Knit and Pray

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

Saturday, August 30, 2008


At top Eric is modeling the Irish Hiking Scarf for the Red Scarf Project.
Next is sweet Michael blowing out a candle for his fourth birthday.
Michael and Daniel get along pretty well together.
Next is a simple scarf made from the wonderful autumnal colors of Cascade 220. This one is for me:~D
To everything there is a season
and a time to every purpose under heaven.
A time to be born
and a time to die
A time to plant
and a time to reap
A time to laugh
and a time to weep
A time to embrace
and a time to not embrace
A time to speak
and a time to be silent
A time to love
and a time to hate
A time of war
and a time of peace

Monday, August 25, 2008


Can it be?! Where oh, where has the summer gone? There are only four months left til Christmas! Eric has his second year of Confirmation classes. Daniel is SO EXCITED about being in the same class as our next door neighbor. Their birthdays are both in June and they are almost a year apart in age, but they get along so well. We'll see how long they'll get to sit together. Michael hasn't had time to miss his brothers yet, but I'm sure he will soon.
O gentle God, You have called us to salvation and have sent Your Son to establish the Church for this purpose, and You have provided the Sacred Ministers.
The harvest is ever ready, but laborers are scarce. Inspire our youth to follow Jesus in the priesthood and in religious life. We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
O Jesus, Divine Master, I bless and thank Your most loving heart for the institution of the priesthood. The priests are sent by You, as You were sent by the Father. To them, You have consigned the treasures of Your doctrine, of Your law, of Your grace, and souls themselves. Grant me the grace to love them, to listen to them, and to let them guide me in Your ways. May the priests be the salt which purifies and preserves; may they be the light of the world; may they be the city placed on the mountain; may they all be made according to Your Heart; and may they have, one day in heaven, around themselves, as a crown of joy, a multitude of conquered souls.


Here's the start of an Irish Hiking Scarf using (my favorite) Cascade 220. It's for this year's Red Scarf Project. I didn't send anything last year, but I feel the call to send one this year. It's for the Orphan Foundation of America.


Made with Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby yarn in surfbaby color using size US10 needles. The Triangular Garter Stitch Shawl pattern can be found here. I'm very satisfied with the outcome and pray that it gives just a little bit of comfort to some woman who has lost a baby. The Ravelry group is called Wrapped In Care.

Sunday, August 24, 2008


The first photo is the first of the sunflowers we planted this year. What cheerful flowers they are!
The next is a full term size pumpkin hat/bootie set. Just needed a bit of instant gratification;~)
Next is the last of the cotton remnant pads for the Humane Society. I have a few more remnants, but not enough for another pad, so I'll use some acrylic yarn to make up any more pads. I'm almost finished with the comfort shawl, so intend to get that up this week.
The last photo shows off Gweneviere's sweet black heart. What a sweet kitty she is!
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come; before you I stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! Despise not my petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Wow, do I like how this one turned out! The stash is really getting worked down. The finished size is 42"x41". I used US size 5 needles and Caron Simply Soft scraps. I'm contemplating another pattern to use up some more scraps, but first must finish the comfort shawl. This will be going to our local Newborns In Need.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. I offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our Bishops, and of all members of the Apostleship of Prayer, and in particular for those recommended by our Holy Father this month.*********

Friday, August 15, 2008


Sorry so many of the photos are blurry, but I hope you all have enjoyed them anyway. The last block is Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope."
Loved working on this project! Am feeling the urge to start one of my many cross stitch projects patiently waiting for me.
I hope to have the log cabin blanket finished sometime next week, then it's on to the comfort shawl. Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Made over a decade ago from "Cross Country Stitching" magazine, beginning with the April 1995 issue. I began on the astronaut when my first son was in the hospital with pneumonia. After finishing boys A, B, and C, I found that the aida cloth I had worked on was not the same as the large amount I'd purchased, so had to begin again so the blocks would all look alike. They've been sitting in a box for almost twelve years. My boys don't need any more quilts and so I thought that Newborns In Need could use them to make a quilt to raffle off.
All of the blocks, plus various yards of fabric and cotton batting have been donated today. I'll share the rest of the boys in the next few days. I love the colors used. They just make me smile.
ps All 48 cloths/soap were delivered to the Red Cross also. They are very much appreciated:~D

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


A sailboat, a palm tree, and a paw print.(Sorry, no link for the palm tree cloth, copyright by Rainy Kimbrough) That makes 48 cloths/soaps that will be donated shortly (including the dozen from my friend Mischelle). That will do it for awhile, since I'll be focusing on getting the log cabin blanket and the comfort shawl completed. I want to tackle a Baby Surprise Jacket and then it will be on to some Christmas knitting I think. Should be enough to finish August with;~P
ps: Daniel says, "HI CAROLYN!"

Monday, August 11, 2008


Here's the Angel of Welcome cloth copyrighted by Susan Mrenna. Don't have a link for this one, sorry. Also an Airplane Washcloth found here. I have about five more cloths I want to finish before I deliver them.
I've decided not to do an Olympic challenge as I think it's more expedient to get what I've started finished. I may knit up the odd preemie hat/booties set along the way, for some instant gratification, as the projects I have before me are fairly large and time consuming.
Michael is here to say have a wonderful friendly Spiderman day:~D


Here they are! The round blanket, hat and booties. Suitable for a baby girl or boy. Made with TLC Wiggles and Caron Simply Soft. I didn't make the blanket with any yo's but knit in the front and back of the last stitch before the marker. I ended on the blanket when I had 650 sts. The mod on the hat was adding 4" of i-cord at the top and making a knot. This should please the recipient.

Saturday, August 09, 2008


I went to pick up the dozen cloths my friend Mischelle knit up last month and she surprised me with a beautiful bouquet of zinnias from her garden! I LOVE zinnias! Thank you so much Mischelle for the beautiful cloths and flowers. It was nice to be able to have our visit:~D
I stopped by Newborns In Need and bought a couple of sunglasses and talked with a volunteer a few minutes. Will be donating something next weekend, weather and health being good (I'm recovering from Wednesday's food poisoning. Enough said.)
Then it was on to De Sales Catholic Bookstore where among other things I found the Act of Contrition holy cards my Dear Hubby wanted.
Then it was on to Simply Fibers where Carol had wound my Cascade 220 I bought to knit up my Christmas gift to my #1 son. Carol and I had a nice chat and I was glad I remembered to bring in my two Papipads for the Humane Society.
Then it was on to Wal Mart to pick up a few things as well as get new batteries for my Dear Hubby's watch. Who do I run into by my 5th and 6th grade teacher Mrs. Taylor!! She and one of her granddaughters were going out as I was coming in. What a nice visit! She is retired and has 7 wonderful grandchildren.
Shopping finished I head on home and realize I forgot to get Norm's watch so after a little refreshment I head out again and pick up the watch. This time I get a happy face sticker from the lovely "hat lady". She is a greeter and is such a sweet lady.
Just need to get the round blanket steamed and then it will have it's picture taken. Right now the cotton cloths are getting my knitter attention. The comfort shawl will be next and then the log cabin blanket and then a baby surprise jacket. That's my hope anyways.
Just remember, "Man makes plans and God laughs."
Have a wonderful blessed day:~D