Knitting by Blind Faith

Busy Weekend
Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:00 am
Filed under: Knitting,Life

After a long week at work, I was really looking forward to sitting down with a good book and my knitting Friday night. I’m working on felted booties for RAM, and on Friday, I settled down in my rocking chair to listen to an enthralling audionovel by Jodi Picoult–one of my favorite authors–and to knit.

RAM came home, so I was forced to put everything down and fix dinner, which was probably a good thing because I was hungry, too. Then, we got engrossed in a movie as I worked on the heel. After I finished the heel turn, I stopped to count stitches. I was one short! I inspected my work. No holes anywhere… Then, I see it. One of the edge stitches is waving in the breeze 17 rows back! I groaned. Nothing left to do but go back and fix it, this time, accompanied by the local news.

The lesson: don’t do anything but mindless stockinette when you don’t intend to concentrate on your knitting. And I took my own advice…for the rest of the weekend, anyway.

Saturday, we met friends for lunch and ate at a restaurant on the river and then ran some errands. We went and saw RAM’s parents Saturday night and got together with them for Chinese on Sunday. RAM’s sock accompanied me and was pulled out in spare moments.

Midnight blue sock with leg, heel, and most of the foot completed.

Okay, I know it looks like it could fit Godzilla, but it’s going to be felted, remember? (These booties are being knit using the Magic Loop method.)

RAM and I capped off the weekend by spending a couple of hours by the pool, and when we got back, I ordered my ball winder, swift, and Eucalan Woolwash. They were Valentine’s Day gifts from RAM that I just now got around to ordering (I was actually waiting for the swift to come in; it was out of stock). I am so excited that I actually paid for 3-day shipping!

The Five Finger Prayer
Friday, March 28, 2008, 7:39 am
Filed under: Reflections

My good friend Judah sent this prayer to me, and it has helped to gently remind me of my prayer priorities. Despite our best intentions, I think it is human nature to look at God as a magic genii waiting to grant our every wish rather than the Holy One who deserves far more respect than any world leader.

It’s true that He loves us more than any human could, but He wants us to love and worship Him, too. I think that selfless prayer is one of the best ways to do that. It also puts our own desires into perspective.

The Five Finger Prayer

1. Your thumb is nearest you. So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you. They are the easiest to remember. To pray for our loved ones is, as C. S. Lewis once said, a “sweet duty.”

2. The next finger is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and heal. This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers. They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction. Keep them in your prayers.

3. The next finger is the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president (or prime minister), leaders in business and industry, and administrators. These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

4. The fourth finger is our ring finger. Surprising to many is the fact that this is our weakest finger, as any piano teacher will testify. It should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. They need your prayers day and night. You cannot pray too much for them.

5. And lastly comes our little finger – the smallest finger of all which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others. As the Bible says, “The least shall be the greatest among you.” Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other four groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

Isn’t She Adorable?
Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 7:37 am
Filed under: Knitting

Niece in Baby Sweater

This is my niece in the sweater that Abigail made for her. Isn’t she adorable??? (This is the part where you say, “Ahhh!”)