The Horror of Blocking

I am now one of over 8000 knitters that have made the Ranunculus Sweater. I thought it would be a great layering piece not only over this long white blouse but maybe over a blue or black summer dress to protect sunburned shoulders from the evening breeze. I took this picture before I blocked theContinue reading “The Horror of Blocking”

Confessions of a Bag Lady

I love bags. I also like starting knitting projects. Casting on something new is always a thrill and I go hard at it. Then I hit a point in the pattern that causes me to have to try something new or takes more concentration than I have in the moment and the project joins myContinue reading “Confessions of a Bag Lady”

Tearing out the Ranunculus Sweater

There is that moment when the voice in your head lets you know that something is wrong. If you ignore it, the voice gets louder and more incredulous. Why are you continuing to knit when you know the stitches aren’t adding up? I don’t know, I thought I could fix it. This sweater as ofContinue reading “Tearing out the Ranunculus Sweater”

The Importance of Finished Objects

I’m a sweater knitter. Very occasionally, I’ll knit a hat or a mitten or a fingerless glove but I mainly knit complex sweaters. I’m convinced this is why I have many works in progress (WIPs). I get to a section that is difficult and I tend to put the project in time out and moveContinue reading “The Importance of Finished Objects”

The Forgiveness of Scrubbies

By The Rev. Karulynn Koelliker Have you ever picked up your knitting when anxious or angry or impatient and found that the stitches were too tight?  You had to struggle to get the needle into the stitch to complete a new stitch and the new stitch did not want to slide like it should onContinue reading “The Forgiveness of Scrubbies”

Forget Your Perfect Offering by Sr. Diana

   When I was a beginning, baby beader, I didn’t know that there are many brands and qualities of beads, so I have acquired a plethora of beads; some better than others. In the midst of Day 1 of Contemplative Knitting Beading, reflecting on Julie’s thoughtful commentary about what God needs to pull out ofContinue reading “Forget Your Perfect Offering by Sr. Diana”

Rascally Rabbits by Rev. Patti Blaine

Rascally Rabbits I struggle with contemplative practices. I am fairly good at being silent, being still, being solitary. I am an extreme introvert, after all. My thoughts, though. They scurry and rabbit around like, well, rabbits. One thought can produce ten more, and off I go, sitting silent, still, solitary, but planning the next day’sContinue reading “Rascally Rabbits by Rev. Patti Blaine”