Thursday, January 24, 2013

Trust in the Lord

Psalm 118:8; Hebrews 13:5-6, 8

It’s better to trust in the Lord than in men,
‘Cause people will fail you again and again.
It’s not that they mean to; they simply fall short
Of our expectations for love and support.

But God isn’t like that. His love never fails,
And even in trials, His goodness prevails.
He never will leave us. He’s faithful and strong.
He’s righteous and holy and can’t do what’s wrong.

The Lord is our helper, defender, and friend.
On Him and His Word we may safely depend.
He keeps every promise. He listens and cares,
And He is the One who can answer our prayers.

I trust You, Lord Jesus, and call on Your name.
Today and forever You’re always the same.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sorting Needles

   I have felt knitting rolls to organize my straight needles and crochet hooks, but circular needles  are harder to store.

This may or may not look like an improvement over this:

But if feels like an improvement to me, as each needle is labeled, saving me having to get out my needle gauge when I want a circular needle.

   I was inspired to make this by a needle organizer I saw somewhere online that used wooden spools glued together in a fashion similar to my crocheted loops. At first I was going to sew loops in the ribbon, but my ribbon wasn't long enough. So, instead I crocheted chains of 10 stitches, joined and single crocheted around again. Then I sewed them on to the ribbon using both ends of the yarn. The main benefit of this design was that is gave me a purpose for some of the Red Heart yarn I invariably have on hand. It's not stretchy enough for knitting, but it is strong and unbreakable, so it is great for this project. The little plastic curtain rings I use for stitch markers would have worked, too, but I didn't think of that soon enough.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Owl Afghan

   It seems to be that season in my life when friends and relatives are getting married. Hopefully I can keep up on afghans. This one pleased me more than usual. I like it so much that I didn't even mind fidgeting with French knots for the owl eyes.

   The afghan is adapted from Margaret MacInnis' Waffling Owl Afghan block, which is a free Ravelry download. I used Caron Simply Soft yarn, and the drape is beautiful. I knit the blocks in 4 strips of 5 squares each, and I added seed stitch to the side edges of the blocks.

The wedding is today.
Blessings to the happy couple!

Monday, January 7, 2013

Stars and Squares Afghan

The recipients of this afghan eloped.

They can keep me from coming to the wedding, but they can't keep me from knitting an afghan!
Unfortunately I didn't get a good picture. ~ Afghans are very hard to photograph.

   The pattern is The Quilt Look Afghan from Lion Brand ~ and I followed it almost exactly. If I were to make it again, there are some things I would do differently ~ but I probably won't.

   The directions for the stars say to switch to circular needles when you get enough stitches. I didn't. Instead, as the work progressed, I kept my stitches on the double points by corking the ends. I used only four needles, which left me with one needle with less stitches than the others. This one I didn't cork, giving me an extra reminder of where the end of the round was.