Two Stockings, One To Go

Related to the previous post, I have completed the second of three stockings for a friend's grandchildren. This one is for Shelli rather than a random "she" as displayed in the pic.

Although not visible here, the white and green yarns have strands of glitter throughout. The red is Plymouth Encore.All the yarn is from stash and was crocheted with an H hook. The crocheted chain tie is stitched in place with bells on the ends. Additional bells ring-a-ling-ling from the points of the triangular tree, which was crocheted, then appliqued to the stocking.

The free pattern is at

Are you making any stockings this Christmas?

I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.   Psalms 69:30


One Stocking, Two To Go!

A friend asked me to knit three Christmas stockings for her grandchildren. After due consideration, I said I could crochet three by the week before Christmas. That is fine with her, so here is the first one done for Riley. This is made from the toe up by starting with a circle, then working the foot from there. Improvising as I worked along, I used sc and dc with an H hook and worsted weight yarn.

The name is crocheted in while carrying the red yarn. I then crocheted a Santa to sew on the stocking and crocheted a chain to weave through the dcs for decoration. Some bells added to Santa's hat, the toe, and the ends of the tie bring some jingle to this project which I made in a day. Quickie!
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.   ~ 1Corinthians 13:7


Thankfully Reading Weekend

Perfect for our quiet holiday weekend---reading! No rules, no reports, no prizes---simply read, read, read. The kids and grands won't be around, so DH and I are going to help with the local Community Dinner which leaves plenty of reading time over the weekend. Want to join? Click on the above link to join and gobble-gobble-gobble some good books.
And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow, just as our love for you overflows.

~ 1 Thessalonians 3:12


Friday Fill-In #141

1. We need smiles, hugs, and happies.

2. The mail arrived and it made me smile.

3. If you want, I can knit a Christmas stocking for you.

4. I am saved because Jesus died for me.

5. Massachusetts has a proposed 5% sales tax on elective cosmetic surgery; I think its an unfair tax.

6. Family makes for a happy holiday.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to dinner and cards with friends, tomorrow my plans include going to a Christmas tree exhibit with a friend and Sunday, I want to knit, crochet, and read!


No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
~ 1 John 4:12


Bulls Island---Help Needed

Bulls Island Bulls Island by Dorothea Benton Frank

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Much to my disappointment, this book read like a hybrid of a Harlequin Romance and a Lifetime TV movie script. I had to skim through parts of it because of the predictable dialogue and linear development. Star-crossed lovers meet again in a business situation. Of course, there's a son that the female lead character had never revealed to the former fiance. Well, it rolls on from there with family entanglements, a death, anger, and forgiveness. Moments of humor brought some relief to the stagnant story line but not enough to make it an enjoyable story for this reader.

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Merci, Rainey Sisters!

The Merci Scarf is finished and is now actively--well, passively--blocking. I used Cascade The Heathers 220 in a soft shade of heather gray and size 8s.

The pattern is available here:

The seed stitch rib is a very defined stitch--more so than it appears here. Soon I'll roll it up, tie a bow around it, and save for the Christmas stocking of DS#2. The pattern is easy enough for mindless knitting, yet pretty enough that I didn't get bored with it.
A glad heart makes a happy face; a broken heart crushes the spirit.
~ Proverbs 15:13


Blue Hat Brigade

Love the shadings in this "Fantasy" colorway from Dark Horse Yarns ( Its a nylon and acrylic blend that is very soft and a good choice for chemo caps. I loved working with it, but found it to be splitty. The knots! Two of three balls had knots. One ball had two knots in it. Not good! It knitted up beautifully on sizes 6 and 7 needles.

After mailing a chemo cap to dear SIL, I decided to make hats using the same yarn for the rest of the family. A Blue Hat Brigade of solidarity and support as he endures his treatments. His hat is stockinette with a roll brim. The hats are based on the "Beanie" pattern on page 17 of Knitting Little Luxuries by Louisa Harding. A few adaptations gave a bit of style to each hat.

This is for youngest DGS.

This hat looks wonky because I didn't get it shaped correctly for the pic. You get the idea, though. A basket weave pattern for eldest DGS.

I covet your prayers for DD, Dear SIL, and the children as their lives have been shaken by the cancer diagnosis.

God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory.


Friday Fill-Ins #149

#149 we go!

1. Plans and schedules are meant to be adjusted .

2. I'm happy when things fun and exciting .

3. The last thing I drank was Diet Coke, of course!

4. One of the most valuable things in my life is my Christian faith.

5. I like gold jewelry on my pizza. :)

6. Dear November, may we go back to June and start again?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to knitting, tomorrow my plans include shopping at Prairie Center, and Sunday, I want to attend Jayden's first birthday party!
With joy you will drink deeply from the fountain of salvation!
~ Isaiah 12:3


Flashier Than Flashy

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Lailah is a flashy fawn Boxer because of her white markings. However, when she dons her red velour coat with the reflective stripes, she's...well...flashier than flashy, doncha know? The amount of time she wears the coat is approximately the same amount of time it took to snap this picture. It is a little snug, I must admit. She does like her coat even though she doesn't wear it. I learned this when I was reading and realized there was a rrripping sound that was clearly audible and not my vivid imagination while engrossed in a novel. A novel in which, I must emphasize, there was no ripping of any kind. Little Lailah had gathered her beautiful red coat in her front paws and snuggled into it as she played with the Velcro tabs.

Let 'er rrrrrrrrrip!!
And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
~ Eph. 3:18