Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Vertical Stripes Galore!

Its been so long!! I am obviously a very erratic blogger. Seems like I will go months with nothing to write about and then BAM! I have a million! I have had a hard couple of months, but its getting better : )

Lately I have been doing a lot of loom knitting, the plan being that my MIL is going to try to sell some at the flea market. So whatever feedback I get will be much appreciated, even if you have some ideas I will gladly accept!

This personally is my favorite. I made a garter stitch brim with the standard e-wrap for the rest of it. The bow was my first, but I think it turned out pretty good.

I wish that I had a baby or a toddler with a small head
model these. My sons head is way too big!

As you can tell I love the pink/green combination

It seems like pink and brown are very popular lately.

I will have lots more to come. Different, styles and colors!

ps. ignore the date/time stamp, I took these pictures today.

Revelation 3:20

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock.
If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,
I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.

So I have something else to show you! I made this a week or two ago and I am really proud of it because it is for my niece, Brinna, who is 7 months old. I don't have a picture of her wearing it, so I had to have a model, who better to model it than my two year old son Alex, and if I do say so myself he looks really cute in pink : )

I am really in love with this one because it is my very first hat in garter stitch, actually its my first in purl and knit stitch so the entire thing is basically a first : ) For those who don't know what I am speaking of, the garter stitch is a combination of knit stitch and purl stitch. One row of knit stitch's and then one row of purl stitch's. You have to keep track of them and since this is my first I did have a lot of trouble. As you can see there are two lines where I did the wrong stitch, at first I was kinda aggravated especially after I put in two days worth of work into it, Yes it takes FOREVER to do these stitches! Loom knitters out there who know there are much more complicated stitches, have mercy on me, a beginner! (pardon the biblical reference, no comparison intended!) Anyways, back to the point, the two lines actually ended up in the perfect place, so it looks like I intended for it to be that way. (P.s anyone loom knitters that can offer advice, I will graciously accept!)

I am really in love with this hat!!!

Up close garter stitch (sideways)

The flower that I just had to add!! I love flowers, reminds me of Spring.

My adorable baby Alex modeling his cousins hat! His heads a lot bigger than hers, so by my estimate it will fit her perfectly!

Hope everyone has a great day and God bless!

This is a song that is really blessing me, I hope that it blesses you too!


Friday, January 15, 2010

“For YOU created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made, Psalm 139:13

I just wanted to share with you this little hat I made for my son Alex. Its a very simple hat with a very cute little face : ) I did google elmo and knitting hoping I could find something that he would like and I think I hit it right on. At first when I made it I wondered if he would know what it was. Joke was on me. He seen it and got really excited so I figure he knew who it was.

Watching Elmo with his Elmo hat on!
(self explanatory, right?)

All it is, is a simple e-wrap hat in red (I used red heart, even though not my favorite yarn) I had to work with the eyes and nose to make them look right. I made that little nose twice. And even though they have a million different shades of everything, apparently orange is just something no body cares about. I am still not that happy with the shade of orange I ended up having to go with, but it works. The eyes are simple white balls with a piece of black felt glued (fabric glue) in the middle for eyeballs. At first I had been going to try to sew black circles on, but that didn't work.

(ignore his little dirty shirt : )
All in all I think it turned out pretty good for my first try. I am thinking about making a cookie monster hat next, but we will see.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has set eternity in the hearts of man; yet they cannot fathom what God has done beginning to end.

This is the pom-pom wreath I made a week or two ago. I used "I love this yarn" from Hobby lobby in white and peacock. I used the clover pom pom makers in large. Its very easy to make.

You just take a plain wreath (in my case I used foam) and wrap it in cloth (I used a cut up pillowcase!) LOL Then you just make bunches of pom poms! As you can see I had no definite pattern, just randomly placed pom-poms. If you are familiar with the Clover pom-pom maker then you know that you have to tie the pom pom before taking it off of the device. Well, when you do that leave enough yarn that you can tie to the wreath. (approximately 6 inches, depending on the size of wreath you use.

You may be asking why teal and white? Well, last year at Wal-Mart right after Christmas we found these really great teal and white snowflakes. This year we hung them up where we hang our hanging baskets (on yarn no less! ) So it made the most sense to just match those!

At first I ran out of yarn ( it took 4 skeins, two of each color) I had only bought 2 skeins. At first I wanted to be stingy and just leave it the way it was, but I knew every time I looked at it, that I had not done the best I could do so I decided just to finish it.

As you can see its pretty scrawny looking and as far as God goes with people scrawny is okay! But for a wreath its NOT acceptable! : )

So in the end it had three layers of pom-poms. On the outside, inside and on the front.

In retrospect I wish I would have used Valentine colors. I didn't even think about it : ( And I LOVE the color pink! I would have used a heart shaped wreath too! How cool would that have been?! But anyways, I didn't and now I have other things to do, so maybe I will make one next year!

My next wreath I want to make I want to do for Easter, in pastel colors, pink, yellow, blue, white. Maybe find some type of Easter figurine to sit in the middle, A cross, maybe? I don't know. We will see : ) Stay tuned!

Monday, January 4, 2010

When you read God's Word, you must constantly be saying to yourself, "It is talking to me, and about me." --Soren Kierkegaard

Woo HOO! 2010! I really can't believe! I remember where I was 10 years ago, I never imagined I would be here where I am. With a wonderful husband and the greatest little 2 year old boy, a home, and being a stay at home mom. Its like God has fulfilled everything I ever wanted! I just feel so blessed. God is amazing!

Alex's birthday party was yesterday, even though his birthday was last Monday. We spent all day Saturday cleaning! ALL DAY! Taking down Christmas stuff, organizing, cleaning again, shampooing carpets, mopping, laundry. You name it we cleaned it LOL. My husband helped me the entire day, hes such a great husband. But I knew we were going to be wore out after all that cleaning so the entire week I prayed that God would give me the strength to get up and go to church even though I wanted to stay in my nice warm bed. Once again he proved faithful and I was able to get up! (today I'm feeling it, though) Although we had to rush (we got up a little late) we did somehow manage to get to church only 5 minutes late!

I had been so nervous about Alex going to the nursery. I had prayed all week about it! I was just a wreck. How was he going to do? Was he going to scream and cry? Was he going to pitch a fit? But amazingly once again God came through and he did great. We got him signed in with our little beeper. And we weren't even that late! YAY! I was so happy!

Little did I know that the sermon was going to touch me as deeply as it did and move me to such action. The preacher had such fervor and passion! It was so wonderful. He was speaking of reading the Bible and went through why and all that it encompasses! I am also very passionate about reading the Bible and the way that when I read the Bible, God works through that and changes me! Its amazing! So when he challenged us to read the Bible through in a year we jumped at the chance. He created the plan and it involves a chapter or two in Genesis, a chapter or two in the new testament, a couple of verses in psalms, and then a couple of verses in proverbs. I wasn't sure how that would work, I tend to stick to one book. But surprisingly it kept the reading very interesting! Then we have a verse every week that we are to memorize.

I do pray that we can keep up with it. It seems like on Friday and Saturday nights we stay up to late and by the time we go to bed we just don't feel like it. So those nights are going to be our biggest challenge. I know that God will be faithful to help us.

The other part of the challenge is that each week we do something to help someone else. This is the part of am wondering about. I stay at home, what can I do? But I have prayed that the Lord would point out what he would like me to do and I pray that I will be willing to listen and obey when he lets me know!

Please Pray for me and my family that we can stand up and be the Christians that God knows that we can be : )


This is the link for anyone who would like to join in on the Bible in a year plan!