Knit and Pray

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

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Couple of Good Blog Posts To Ponder

Here's a post about how to avoid Purgatory, and another about how to recover your soul's calmness. May they bless you!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Knit Meets Crochet

I found six starts to a granny square that I lost interest in many years ago. I incorporated them by sewing them onto a newborn (9-11lb) size hat. Loving the way this looks:~D

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Two More For The Girls

Two more hats for Caps for Caleb fitting 9-11lb girls:~)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Two More Caps For Caleb

Two more caps that will fit 9-11lb babies. Am working on another the same size. Have a blessed day everyone:~)

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caps For Caleb

I belong to a Ravelry Group called Hearts of Love. The featured project for August is for this sweet little boy named Caleb who is fighting for his life. He will undergo a bone marrow transplant soon if not already. Here's his story. The first two hats made from Caron Simply Soft are newborn size using this pattern and the last is a new-to-me pattern that can be found here. I made the size for a 2 year old. There's to be a silent auction of hats in September sometime, but the group will still continue to make caps for Caleb even after that. So, if you are so enclined to join us please feel free. You can send caps to this address:

Caps for Caleb
121 West Saint Marie Street
Duluth, Minnesota 55803-2613

You can make them for babies, toddlers, children and teens.
At least please say a prayer or two for this brave little guy and his family. Thank you!!!

"Look Mom, The Fish Is Smiling"

That's what my sweetheart Michael said about the fish in the tank in his schoolroom, and let me know it was ok to leave him to his next chapter in life, that of a kindergartener. Daniel was already getting his first lesson when his Dad and I came by to see his class. My dear husband took the morning off so I wouldn't just sit and cry. After seeing that our babies were doing well we went to have breakfast at Scramblers. We then stopped and got some groceries as I was about to start making chocolate chip cookies and saw that we had no butter!! So now the cookies are made and we will be having our usual celebratory meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes and peas and carrots.
So far I have gotten misty but no boohoo's thankfully. To everything there is a time and a season. It's time for my baby to go to school now and maybe teach Mommy a thing or two;~D
ps: Came across this cool site. What some people won't think up!

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Little Wishful Thinking

Wishing that people who do surveys over the phone(and elsewhere for that matter) would just get clue and get a better job. We don't participate in surveys. It's just too easy to skew the results into what they want them to be.
Also the phone scammers are some of the lowest form of beings. They are so stupid to call us when they know we are on to them. The latest incarnation is to say they are calling from the Credit Card Company and letting us know there's no problem with our account. I always hang up on that. Waste of time on both sides. Get a clue people. You will eventually get caught and it will not go well with you!!!
Have a nice day.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Going 'Round Again

This time I'm using donated Berroco Lullaby yarn. It's a type of flat 87% DuPont Tactel Nylon and 13% Nylon. I really like the dusty colors. It feels really light and it's coming along very well. It's so interesting to see how different each round blanket ends up looking like with the different yarns.
Yesterday I took Eric to get his Senior schedule and a new backpack. Next Tuesday is when classes start here. Still need to get supplies for Daniel and Michael. I'm trying hard to be brave but I know next Tuesday will hold some tears, not from my boys, but because I'm kind of a big baby when it comes to milestones.

Round Bereavement Blanket

This blanket was made with donated yarn. Patons Katrina 92% Rayon 8% Polyester 163 yards per 3 1/2 oz skein. I used 4 skeins in all and bound off at 530 sts. It measures only 27" in diameter so this will be for a bereavement package. It's got a nice sheen and feels substantial. I really like the soft colors.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

The Ash Grove Class of 1982 at Ebbets Field

It was a nice gathering for our class. There is an all class gathering this evening (which we will not be attending). Over 200 have already ordered tickets. It was wonderful to see everyone who attended and hope we don't wait so long to have a nice visit again.
It was Norm and my first time at Ebbets Field. The fries were good and so were the burgers. Oh, my so filling. The waitresses were very attentive and did a great job keeping everyone's glasses filled.
Cheers to the class of 1982!

DQ For Children's Miracle Network

Last Thursday DQ donated a dollar for every Blizzard ordered. Love the new mini size cup for $1.99 and a dollar of that went to the local Children's Miracle Network hospital.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Scrap Round Blanket In Pink/White/Green

Measuring approx. 38" in diameter, this round blanket was made using various yarn scraps in the pink and white colors and I added a medium green border, using as always US6 dpn and circulars.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

I Voted! Did You?

When Norman got home from work we went right to the voting place and got right in to vote. Voting is not just a privilege but a duty for all of us to get involved with as Americans. God blessed America that we can have a say in how we are governed. I don't want to lose that blessing.

Feeling Patriotic

Will be voting later today. Came across this cool September 11 tribute from the Catholic Caveman. So I'm hopped up on being an American girl who has a VOTE!

Monday, August 02, 2010

A Week of Prayers To The Blessed Virgin Mary

For Sundays

MOTHER of my God, look down upon a poor sinner, who has recourse to thee and puts his trust in thee. I am not worthy that thou shouldst even cast thine eyes upon me; but I know that thou, beholding Jesus thy Son dying for sinners, dost yearn exceedingly to save them. O Mother of Mercy, look on my miseries and have pity upon me.

Men say thou art the refuge of the sinner, the hope of the desperate, the aid of the lost; thou art, then, my refuge, hope and aid. It is thy prayers which must save me. For the love of Jesus Christ be my help; reach forth thy hand to the poor fallen sinner who recommends himself to thee. I know that it is thy joy to aid the sinner when thou canst; help me now, for thou canst help me. By my sins I have forfeited the grace of God and my own soul. I place myself in thy hands; oh, tell me what to do that I may regain the grace of God, and I will do it. My Saviour bids me to come to thee for help; He wills that I should look to thy pity; that so, not only the merits of thy Son, but thine own prayers, too, may unite to save me. To thee, then, I have recourse: pray to Jesus for me; and make known the great good thou canst do for one who trusts in thee. Be it done unto me according to my hope. Amen.

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

For Mondays

MOST holy Mary, Queen of heaven, I who was once the slave of the Evil One now dedicate myself to thy service forever; and I offer myself to honor and to serve thee as long as I live. Accept me for thy servant, and cast me not away from thee, as I deserve. In thee, O my Mother, I place all my hope. All blessing and thanksgiving be to God, who in His mercy gave me this trust in thee.

True it is, that in time past I have fallen miserably into sin; but by the merits of Jesus Christ, and by thy prayers, I hope that God has pardoned me. But this is not enough, my Mother. One thought distresses me; it is that I may yet lose the grace of God. Danger is ever near; the devil sleeps not; fresh temptations assail me. Protect me, then, my Queen; help me against the assaults of my spiritual enemy. Never let me sin again, or offend Jesus thy Son. Let me not by sin lose my soul, Heaven, and my God. This one grace, Mary, I ask of thee; this is my desire, this may your prayers obtain for me. Such is my hope. Amen.

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

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For Tuesdays

MOST holy Mary, Mother of Goodness, Mother of Mercy, when I reflect upon my sins and upon the moment of my death, I tremble and am confounded. O my sweetest Mother, in the blood of Jesus, in thy intercession, are my hopes. Comforter of the sad, abandon me not at that hour; fail not to console me in that affliction. If even now I am so tormented by remorse for the sins I have committed, the uncertainty of my pardon, the danger of a relapse, and the strictness of the Judgment, how will it be with me then?

O my Mother, before death overtakes me, obtain for me great sorrow for my sins, a true amendment, and constant fidelity to God for the remainder of my life. And when at length my hour has come, then do thou, Mary, my hope, be my aid in those great troubles wherewith my soul will be encompassed. Strengthen me, that I may not despair when the enemy sets my sins before my face. Obtain for me at that moment grace to invoke thee often, so that with thy sweet name and that of thy most holy Son upon my lips I may breathe forth my spirit. This grace thou hast granted to many of thy servants; this, too, is my hope and my desire. Amen

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

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For Wednesdays

MOTHER of God, most holy Mary, how often by my sins have I merited hell! Long ago, perhaps, judgment would have gone forth against my first mortal sin, hadst thou not, in thy tender pity, delayed the justice of God, and afterward attracted me by thy sweetness to have confidence in thy prayers. And oh, how very often should I have fallen in the dangers which beset my steps hadst thou not, loving Mother that thou art, preserved me by the grace thou didst obtain for me by thy prayers. But, my Queen, what will thy pity and favors avail me, if after all I perish in the flames of hell?

If there was once a time when I loved thee not, now, next to God, I love thee before all. Wherefore, henceforth and forever, let me not turn my back upon thee and upon my God, who through thee hast granted me so many mercies.

O Lady, most worthy of all love, let it not be I thy child, should be doomed to hate and to curse thee forever in hell. Thou wilt surely never permit thy servant to be lost who loves thee. O Mary, say not that I ever can be lost! Yet lost I shall assuredly be if I abandon thee. But who could ever have the heart to leave thee? Who can ever forget thy love? No, it is impossible for that man to perish who faithfully recommends himself to thee and has recourse to thee. Only leave me not, my Mother, in my own hands, or I am lost! Let me but cling to thee! Save me, my hope! Save me from hell; or, rather, save me from sin, which alone can condemn me to hell. Amen.

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

For Thursdays

QUEEN of Heaven, thou sittest enthroned above all the choirs of the angels nearest to God; from this vale of miseries, I, a poor sinner, say to thee, “Hail Mary,” praying to thee in thy love to turn upon me thy gracious eyes.

See, Mary, the dangers among which I dwell, and shall ever have to dwell while I live upon this earth. I may yet lose my soul, heaven and God. In thee, Lady, is my hope. I love thee; and I yearn for the time when I shall see myself safe at thy feet.

What shall I kiss that hand, which has dispensed to me so many graces? Alas, it is too true, my Mother, that I have ever been very ungrateful during my whole life; but if I get to heaven, then I will love thee there every moment for all eternity and make there reparation in some part for my ingratitude by ever blessing and praising thee.

Thanks be to God that He has granted me this hope through the precious blood of Jesus, and through thy powerful intercession. This has been the hope of all thy true lovers; and not one of them has been defrauded of his hope. No, neither shall I be defrauded of this hope. O Mary, pray to thine own Son Jesus, as I too pray to Him, by the merits of His passion, to strengthen and increase this hope. Amen

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

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For Fridays

O MARY, thou art the noblest, highest, purest, fairest creature of God, the holiest of all creatures! Oh, that all men knew thee, loved thee, my Queen, as thou deservest! Yet great is my consolation, Mary, in that there are blessed souls in the courts of heaven, and just souls still on earth, whose hearts are enthralled by thy beauty and goodness. But above all I rejoice in this, that our God Himself loves thee alone more than all men and angels together.

I too, O loveliest Queen, I, a miserable sinner, dare to love thee, though my love is too little; would that I had a greater love, a more tender love; this thou must gain for me, since to love thee is a great mark of predestination, and a grace which God grants to those who shall be saved. Moreover, O my Mother, when I reflect upon the debt I owe thy Son, I see He deserves of me an immeasurable love.

Do thou, then, who hast no other desire but to see Him loved, pray that I may have this grace – a great love for Jesus Christ. Obtain it, thou who dost obtain what thou desirest. I covet not goods of earth, nor honors, nor riches, but I desire that which thine own heart desires most – to love my God alone. Oh, can it be that thou wilt not aid me in a desire so acceptable to thee? No, it is impossible! Even now I feel thy help; even now thou dost pray for me. Pray for me, Mary, pray; nor ever cease to pray, till thou seest me safe in heaven, where I shall be certain of possessing and of loving my God and thee, my dearest Mother, forever and ever. Amen.

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

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For Saturdays

MOST holy Mary, I know the graces which thou hast obtained for me, and I know the ingratitude which I have shown thee. The ungrateful man is unworthy of favors, and yet for all this I will not distrust in thy mercy. O my great Advocate, have pity on me.

Thou, Mary, art the stewardess of every grace which God vouchsafes to give us sinners, and therefore did He make thee so mightily rich and kind, that thou mightest succor us. I will that I may be saved: in thy hands I place my eternal salvation, to thee I consign my soul. I will to be associated with those who are thy special servants; reject me not. Thou art always seeking the wretched to console them. Cast not away, then a wretched sinner who has recourse to thee. Speak for me, Mary; thy Son will grant what thou shalt ask Him. Take me under thy protection, and it is enough for me; for with thee to guard me I fear no ill – no, not even my sins, because thou wilt obtain God’s pardon for them; neither evil spirits, because thou art far mightier than hell; nor my Judge Jesus Christ, for at thy prayer He will lay aside His wrath.

Protect me, then, my Mother; obtain for me pardon of my sins, love of Jesus, holy perseverance, a good death, and heaven. It is true, I merit not these graces; yet do thou only ask them of our God and I shall obtain them. Pray, then, to Jesus for me. Mary, my Queen, in thee I trust; in this I trust, I rest, I live; and with this hope I wish to die. Amen

(3 Hail Marys in reparation for blasphemies against the Blessed Virgin Mary.)

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Nihil Obstat: John M. Fearns, S.T.D., Censor Librorum.
Imrimatur: +Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archiepiscopus Neo Eboracensis.
Neo Eboraci February 19, 1947.

Pious Invocations are granted a partial indulgence.