Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Expectations

I'm still thinking about expectations, and the saying, Expectations ruin relationships. This is a true statement when applied to selfish and ridiculous expectations, but it can't apply to all expectations, for it seems to me that a friendship without expectations is no friendship it all. 

Expectations in Friendship

If I can’t expect a smile;
Can’t expect a friendly chat;
Can’t drop in and stay a while,
Then what kind of friend is that?

If I dare not speak my mind;
Dare not open up my heart,
Then my friend, however kind,
Is but friend to me in part.

I expect to trust my friend,
And expect that trust returned.
Expectations cannot end,
Where true friendship has been learned.

When you give what you expect,
Sometimes more, but never less,
Then your friendship you protect
From the snare of selfishness.

If you don’t expect at all;
Only give and never take,
Your capacity is small
Deep and mutual friends to make.

Expectations are not wrong —
Only foolish ones resist;
Those that flow from love belong;
Friends without them don't exist.

Linked to WholeHeartedHome

Wednesday, May 1, 2013


This knit apple was an accident. I was making a red ball, but as I stuffed it, I saw an apple. To make it, follow the pattern for Brent's sphere. I made the larger size and used Red Heart Super Saver yarn with size 4 needles, but you can make any size. Mine is 3 1/2 inches in diameter and 4" tall.

Stuff with fiber fill, leaving space at the top. After you sew the top together, draw your yarn downward and sew a knot in the bottom of the apple. Then tie a knot in a long strand of brown yarn, run it through the bottom near your red knot, and up to the top indent in the apple. At the top, cast three stitches on to a double point needle. Make an I-cord to desired length. Bind off the three stitches and run your yarn into the apple.