Monday, January 28, 2008

What a Difference a Week Makes

Wow that is so true. Today is beautiful. Very sunny and no snow!!! Yes, I still have my coffee!!!!!!! Am almost finished with my knitting needle purse, I got the back done, started the front, when I was very tired, and had to frog it after about 4 rows, shouldn't knit while I'm tired. But, I started over and we are about half way through. I bought the greatest fabric to line it can't wait to show you. Had the computer guy here yesterday, but alas, we are still working on this picture thing. Is it really that hard?? Also started a fun thing yesterday, I forget where I saw this original idea, but I am painting the tops of my knitting needles with finernail polish. They look very cute and don't hinder the knittting or ruin the needles. Just cute. Bought some yarn this weekend to start Susan B. Anderson's "Elephante". I know your suppose to use your stash, but I didn't have enough in the same gauge. Bought small skeins and not very expensive yarn, something that can be washed. I think I shall knit up two, one for my neice(don't tell Rhonda) and for my nephew. Speaking of my nephew, I got to take care of him Friday, for a couple hours. As I was feeding him his last bottle of the night, while he was all cozy in his fleece-feeted pjs, took me back almost 20 years ago, when I was feeding my first. He'll be 20 in July. My how time flies. When did I blink!! Guess that is it for now, I have to go knit elephants:)

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Wednesday,More Coffee and More Snow!

Okay, two days later, and it still hasn't stopped snowing. We now have several feet(at least) and its still falling. It is pretty though to get a new covering every morning. Gee that reminds me of a bible verse......Lam.3:23. Have been knitting a bag with the "bramble stitch" just a series of purl 3tog. and then in the next stitch, you k1,p1,k1. It is quite cool. If you are a Ravelry member, you can look up knitting needles bag by Pam Allen. Its also in my notebook, which is under Zandersmom. It is going really quickly, and what is so cool besides the stitch, is that you use size 15 needles for the ends(top) . Very cool. Hop onto for a look. Haven't gotten an invite yet? Have you entered for an invite? Its super easy, and as I've said before, a very helpful organizational tool. Guess that's it. Coffee's gone, Wednesday is almost over, and well the snow...............Isn't.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Monday,Coffee and Snow

Well, in case anyone was wondering, winter has officially arrived in Michigan. Holy Cow. I don't think it has stopped snowing here since Friday, and we're suppose to get 3-5 more today, with 1-3 expected tonight. It sure is pretty though. The coffee is good and strong, which one needs on a snowy, Monday morning. I have been knitting up stuff as fast as the snow is coming down. Almost finished with the fingerless mitts. No, they don't take this long, just more stuff gets in the way. Remember the book post? Anyway, did one of the Ballband dishcloths from Mason-Dixon Knitting. Love, Love,Love this pattern. Went to my sister-in-laws on Saturday, and she did one with cotton as her background color, and then did the "stripes" with a wool, then put it in and shrunk it. Like you would felt anything else.. Absolutely inspirational, what resulted, was a little smaller dishrag (I loved the size, it is pretty big) and it was so soft, with the "felted" rows. Would almost make a wonderful face cloth!! UMMMM!! Then I saw on Ravelry, a pattern for a "Nubby" Dishrag. What a cute little thing, just kind of reminded me of vintage for some reason. Very cute and easy. Please go to for the complete pattern. It's really fun and easy. Bible studies are going good. We are working on Beth Moore's Daniel in Sunday School. We are just starting all the prophetic stuff, with lots of references to Revelation. Wow, and I've studied Revelation a couple times, it still makes you stop and think. Lots to keep straight. Does anyone know the four names for the "Little Horn" mentioned in Daniel 7:8? This is a toughy, and yes Rhonda please add your "two cents" :) I had heard all the other four names, and knew they referred to the same being, just didn't know that it was to little horn. Interesting!!!!!!!!!!!! My other study on Ruth will actually be done next week, then I may be teaching a Precept Study. Yikes. Not sure what I'll be teaching yet, going to seek out some godly counsel tomorrow, from someone who has taught lots of them. I'm really not sure "Covenant" would be a good place to start, like jumping into the deep end with a brick!!!!!!!!!!:) Guess that's about all for now. I need to go knit and study, and yes, maybe through a load in the washer. Oh well.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ruth Revealed

Okay, so it is the only title I could think of on only one cup of coffee. However, besides my very wise sister-in-law, did anyone figure out my question? I knew the answer, thought I'd throw it out there and see. Ruth, at the feet of Boaz is a beautiful picture of submission. It was a marriage proposal and was the culture, but it certainly is a good reminder of how we need to submit to God in our lives. I'm pretty sure the Lord is speaking to me. I like the obvious!! I have been feeling the Lord's leading me in my life to something different, didn't know what, but I have gotten alot of confirmation this past weekend, and I always tell the Lord, that I need obvious. Well, as always He comes through. I won't go into details here, but I have been asked to teach(possibly sooner than I thought)the Precept class at our church. Something which I really feel the Lord's leading,then I would have to give up teaching my small group(which I love). However, read a devotional this morning and the verse was John 15:1-2. Where it says, "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away, and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit." The devotion went on to talk about changes in our lives, and how God brings those about, so we can move perhaps to an area that we will be more effective. The Lord does not train his people for no reason. Please pray, as I continue to listen for the Lord's leading. The class I have been asked to teach in on Covenant, talk about diving into the deep end!! But, I know through my weakness, he is made strong. I feel very inadequate to teach such a subject, but it sure would be Christ in me. God's perfect timing is everything!!
For His Purpose,

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Some changes

Okay, many years ago, my mother-in-law wouldn't buy me any more books, because I wouldn't read the ones I had, or it was more like I'd start one and then get excited about another one, and have 4 or 5 books going at the same time. Now, the only difference is, I can't seem to finish a knitting project without starting another one. By the way, I did manage to conquer the book thing. So, I guess I can do the same with knitting. Started on the fingerless mitts, got one done, then I went to baby mitts, and then to Christmas ornaments(don't ask :)). I think you get the idea.
Anyway, like the title of today's post indicates, I have some new things. I know, pics are coming, I promise. However, as I was on the phone with my mom, I got linked into my brothers family blogspot. You will see it to the right. They have 10 great kids, and please visit their blog, its a little better than mine, maybe I can solicite some help from my neice. After all, I did teach two of them to knit ....Hint, Hint. We have a lot of fun when we are together, which isn't often enough, but they are a fun family, as you'll see from their blog.
Started my Precept class Tuesday night!! We are studying the book of Ruth and Kinsman Redeemer. Have all the work done already, so I am anxious for the discussion next week, b/c I am a little confused. I think its probably the times of the culture. Ok, what am I confused about? One of the questions that stumped me, is on Ruth 3, where she goes to Boaz on the threshing floor. Question is, what was she doing? What was she wanting from Boaz? I think I know, but a few verses before that Boaz states that she is a woman of noble character, so my confusion is, is what she did okay for noble women of the day? or am I so confused by our bad culture, that I am reading something into it? Hope this has been clear as mud. Sorry.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Not camera ready yet

Well, got the docking station moved, even took a few pics, but haven't quite got them to here yet. I was setting up my Ravelry notebook, which I love, and realized that most of the FO's that I have done in the last 2 years have gone out the door. I have given probably 90% of what I've done away. So, my pics are of more recent things, and maybe now I can get them cataloged before they go. My latest project, the fingerless mitts out of "Speed Knitting" by Chris Percival, are on the needles, almost finished with one, but of course, can I stick to just one project. NO. I started some baby mitts for my nephew. She reminded me yesterday, that I was going to do a set for him, and after Christmas, we have hit the ground running, and I kind of forgot. So, last night I went through my stash, and found enough "OhMY" yarn to make some lucious mint green mitts. Have one done already and will easy finish the other hopefully this morning. Will try the other pair in CottonTots, blues. However, the weather here is nuts. All of our several feet of snow is gone, yesterday was 65degrees, we will pay for this in April, when we are ready for spring. But wait, this is Michigan, and as they say, "Wait 5 minutes,and the weather will probably change." :) We'll see what tomorrow brings. Onto another subject, our Sunday School class has started the second part of our Beth Moore, Daniel study. This part is all about prophecy. I love this stuff. Trying to get ahead a little, as it takes some serious concentration, when your trying to keep all this stuff straight in your head. Also starting a new bible study tonight, which is a Precept class, and is very time consuming. Hopefully the knitting won't suffer, the housecleaning might though(lol). Well onto studying for a while. Then knitting....then knitting...............

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ravelry Invite

Wow, got my Ravelry invite this morning. I was so excited, that really didn't take very long. Couple of weeks. What a tool!! So much organizational stuff, just under your notebook section. Not to mention the rest of the fun stuff. Organization seems to be a theme for me doesn't it? Maybe the Lord is trying to tell me something :) My username for Ravelry is Zandersmom. Please visit me there as well, I know, I know, I need to get my pics posted. I'm really trying. Please be patient with me.
As for my current projects, I am almost finished with a scarf. I know, kind of boring, but it is my first scarf, doing various lengths of stripes. Kind of fun. It is for a friends daughter away at college. I hope everyone had a great New Years. I realized, as I got into the Ravelry thing this morning, how many projects I have waiting in the wings. Wow.