Saturday, February 18, 2017

Enough

I was so worried about running out of the blue yarn on this sweater, but I had enough to make it through the hem, with a little help from my friends!

I ended up combining ideas, and I "stretched" that blue with some of the grey, but I was careful to end with 12 rounds of blue on the very bottom. It looks great, and the fit is PERFECT!!! I am now working on the sleeves, and I hope to be able to wear this one in the next couple weeks...yippee!

In non-knitting-knews, my brother-in-law had his hearing this week. He changed his plea from not guilty to guilty of two counts of aggravated murder with gun specifications. His sentencing won't happen until April, but he will have a minimum of 26 years in jail and a maximum of life without parole.

Also, someone turfed the lawn at the house where the crime happened. Coincidence? Probably, it's a rural-ish area, and kids are kids wherever you go. Still, it adds one more level of "what's going on?" to an already stressful time, to be sure.

I'd like to say that I've had enough already. I'd like to say that I don't want to see my family's name(s) in the news, or in court, anymore. I'd like to say that I just cannot take any more of it. Of course, that is not my decision to make. God will let me know when I have had enough. Even though I feel run down and weak, He reminds me that His strength is made perfect in my weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9), and I remember that He is good, all the time. 

To relieve some of the stress of the winter blahs and family issues that are well beyond my control, I believe that I will knit. I will knit like the wind! I will finish my sleeves and block my sweater so that I can be super cute in it, with some really soft leggings. That sounds like a good plan to me! Since the weather will be super nice today, I will likely go for a walk as well. A little fresh air and exercise can work wonders on stress and help to lower my shoulders a bit. :)

I hope that you also have a chance to get in a little knitting and a bit of exercise today. It is always good to see you, and to share a little of this life with you!

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Running Out

So, I am still working on this sweater...

...although I did take a little break to work on a couple hats, including this one:

Pretty cute, huh? Same cat, different hat! (Still the only cat "willing" to model for me...lol!) But back to the sweater. I am now nearly halfway through the blue yarn, and I have 6 more inches to knit before I do the final ribbing. I am pretty sure I will run out of the blue, so now what? I have another skein of the grey variegated in my stash, and I am toying with starting some blue and grey stripes, then ending with the grey variegated (which also appears in the top of the sweater). What do you think?

I have had dilemmas like this before, and things generally work out pretty well. This time, though, I am worried about adding the light color to the bottom of the sweater. I really liked the idea of the weighty blue finishing the hem. Perhaps I could rip back a few rows (egad!), start a section of grey/blue stripes, then finish off with the blue...oh, I just don't know! Seriously now, any thoughts?

Worst case, I will likely call up my friends at Knit Picks and get myself some more of that blue. lol!

In other news, please pray for my Sweetie and his family this week. Things are starting to move with my brother-in-law, and we are not sure what the next steps hold exactly. Even so, we look forward to the day that he receives his sentence and there is some closure for the family.

I think that brings us full-circle from last week. A second hat, a sweater update, and all I know (which is very little) about what happens next in our family drama. I pray that your family is not experiencing the level of drama that ours is, and that you are doing all you can to stay healthy this winter.

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

One Year

One year ago tomorrow, our family received devastating news. I won't re-hash it all here and now, but here's a link, if you don't know the story. This past year has been a year of ups and downs, ins and outs, and many dips in the road, as you might imagine. A roller coaster ride.

On the hilltops, there were visits with grandkids, new clothes and a new job that I love.

In the valleys were death, depression and a job that I did not succeed at.

Through it all, God has been my rock and my salvation. God and knitting...

The 23rd psalm, the one that you hear at funerals, has comforted me. Indeed, even though I walk through the valley (not around the valley, or over the valley, or under the valley), the valley of the shadow of death, the Lord is with me. He has been my comfort and has granted my tormented soul much needed rest at just the right times.

Knitting for my granddaughters, and for myself, has brought joy back into my life. Some of my most fun knits have come from this last year, including some dolls,

A sweater or two, this one still in progress...

And even a chemo hat, finished just last night, for a friend's mom. By the way, the cat was even less content than she looks at the thought of modeling this knit! lol!

Finally, the truth of the verse that you see on signs at big games, John 3:16 has been reinforced into my life as I have grown through this most difficult year. "For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" with Him, in Heaven, eventually.

Waiting for the eventual is hard, especially in an imperfect world. However, I am learning, day by day, that I am up for that challenge. With daily prayer, study (and knitting), I'm gonna make it after all...just like Mary Tyler Moore did in the newsroom. I wonder if Mary knew Jesus? I wonder if you do? If you do not, I would love to introduce you. I want my friends and family to find lasting joy, even in difficult times, and He is the only way. Besides that, even though it may be selfish, I would like to see you in Heaven someday...it would be grand to praise God forevermore by your side!

A little preachy today? Maybe. But after the year that I have survived, I felt a strong pull to offer hope to anyone out there who may also be struggling. Take it or leave it, you were born with a free will. "But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord, (Joshua 24:15)" and we will find our joy in Him.

Thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Yikes! Stripes!

Stripes! Stripes! And more STRIPES!

We used to have a cat named Stripe. Her belly was white, her back was covered with grey and black stripes, and there was a single, white stripe that ran perpendicular to all the rest. She is the only cat we didn't have trouble naming. From the day we brought her home, with that white stripe on her back, she was our little stripey-kitty, and we loved her!

To this day, I still love stripes, as you can clearly see when you look at my Zig-to-the-Zag Striped Tunic on Ravelry:

When it is finished, it will hang nearly to my knees, and there will be a total of 5 colors knit into the prettiest stripes you ever did see (save for the cat), with a zig here and a zag there on the front. I am really enjoying this knit, and lately I have spent every spare moment with my needles a-clickin' and yarn running rampantly through my fingers! This knit is nearly as satisfying as petting a purr-machine while sitting under layers of knit fabric, felines and fleece blankets...sigh!

Black Cat: Really???

Oh, ok. I guess petting the cat is a little more satisfying.

(Don't tell the cats, but I really like the knitting better...it never poops! snicker!)

White Cat: I heard that.

What can I say? Whether it's self-striping socks, sweaters striped in similar skeins, or even solids...the knitting satisfies my crafty soul! I do love my cats, striped or not, but I loveLoveLOVE the knitting!

What do you loveLoveLOVE? Leave me a comment and let me know!

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by, and Knit in Good Health!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Knitting and Learning!

There has been knitting! This is good, because this is a knitting blog. Last week, there was no blogging, but there was knitting! Would you like to see what I have been knitting? Well, lots of things. Like party favors (which are not linked on Ravelry - sorry girls, I know this fails you, but I totally made this one up):

There were some socks that I think I cast on in December, as Christmas socks:

There were some secret gifties, and some selfish knitting, too! The first selfish knit of 2017 is this sweater, which I mostly love...

...except for the sleeves. I think the sleeves should be longer, but I think I may be too lazy to rip out 28 rows of garter-stitch-in-the-round to add the extra length. I do have extra yarn, but I'm just not sure if I'm up for a rip and re-knit on them. Especially since I just did a little rip and re-knit on my second selfish knit of the year...this fingering-weight yarn sweater:

I just started this one, and I was only about 16 rounds in when I found a pretty big boo-boo in the knitting. As with most things, I am happy that I stopped to correct the error, and now I am loving this knit! I can't wait until it all comes together...there are 5 colors that I will stripe throughout, and this makes it so exciting!

Just like my knitting, I am finding that my life goes smoother if I stop to fix the mistakes right away. Sometimes mistakes cannot be fixed, like words that you cannot un-say (or sleeves you don't feel like un-knitting) but most of the time you can at least apologize. My sleeves could be fixed, but because I have woven in the ends, and blocked the "finished" sweater, it will be a job. I should have followed my instincts, stopped to measure and added more length before the garter border. An apology can be the same way. After you've said or done something that hurts another person, sometimes it's a job to even get your foot in the door so that you can apologize. And most of the time, I know that I shouldn't say or do that thing, even before it happens...the smarter choice would be to stop and measure those words and/or actions before they come out.

The Bible reminds me that I should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (James 1:19) I'm working on that. Pretty wants to jump in and use ALL OF THE WORDS! She is learning, however, that it is often better to be quiet and consider a gentle answer, even when confronted with wrath. (Proverbs 15:1) So much to learn, every day. But I woke up this morning, so I'm going to keep learning.

I'm glad that you woke up this morning, too, and I'm glad that you stopped by. Never stop learning, and Knit in Good Health!