"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

primal knitting

What I am knitting and what I am reading for Ginny's yarn along?  I am knitting up pickles plain vest in soleil 100% cotton.  The pattern calls for 100 grams each of cotton and merino lace wool but I've been wanting to use this yarn, and with the mish-mosh colors I had left I thought this might be a fun-easy pattern to get creative with. I'm using piquant green with arcadian green for the ribbing. and butter yellow with arcadian green for the stockinette.  I'm hoping that breaking the colors up this way will leave enough yarn to finish the project.  Isn't it exciting when you start a project not knowing that you are going to be able to finish?  Ahem...

I am reading Primal by Mark Batterson.  This is a book that was recommended (and later loaned) to me by my friend Alan (thanks Alan).  I read it in snippets before bed at night which is a good way to read it.

  Whenever I'm reading the Bible and I get to a verse that I already understand or obey, I tend to read really slowly.  I take time to pat myself on the back before turning the page.  But when I get to a verse that I don't understand or don't obey, my natural tendency is to speed-read.  My pace picks up because I don't like the confusion or conviction it causes.  But here's a rule of thumb:  when you feel like reading fast, you need to read slow.  And if you do, God will reveal new patterns of truth.  The truth won't just get into your short-term memory, it will get into your eternal soul.  And instead of just imparting information, it will lead to transformation.  excerpt from chapter 5  

Challenging.  This isn't one of those books that just makes you feel good after reading.  Yet, it does feel good to be challenged doesn't it?  Mark Batterson is a thinker and a doer.  I'm often heavy on the thinking and light on the doing.  I'll be trying harder.

Blessings, Debbie


  1. That's the way I like to watch a movie:)

  2. Hi! I'm no spring chicken, too ;-); five kids, married 22 years. It certainly *is* exciting to start a project wondering if you'll have a enough yarn to get to the end--and, my blood pressure is proof! I have one 50g ball left, and it is looking very doubtful that I will have enough (I have one sleeve and the collar left to knit).

    I like the quote from _Primal_. I'm reading The Message (paraphrase Bible) this year for similar reasons--to make myself pause and see familiar passages afresh.

  3. Just popping in to say "Hi" as part of Yarn Along.

  4. Another "no spring chicken" here too. I married my high school sweetheart, married almost 29 years, 5 children, 1 son in law and 1 granddaughte.
    You are so much braver than I am...I have to make sure I have everything just right before I begin any project. I drive myself nuts!

  5. I love the colours you choose for the pickles plain vest & I can't wait to see it knit up.

  6. Hi! Just reading about the possibility of not having enough yarn made my blood pressure rise. You are a brave woman!!
    I appreciated your earlier post about intentional design. It is nice to sit back and marvel about our Wonderful Creator.

  7. I don't know how to knit, I am just barely learning to crochet. I do admire your beautiful work though!

    Isn't God amazing that he uses His Word to penetrate our heart & soul like He does. Sometimes it can feel like a piercing sword when we aren't doing what we ought to.

    Thanks for sharing...

    blessings to you,
    xoxo Gloria

  8. The vest is cute, can't wait to see it finished.



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