peace and calm



dad’s finger-less gloves

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible.

So my Mom emailed me last week and said – if you need a project to do – your Dad could use a pair of finger-less gloves. His hands get cold in the morning while he’s on the computer. So I talked with him about them, traced his hand and got some measurements.

I told Mom I would use washable yarn, so I picked up some Vanna’s Choice – Acrylic/Rayon in a medium brown tweed. I normally don’t use acrylic (I have to admit, I am a yarn snob), but so far this yarn isn’t bad to work with.

So I started out with 2×2 rib for the cuff and back of the hand, the palm in stockinette and the thumb gusset in purl. I got as far as where the thumb would be worked separately and realized the thumb gusset was too big and the cuff was longer than he wanted.

first try before ripping...

SO rrrrriiiiiiipppppppp….   and I started over.

This time around I decided to do a 1×1 rib instead, the rest the same. So now I’ve gotten 1 completed, and I plan to have my Dad try it on before I start the 2nd one.

 (edited to add – he tried it on tonight and I need to add about 1.5″ to the finger section)

I’m still reading Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach and still listening to  Catching Fire of the Hunger Games trilogy.

I’ve been more into listening to music this week and haven’t spent much time reading.

So what are you knitting/reading/listening to?

Also sharing with Fibers on Friday & Fiber Arts Friday

jeweled cowl ~ a finished object

I’m joining up with Ginny on her “yarn along“. I love to knit and love to read – but since I haven’t figured out how to do both at the same time – I also love Audible.

Okay – so I’m not showing something I’m knitting today but a “finished object” – I got the  Jeweled Cowl by Sachiko Uemura blocked yesterday and a few pictures taken. I actually finish things quite often, but sometimes it takes awhile to get them blocked – and it’s really seldom that I take pictures (I’m trying to remedy that situation).

Jeweled Cowl

I’m reading Simple Abundance, A Daybook of Comfort and Joy by Sarah Ban Breathnach – it is a book I have read in the past but it’s one that I’ve re-read many times at the beginning of a year. Here’s a summary passage that gives you an idea of the book.

I am still listening to Catching Fire of the Hunger Games trilogy, and enjoying it. So what are you reading/listening to?

who is your King?

Since I went to the coast a couple weeks ago, I’ve had   the song “Even Winds Whisper His Name” running through my mind. I think of this song many times when I am at the ocean, as I watch the waves – I am comforted with the thought that God has everything under control, that the waves can’t cross the boundary line that he places. But this time another thought came to mind. Nature has to obey God, it has no choice. But God gave us a choice, we have to be willing to submit to His mastership, submit to Him being our King – if we want the comfort of His control in our life. If we are stubborn in wanting our own way, making our own plans – He will allow it, even if it is to our detriment.

Psa 143:8, 10 Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee. . . Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

Pro 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Though man may try to ignore Him
His presence is woven in time
The stars leave not their assignment
The seasons repeat perfect rhyme
And oceans flow where he placed them
Mountains his greatness proclaims
All things speak of his greatness
Even winds whisper his name
Even winds whisper his name
Even winds whisper his name
Of all things he’s master
Of all things he’s king
Even winds whisper his name
The heavens declare his glory
The dove toils not yet is fair
And why have we any worries
The future is his, he has said
So just place, your trust, in Jesus
And rest, his promise is true
The lilies are arrayed in glory
And so much more, he will do for you

Let’s trust Him today, let’s allow Him to be our master and king.

wind of the spirit

I’ve been pondering Jesus’ words about the wind of the spirit (John 3:8) blowing wherever it wants, and realize that sometimes the wind blows hard so that the things in life that are enslaving, weighing us down, and filling us with anxiety, can be untethered and float away.  The wind can be painful, but it leaves spaciousness and liberty in its wake.  “What is cluttering my world?” We cling to much that is needless, and as a result are too often, like Martha, “concerned about many things”.  Sometimes we look for God to bless our messes and our complexities, when what we really need is a good storm, a good gust of Spirit wind to whirl through our souls, stripping us of illusions.  Only when the last dead leaf has been stripped away will we be truly free.

~ paraphrased Richard Dahlstrom

Joh 3:8  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

Interesting translation

Mat 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


I saw an interesting translation of this – I’m not saying it’s gospel – just an interesting twist


“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

– grace words spoken by Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 11:28-30, MSG

Who or What is your hope in?

Is your hope in your job, in your finances, in the government taking care of you, in your friends, in your family, or in yourself? All these things can, do and will fail you! But if your hope and expectation is in Christ – you will never be let down!!

  1. Have we any hope within us of a life beyond the grave,
    In the sweet and vernal lands?
    Do we know if this, our tabernacle, were to be dissolved,
    We’ve a house not made with hands?

    • Refrain:
      We have a hope within our souls,
      Brighter than the perfect day:
      God has given us His Spirit,
      And we want the world to hear it,
      All the doubts are passed away.
  2. Blessed hope we have within us is an anchor to the soul,
    It is both steadfast and sure;
    It is founded on the promises of Father’s written word,
    And ’twill evermore endure.
  3. Hope has brought us through the dangers and temptations of the past,
    And we fear not those to come;
    By her blessings we’ll go forward, while our mortal life shall last,
    Then we’ll joyously go home.
  4. Since we’ve walked the strait and narrow way our path has ever shone
    Brighter, brighter, day by day;
    Hope within our hearts assures us it is better farther on,
    It is brighter all the way.
  5. Life will end in joyful singing, “I have fought a faithful fight,”
    Then we’ll lay our armor down;
    And our soul will break the cable here, and take its happy flight,
    To possess a starry crown.         William G. Schell  1893