Sunday, February 17, 2008

Grace Notes

The music in church this morning was awesome! Amazing Grace, old and new versions, How Great Thou Art - so beautiful to sing and think about. The lesson was on grace and God's grace to us. Grace is the one thing that sets Christianity apart from every other religion (C. S. Lewis). I am graced by my children- often I feel undeserving of having them. And the grace note is the extra - the friendship - I have with all three.

The girls and I had lunch together Saturday - Cay is showing off her new muff. She loves muffs, and this one is knit with from a pattern from The yarn is from my very favorite shop: The Shabby Sheep. It is very soft boucle - a matching hat is on the needles right now! The patterns on this website are amazing, fun and generally easy to follow. Here is a tip, for knitting or any time instructions need to be followed: I put the printed pattern inside a plastic notebook sleeve. Then any notes I need to make I do in erasable marker on the plastic.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

A Picture of Grace

Last Sunday's sermon was on the Prodigal Son. The pastor made the point that this story is not so much the story of the rebellious son as it is the story of the grace of the father. (Luke 15:11-32). We have a Father just like that - God. Grace is the undeserved mercy and love of our Father. It is also what we can show a world that is hungry for love and acceptance.

Any talk of a son brings to mind my son - who is not rebellious or prodigal! He is funny, smart, and an extremely talented photographer. The other day he was getting ready for a trip to New York (it is February) - and he hates cold weather. So he asked me to knit him something to stay warm. (The shock is that I have been knitting for several years and he once said that there was nothing I could ever knit that he would ever wear! Now he wants something. . .) I had a pattern for a quick chunky knitted hat and this is a picture of Chris in New York in his hat. Here is the pattern:

For an adult male hat: 100 gm ball Chunky Yarn - I use Lion Brand chunky wool
US size 15 needles (round and straight)

CO 8 stitches
Row 1: Purl across Row 2: kfb into each stitch across (16 stitches)
Row 3: Purl across Row 4: (k1, kfb) across (24 stitches)
Row 5: Purl across Row 6: (k2, kfb) across (32 stitches)
Row 7: Purl across Row 8:(k3, kfb) across (40 stitches)
Row 9: Purl across Row 10: (k4, kfb) across (48 stitches)
Row 11: Purl across Work even in stockinette stitch for 5". Work one more inch in 2x2 ribbing. Bind Off.

On this hat, I used up some stash yarn, hence the two color stripes. It is a great stash pattern.
Because I am not comfortable seaming knitted pieces, I use a circular needle and when I get to 48 stitches I join and knit the rest in the round. To finish I only have a small seam near the crown to stitch together. Enjoy!

A few years back, knitting became a simple craft that became a passion. From scarves to much more complicated patterns, knitting is a way to decompress after a day at work, a way to express my creative side, and a way to give part of myself through knitted gifts. I hope you enjoy this blog!