Friday, October 31, 2014

hello from the Oregon coast :)

With a hot cup of espresso, a warm fire, the sound of rain dripping outside, and the quiet and peace that comes from rising early, I bid a happy Reformation Day to you all. I'm not big on Halloween and instead prefer to remember the work of reformation begun by Luther way back in 1517 -- almost 500 years ago today. Understand, I'm not against cute costumes and little kids and candy or even trick or treating and harvest parties; it's the icky, scary side of Halloween that we avoid.

But back to the Reformation...

The following brief podcast by Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. isn't so much about Luther but about the finding the courage to light a new reformation.


Wishing you courage and peace,

~Lisa

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

hello, a link, and Luther :)

A quick hello and a link to my Jessica's blog where she's posted more pics of our family day two Sundays ago...

For my own sake, as this little blog of mine has truly become the way I journal our life's happenings, I'm working on an omni-post of sorts to catch up on October that likely won't go up until sometime next week since we're leaving for a long weekend at the Oregon coast.

So thankful for house sitters, so thankful for beach houses and bartering, so thankful for friends and family and our church, so thankful for another revolution around the sun, so thankful for the Reformation and Luther! We'll be watching this on Friday night:

Luther (2003) Poster

See you soon,

~Lisa

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Friday, October 24, 2014

one month later...



Sheepishly, I'm popping in to say hello. Catching my breath after the whirlwind that has been my life these past few weeks which were spent traveling, loving, laughing, working, knitting, reading, learning.

Happy that Jess and Zack are back in Vancouver and rejoicing that nearly all our children gathered round our table last Sunday after church.

Wondering who those oldish looking people are in the photo Jess took of us last Sunday. Oh my.

Hoping to share here again soon -- next week? Maybe?

xo,

~Lisa

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tending my yarn garden...



With school starting, mountains of tomatoes to turn into sauce, and the rest of life to navigate, I have made little progress on either my brown baby cardi or my Silverstar wrap. :( 

But it's all good. We're leaving on Friday morning for a weekend road trip (will share on Monday) that will provide tons of car-knitting time since I won't be in the driver's seat. Lord willing, both these projects will be FO's by next Wednesday since both are close! Holiday knitting is calling, and new pattern ideas are demanding to be tried out -- time to make up some swatches! Honestly, I don't like swatching very much, but I'm forcing myself since I really think it helps. Do you swatch?

The Old Man and the Sea is the first of a long list of American literature selections we'll be reading this year... It's going to be a good year. I picked the Hemingway to start with since it's an easy read, and being a rather short story, a quick one to finish to give my AnnaLynn an early success. You may have noticed, if you follow my Yarn Along posts, that I'm not a big literature person...this is the year we hope to remedy that. I'm combining two literature resources this year: Teaching Language Arts through Literature's Gold Book which is based on American lit. and Omnibus III. Because I'll be reading along with Daniel and Anna, I needed to combine to be sure we were reading books that met all our interest levels. And despite early grumbles from my horse loving girl (who always has a horse book on her nightstand), she's actually liking our first pick! What resources do you or have you used for American lit?  :)

Before I sign off, I have to make sure you didn't miss my big announcement made earlier today...my Chevron Cherub Wrap pattern is now available, and it's freeThanks for all the sweet comments, my friends!!


What's on your needles? What have you been reading?
Joining Ginny  :)

~Lisa

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Introducing the Chevron Cherub Wrap pattern!

Please pardon my tardiness in sharing the terrific news! My Chevron Cherub Wrap pattern is now available!! And it's FREE! I am so honored to have had my pattern published by KnitPicks!


above photos by me :)


and a few by KnitPicks (thank you!)

The Chevron Cherub Wrap is a beautifully striped, lightweight baby blanket made super soft with Knit Picks Cotlin DK yarn! Alternating colors on eyelet-laced chevron rows surrounded by a garter stitch border are created using stockinette stitch, yarn overs, and the central double decrease for skill building. Knit in monochromatic shades or contrasting colors, the stitch pattern is easily memorized while providing interest for the knitter.

Size: 32" wide x 29" long
Yarn: KnitPicks' CotLin DK Yarn
Yardage: 738
Needles: Size 5 (3.75mm) 24” circular needles

Find it on Ravelry in my pattern shop: Lisa's Yarn Garden or directly through KnitPicks!

Stay tuned for more pattern news coming soon! :)

~Lisa

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