanket to help work my Caron Simply Soft down too. My blogless friend Carolyn wanted to see what I was working on for a possible baby boy gift. I've also got a light green blanket with a diamond pattern(had this pattern for so long and don't know where it came from, sorry) and a blue pinwheel blanket that I could also finish in two weeks. Just let me know what you think Carolyn, ok.
A blessed Good Friday to all!

Friday, March 14, 2008


The boys are having a wonderful time as spring break has begun. Daniel and I went to Andy's for a treat and then went into Simply Fibers to drop off the papipads and find me a birthday treat with my 20% birthday month discount. I found a couple of skeins of luxurious Seacoast Handpainted Yarns 50% merino wool 50% tencel yarn in the Retro colorway. Just out of the box and not yet stamped with price. I saved $9 with my coupon. Don't know exactly what they will eventually become since (*gasp*) I don't do socks. It may become a lovely lacy scarf someday. First things first though.
I'm working up a red cloth (from my cotton ends) in all knit for the car to wipe the condensation and made it in red just in case I need to use it to indicate trouble. I'm taking some more days off from the tablecloth so a row or two on the papipads as I'm able will be the order of this week. I'm hoping to get through the cotton yarn ends first.
We'll be busy having fun around here I'm sure and we will be mindful that this Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Don't know how much blogging I'll be doing so hope everyone has a blessed week.
"We're all called to be great saints. Don't miss the opportunity!"~Mother Angelica


I'm really liking how these are turning out:~D Got a couple more on the needles. Sorted through the rest of my cotton and acrylic yarns and have much more to get through. I will be getting back to the tablecloth, but these are so addicting. Just a row or two here and there and they are done before you know it. I really got busy yesterday to finish the rainbow one since it was my birthday and it pleased me to work on this alone. Enjoy the blessings of the day!


Yesterday I turned 44. It was a day of grace just like today. Thank you to all who visit here and especially leave such nice comments. I really am blessed:~)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


I won't bore you with another picture of the tablecloth. I've got two more small sides and a long one to go around once and then I'm on to the stems and leaves. The end is in sight:~D
I have worked on Papipads at odd times, just for a change of pace. It's such a great feeling to know I'm using up the last bits of cotton and it will be put to good use. The splash of color is also very much needed at this time as well.
Yesterday I had severe diarrhea from 4am to 10:30pm. I don't recall the last time I ever had it this bad. Today is better and I am so glad today is supposed to be such a beautiful sunny day. It's the kind of day that makes running errands a pleasure. Spring is really in the air, but for the Ozarks that could mean tornadoes and thunderstorms are likely to be in the mix. Stay tuned.
Give me, dear Lord, a pure heart and a wise mind, that I may carry out my work according to your will. Save me from all false desires, from pride, greed, envy, and anger, and let me accept joyfully every task you set before me. Let me seek to serve the poor, the sad, and those unable to work. Help me to discern honestly my own gifts that I may do the things of which I am capable, and happily and humbly leave the rest to others. Above all, remind me constantly that I have nothing except what you give me, and can do nothing except what you enable me to do. Amen.


This piece of art work was done by someone on Jefferson Street. When I first saw it it was so unexpected that it really tickled my funny bone. I can't help but wonder how they got the ax to stay up there. Anyways I hope you get a smile from it.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


Picture me a happy lady as I round the last corner and am onto the last short side of the tablecloth:~D
I used this Sunday as a knit day and finished a Papipad made with scraps of cotton yarn and began another. I have also made four 6" squares for Larissa's art project.
O Saint Joseph, model for all who work, obtain for me the grace to perform my labors in the spirit of penance, so that I may atone for my many sins. Give me the intent to work with joy, seeing it as an honor to use and develop the gifts I have received from almighty God; to work with order, peace, and moderation, giving me the intent to rise above weariness and difficulties; and to work with an eye ever on the accounting I must give at the hour of death. Keep me from empty pride in my success and from making success the centerpiece of my life. Keep me focused on the work of God in imitation of you, O Joseph. May this be my goal in life as in death. Amen.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


We got about 8" of the powdery stuff and the boys are having a great time at home. We're grateful it isn't ice! Hope you are keeping nice and warm wherever you are:~D

Saturday, March 01, 2008


What a gorgeous day today is!!! That must mean the rest of the month will be like a lion. Booo! Well, we get what we get and will deal with it.
Last night I worked on my knitted t-shirt (pattern from summer 2003 Knitter's Magazine) done in Provence Classic Elite Yarn Egyptian Cotton. Doesn't the color scream summer:~D It was a full house and was such a nice way to spend the evening. One of the knitters had gone through her stash of cross stitch patterns and brought a huge box for anyone to go through and have!!! I might have brought home a few;~)
Daniel and I took a huge amount of milk jugs, soda cans and bags of plastic bags to be recycled. We then stopped at McDonald's and then made it to Wal Mart for the weekly shopping.
Took 5 minutes to find a suitable size 5T shirt from the boy's closet and sewed it up to become our newest clothes-pin bag. Oh, how I love to recycle:~)