Sunday, June 3, 2018

Etsy Shop Closed

Maybe they did it on purpose. Maybe Etsy doesn’t want little people like me keeping their shops open and cluttering up their site. In any case, I closed mine today. After trying unsuccessfully to view my page, I realized that keeping the site just wasn’t worth the trouble it cost me to be always learning to navigate the updates. I may still post free patterns here on my blog. And my for-purchase patterns are available at

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Butterflies or Foxes' Eyes

As I was knitting this afghan, I daydreamed about providing you with the pattern. Writing patterns, however, is much less pleasant work than knitting, so now that the afghan is complete, I have other projects to work on, and you will need to figure the pattern out much the way I did. I have given it away, so I don't even have the measurements.

Nonetheless, in case you want to make something similar, I will give you a few hints. I used Cascade Yarns Sateen worsted. It has a lovely feel, stitch definition, and drape, but it is very difficult to knit without splitting the stitches, so I don't recommend it. 

The pattern is "Eyelet Butterflies" from Leisure Arts Sampler Afghans. I think the pattern looks more like fox eyes than butterflies, and since it is an "either/or" baby blanket, I figure the baby can decide his or her preference.

I made a seed stitch border of 8 stitches, knit 18 stitches in stockinet, one 30 stitch repeat of the pattern stitches, approximately 35 stitches of stockinet, another repeat of the pattern, 18 stitches of stockinet, and 8 stitches of seed stitch border. Any other afghan sampler pattern could be used in place of the butterflies.

If using a seed stitch border, cast on an odd number of stitches, so both sides are the same. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Keep Your Cup Holder Clean

Perfect way to keep your yarn while knitting in the car -- until you need to stop for coffee.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Sometimes when it is too hot to knit, I make Scripture memes. Thanks to Unsplash for the pictures.


Saturday, March 11, 2017


What is the source of Christian joy? We live in “the present evil world” (Gal 1:4) with darkness all around us. We look at the world and see that the imagination of men’s hearts is only evil continually (Gen 6:5). Paul says he was “troubled on every side, but not distressed.” (2 Cor 4:9) Why not distressed? Because “God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts.” (v.6).

As Christians, we have “all joy and peace in believing.” We need not be cast down by the events going on in the world around us. As Moody says, “Though it is dark just here, remember it is light somewhere else.  . . . If you are down in the valley amidst the thick fog and the darkness, get a little higher; get a little nearer to Christ, and know more of him.” (The Way to God, pp. 131-2 )

Our joy is anchored in Christ and it is no more effected by the sin around us than our love is, despite growing in all knowledge and discernment. (Phil 1:10) Abraham’s faith was in no way harmed by the sins of Sodom. He was entirely separate from them, and it was no concern of his what the Sodomites did at their public games or performed in their theaters. So it is for the Christian who is separate from the world and its forms of entertainment.

Those Christians, however, who have pitched their tents towards Sodom or even moved into town to participate in its activities and enjoy its entertainment, will be like Lot who “vexed his righteous soul day by day” because he was continually “seeing and hearing” their unrighteous deeds. (2 Peter 2:8) Indeed, those who entertain themselves with the world’s affairs are in grave danger of losing their joy. They will be always in a tizzy about what they see on the television screen and what they hear from Washington or Hollywood. The answer to this is not to get themselves more comfortable in Sodom and to go on watching its entertainment and teaching their children to do so. The answer is to get more of Christ and leave the world to the world. Let the dead bury the dead and get on with life in Christ.

Much of the sin of Sodom, according to the Scriptures, was: “fullness of bread and abundance of idleness.” (Ezekiel 16:49). A culture that caters to the flesh in the same way that Sodom did can not provide suitable entertainment for Christians, and they should not be surprised if their righteous souls are vexed when they indulge in it. If, however, they are not vexed, they should question whether they have righteous souls.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kids' Sweaters

Most of my knitting is packed up and given away before I get around to posting a picture, but recently a couple of sweaters returned to me in a most delightful package.

These are variations on Lillie's Little Sweater by Carol Anderson of Cottage Creations, a nice, basic sweater, not nearly as cute as the grandkids, but a fun project and a wearable product.