Knit and Pray

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

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Number 3 Blanket in 2012

This big blanket measures approx. 40" in diameter. I used the usual US6 dpn and circulars. The yarns used are Baby Bee Hushabye ombre in the crayon colorway and Plymouth Yarn Dreamland in an off white. I cased off 620 sts on this pretty blanket that will go wait in the box until it's time for donation either to our local Newborns In Need or the Iowa chapter of The Preemie Project.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pesky Trials And Tribulations

Yes, we've got them here my friends. My dear hubby has been suffering from a dreadful sinus infection and cough for over a month. My youngest is suffering from the same thing and has missed a week of school. I've been diagnosed with diabetes and have been having horrible side effects from the new meds for a week. So a whole new attitude toward foods(which I love to eat and can't) and not feeling very well from the side effects of new meds has left me with a lot of time to deal with my weakness as a human and how swiftly life can change for the worse. It's times like these I think a lot about Job from the Bible. How he endured whatever trials and tribulations were sent his way. We aren't meant to understand or know the reasons why at times but it's so good to have hope in Christ from one moment to the next.
I'm not one to stay depressed but it is a big struggle at times when I physically am in distress. It hurts worse in a way to see Norm and Michael suffering.
I ask that you remember us in your prayers. Thanks!!

Warm Hats For Wee Noggins

I got this booklet for Christmas and have made a few hats from it already. So many CUTE ideas for those sweet preemies (small up to 2.5 lbs, medium 2.5-4 lbs, and large 4-6 lbs) AND for sizes small-newborn, medium-3-6 months, and large-12 months. Ordered mine from Amazon and am very happy with it. The author Glenna Anderson Muse works here in Springfield and her blog Knitting For The NICU is up on my sidebar. It's all good 'cause it's all for the sweet little noggins:~D

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Just A Few Gathered Thoughts

Found in Catholic Digest January/February 2012:
Let us not paralyze our capacity for good by brooding over our capacity for evil.~David Sarnoff.
Winter is necessary for us to practice self-denial and the thousand and one small beautiful virtues that one must practice in time of sterility.~St. Padre Pio.
There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular-but one must take it because it's right.~Martin Luther King Jr.
A tree is known by its fruit; a person by their deeds.~St. Basil The Great.
The reason why we cannot keep our good resolutions is that we count too much on ourselves.~St. John Vianney

Second Blanket Of 2012

This round blanket measures approx. 37" in diameter. Using US6 dpn and circulars. The yarn is Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby in the crayons ombre, Baby Bee Sweet Delight Baby in the surfmommy, and Bernat Softee Baby in soft fern. Nice and bright:~D

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First One Of The New Year

This round blanket is approximately 36" in diameter. I used the usual US6 dpn and circulars with Plymouth Yarn Dreamin', and Loops & Threads Snuggly Wuggly Baby Sport in pink. This year will be the year of the blanket. There are three more round blankets on the needles and I'm close to finishing another. It's so interesting to see how different yarn makes up different looking blankets. I'm knitting down the stash and oh my, what a stash it turns out to be!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year 2012

Praise to You, Father
for the innocent eyes of children
for sunlight and flowers and snowfalls
for the muscles of men who build houses
and hospitals and harbors
for the minds of scholars
who unfold the truths of the universe
for the hearts of parents who teach us to love.
We praise You for what we have.
We praise You, too, for those things that
Your wise love has decided
to withhold from us.
What we are and have is from You.
And our grateful response can only
be to share these treasures
with all Your children.
And praise to You, too, Father
for so many brothers and sisters.
(from The Catholic Devotional booklet)
I hope everyone has had a wonderful and blessed Christmas season so far. It's been busy and we've had some sickness but the Christmas tree has been taken down (a stationary bike in it's place), and today is the first day of school and things are starting to have a feeling of being normal again. I get mixed emotions this time of year thinking of all the people who have passed and who may pass, it's so sad to see so many divorces and people who are struggling with the economy and with addictions and those they love with addictions. It so warms my heart to see the many ways people try to help during this season too. I cry tears of joy to hear of people helping strangers with no thought of being paid back. People made in the image and likeness of our God. They are the ones who shine with the light of God. It gives me hope in these trying times. To think that God's light is not completely snuffed out. That faith, hope and charity are still out there in the world so full of everything else.
I've stopped making resolutions but I hope to be able to continue knitting for The Preemie Project and our local Newborns In Need. I'm so sad that my favorite local knit shop has closed and hope that Carol will find more fulfilling work. The focus this year will be blankets so as to reduce more quickly the massive yarn stash. Hopefully by the end of the week I'll have the first fo of the year to show. Currently there are two shawlettes and three round blanket on the needles.
I'm hoping to be more productive on the blog as well. There will be less news listened to especially this year of election. God help us!! We should be spending more time in prayer and less watching all the opinions of people who have their own agendas. May Mary's Immaculate Heart conquer at this time. May the Holy Trinity bestow upon us not what we deserve but great mercy. May the scourge of abortion be eradicated and the hearts of stone be turned to flesh again. May the family as God has ordained from the beginning be strengthened and cherished by all. Oh, let this time be a time of great grace and blessing!! Amen.