Wednesday, January 27, 2016

yarn along

This week has found me knitting with some very vibrantly colored yarn to brighten up these dreary, cold days. Simple knitting too. The kind I can do at my desk while I wait for little people to hand in their schoolwork to be checked.






I finished the book I was reading and I am not quite ready to start something new, so I will share what I am reading out loud to the kids. We got this book at the used bookstore on base, which gives a 50% discount to homeschool families on all children's books! My last trip, I paid around $17 for at least a dozen books.



The sweater for Therese is progressing slower than molasses in January. It takes concentration, people, and I just don't have the brain power for that most days.



I threw some crochet thread into my Knitpicks cart to get the free shipping on my last order. I have been tossing around the idea to make a table runner out of these squares. Of course, I only have one completed. I tried to join the second one to the first as you crochet the last round, but it proved to be too challenging for me to grasp.



Joining Ginny.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Vision Revealed

One of my deepest sufferings when we lost Ben was the fact that he died alone. I was not there beside him as he made the journey from this life to His Eternal Home. The guilt was great in this mama's heart. I prayed to God to help me through this consuming sorrow.

Not many months after Ben died, my prayer was answered in a most amazing way. I was blessed with a vision of Jesus and Mary coming into his room, each of them taking one of his perfect little hands and walking him to Heaven. It was a very clear, specific vision that I believe God sent to me as a comfort in the midst of my overwhelming grief. His Heavenly mother and her Son were there when I was not. I briefly wrote about it over on his blog.

This morning, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, when an image took my breath away. There was my vision, almost exactly as I saw it eight years ago! This vision has brought me much solace through the years, and there it was, an image I could see with my eyes and not just my heart.

Isn't it lovely?







   


















Wednesday, January 6, 2016

yarn along

I am typing with a sick, pathetic three year old in my arms. Yesterday he was feverish, today he is croupy. I am getting very little done.

Jack turns 9 today. Festivities may have to be put on hold till the weekend. Sorry, Jack.

I read "Lay Siege to Heaven" by Louis de Wohl over the Christmas break from school. It is the story of St. Catherine of Siena. I wonder what things would be like now if we had someone like her fighting for the faith. Would I be a skeptic or would I believe?

Now I am reading "Little Britches: Father and I were Ranchers" by Ralph Moody. Anna had to read it for a literature course she is taking. I cannot recommend this book enough!

Knitting. Well, now. I finally finished my shawl I have been working on for over four months. I love how it turned out. Then I was secretly knitting a Star Wars hat for Anna. It was the first time I have tried Fair Isle knitting. I practiced knitting with the yarn held in the left hand on a dishcloth until I felt I could reasonably keep a decent tension, though when I added switching between the two methods on the actual hat, there were still some issues. The hat is loved by Anna regardless of its flaws. I have also started a sweater for Therese. This will be a slow knit, I can tell. It is one of those patterns that needs full concentration.

pre-blocking



pre-blocking

blocked

blocked and ready to wear!



the hat, in progress. Since it was a secret, I had to work early in the mornings.

All done, just in time for her to go see "The Force Awakens".

She loves it!


This is the back panel. This is pieced together at the end. I am a tad nervous how that whole process will go.



Joining Ginny.