Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Cute little lamb

It seems that many of the bloggers I visit have some kind of cute little critter that participates in enhancing the daily posts. Therefore my enhancing cute little critter will be a lamb.

I really like sheep, for two reasons: I love to knit with wool, and Jesus calls or equates us (Christians) with sheep. The latter reason I have investigated very often and in depth, and I've come to fully appreciate those wooly fluffs. Not just for the use of their wool but because we really are dumb (the current meaning) which keeps me from any kind of pride or vainglory.

I will not wax philosophical, but come to he point of the pictures below. I found this black face white sheep at a garage sale. It sat here and there around the house, and looked very unimportant, and extremely plain. It occured to me to knit her a sweater with some leftover yarn from the bottom of a basket. I did not want to make plain stripes, so a little fair isle quick knit and Voila'! the cute little critter was made over.

She may accompany some pictures every now and again, actually she could be the mascot of Peasant House. Here she is

I never gave her a name, would you like to offer suggestions?

I'll leave you with this:

"Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture." Psa 100:3

In His hands, ^__^

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Too many projects...which one first?

Hi y'all! I have been so busy doing regular household stuff...but it does not look like it.
Do you know what I mean? Doing the everyday maintenance of a home is time consuming and it does not look like anything was done.

Like the story that I heard once...of the husband that comes home after a long day at work and finds a huge mess in the front room. The toys are all over everywhere; a couple of sippy cups--all gooped over with stickiness--rest on a cushion. The children are coming out of their blanket fort which they constructed by putting ALL the chairs together in a circle, and covering them with every blanket in the house. [aren't those forts fun?] There are dishes on all the surfaces in the kitchen, the dishwasher is open and full of dirty dishes. A serving of Cheerios cling together, so as not to give up and sink, having absorbed all the milk they could. There is peanut butter on the door of the refrigerator and the jelly is globbed on the floor right below.

As he looks in dismay, he asks the children where Mom is; they say she is upstairs. He bounds up the stairs and trips--only slightly--on a basket of dirty laundry in the hallway. He sees several wet towels covering the floor of the bathroom and half a dozen yellow duckies ringing the drain of the tub. As he enters the master bedroom he sees his dear wife sitting on the rocking chair, still in her robe, and with her feet on the unmade bed, reading a book. He tries not to sound alarmed when he says, Honey, are you all right?
The wife lifts her eyes from the page and smiles...hi Honey, sure, I'm Ok. Why do you ask?

Well, he says, relieved, the house looks like a mess. What's happened?, what did you do today? Why aren't you dressed, or the children? Have you spent the day reading?

She smiles again at her sweet husband, and rises to hug him. I have not done anything at all today, but read and keep an ear on the children.

He is sort of upset by now, and wants to know WHY! She hugs him and says, Just wanted to let you see for yourself how much you need me.
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Alrighty. This is not a scenario I recommend, but as it takes all day to do one thing after another, one puts off the less demanding to the bottom of the list. Now, here I am at the bottom of the list.
This is one of the things I've accomplished this week.

I bought this 'partly knitted' sweater at a garage sale several years ago. It was in a bag, neatly tied and put away. Well, I found it again when I was digging for the linker. So, DH says, "Go ahead and finish it, so you can wear it" Of course, I must do what my DH says.

I had to take apart what was already made since it needed to be bigger (ahem!) I did not know if there would be enough yarn for a full cardigan, or if it would have to be a vest. But, hey, there was enough for a nice V-neck cardigan with an oz or so of yarn left over. I'll show you when it's all put together. Very fast knitting, it is all knit stitch except for the ribbings.

I will show you more pictures of the linker later. I have not forgotten. I took pictures of a granny square lap blanket that I made over 20 years ago, to duplicate one that my Dad's cousin had made for my Grandma. I have always loved it, but did not get it...so I made one--a replica, if you will. It is folded in four and rests at the foot of our bed, just like my Grandma's was. I took the picture in the early morning sunlight, and it's darkish. I'll take a better one and show you later.

This, little ball of yarn, I found also in my search for the linker. It is the left over of a sweater I knitted for #3, maybe 10 years ago. It was to go with her "jeans/dennim" skirt. She's asked me, a couple of weeks ago, if she could take 'that' sweater apart and make something for her children with the yarn. This yarn is very durable. I love wool that is made so well, that it can be remade into different things when the first use is outgrown. (the background is my knitting machine, and a couple of cones of yarn)

I will show you, in future posts, all the things that I found while 'digging' for my linker, thank you Susan, if you had not posted about your linker, who knows when I would have 'dug' for mine!

Today, we helped #4 and family move to their new-bigger-nicer-closer to work-apartment. It is so pretty, two stories, full of windows and lots of light! Actually, I did not do too much. The guys did all the work. I pretended to help by mopping the entry way. We are still covered with snow, and the men brought lots and lots of ice as they came in. The ice melted and made a slippery mess--so I mopped. Big job! woo!

DIL and her Mom made lasagna for lunch, double yum! Those guys were hungry! Does it surprise you that only one of them had salad?

I'll leave you with this:

"For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name." Amos 4:13

In His hands, ^__^

Friday, February 15, 2008

Got some pictures of my linker

This is not my linker. It is my hutch in the kitchen. My camera is full and DH will have to empty it.
The camera stopped and I could not take another picture of the linker, since it yelled at me that it was full. I'll have to continue later.

Here is my "ERIKA" linker made in Italy 900 years ago--well, not quite!

Had to dig to find it, and afterwards I had to find the foot--like a sewing machine foot--it took me 3 hours to find it, but...it was in the basement in a little plastic tub of soap pieces (I save stuff) the size of a silver dollar. I use those to put in my "whites load" it works great to have soap to whiten whites. You know, nobody likes the little bitty piece of soap. I cannot throw them away, so I use them for laundry.
Ok, back to the 'foot':...there it was, where it had been for years. Some of you may remember it.
I'm hoping to have 1e's sweater be the first one--this century--to be sewn on the linker.
I will be forever grateful to Susan for helping me take the 'hate' out of my linker. I really enjoy her videos. She explains things very clearly and the close-ups (sp?) are great. [I'm envious that my camera doesn't take close-ups]
I'll leave you with this:

"God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. " Psa 46:5
In His hands, ^__^

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

All's well

Just been very busy. Will post in a day or two and let you know what I've been up to.

I'll leave you with this:

"Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit." Ecc 6:9

In His hands, ^__^

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Laptop has a booboo and Kombucha had mould!

Also we're going to have umpteen inches of snow depending which weather guy is talking.

The wireless stuff is kaput, but very fixable. The Kombucha is down the drain. The scoby had mould, but when I threw it out it smelled right. I'll have to order a real scoby from somewhere since my attempts have failed.

I spent the day in the basement, laundry all done, ironing all done, dishes all done. Now knitting for relaxation and some Celestial Seasonings, AM Detox tea--since the kombucha is no more. I really like this tea, it is soothing, it tastes very nice and it's good-for-you. I do not like the new picture. It appears to be a youth of unrecognizable gender. Not good at all. I'll not say anything else about it.

Getting close to finished on the sweater and hat for #1 and 1e respectively.

While I was in the basement, I cleaned out one, only one shelf--there are many--and it felt so good to accomplish this task. Since we are suppossed to have "so much snow" tonight, I may work on other shelves or piece the blocks for #5's quilt.

The books from CBD arrived and I'm so excited, don't know which one to read first. We got Bullinger's Companion Bible for $36.00--retails for $89.00, and John Wesley's 7 volume set. It retails for over $300.00 but they had it on sale for $49.00, yes! Who wants to read Wesley, and Bullinger, and Barnhouse, and those guys? Good for us, we get the discount, and the books we would not be able to afford, otherwise. Thank you Lord!

There is one book I've been wanting to get by Carol Samples. It is out of print. It retailed for $29.00. I could get it from Amazon in the UK for $179.00. I don't think so. I'll wait for the next printing. This lady is amazing, you can see her stuff here everything she makes is beautiful, she is very creative. She makes the plainest thing look most elegant.

This is a picture from the above link.

I had never considered embellishing something necessary, but I've seen very beautiful needlework/embroidery which has made me reconsider.

I'll leave you with this:

"Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity" Psa 64:2

In His hands, ^__^

Friday, February 1, 2008

Friday--Starts my Birthday Month!!!!!

Today starts my Birthday month. Since I'm over 55 I get to have a Birthday month.
One day in February is my Birthday. But not today.

I like this flip quilt calendar, that I've had for many years. I was considering buying a knitting flip calendar just because I like knitting so much...maybe sometime. This is NOT a hint! I'm not so sure I would like it. No need to surprise me, please.
Not to be sappy, but I'm so gratefull and glad for my family and friends. They bless me daily, although some/most/actually all of them bug me constantly, which is a HUUUUGE blessing. Some of my friends do not hear from their children and families for a long, long time. I love it when they *bug* me. "The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it. " Pro 10:22--I saidddd, no sappyness...quickly, let's look at the snow.
Here are some pictures of the last snow we had. Now, it is all gone; but for the few patches.

When I opened the back door to take this picture all the snow blew in like in a Little House on the Prairie storm when Pa comes from getting provisions and all the snow comes in first and them Pa with only one box of 'groceries'. It was great! I would have liked to have a picture of that.
This is the little accumulation on the screen, very picturesque.

You could barely see to the corner of our neighbourhood. I think that it could have qualified as a blizzard, but they called it blowing snow. And again 3"!!!!

I think that our friends to the south, like SM in Oklahoma got a foot, she'll have to let us know.

Got my goat's milk yesterday. It was very windy, which made the temperature near zero degrees F. I had to stand outside for quite a while. I loved it. I was really cold and my fingers and toes were numb. I would not live outdoors, but being so cold every now and then is very invigorating. When I finally got in the car it seemed warm. It was cloudy and I did not feel the heater until one mile from home. I'm glad it was not icing on the windshield.

This is one of my pincusions. I like to make pincushions also. In the back you can see three sweaters that need mending--MOTHS!--a stitch in time saves nine, they say, and it's pretty much true.

This is a little basket with sewing notions for all the knits. I'll leave you with this:

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Pro 1:7
In His hands, ^__^