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“Some of the worst mistakes in my life were haircuts” ― Jim Morrison

Oh if only that were true!  But it is not.  I make plenty of mistakes and many of them involve yarn and needles.  Nonetheless, I am grateful for the experience and nothing keeps me humble like unraveling 50 rows of color work.  I have shared photos of the socks I am making for my son; no need to revisit the scene of the crime.  I am now entering version 3.0.  I really don’t mind because I went into the project knowing that there would be a HUGE learning curve.  I love patterns.  I love well written patterns.  I love following well written patterns.  I am not a modifier by nature. I have never modified a pattern to this degree.  Fortunately, it is springtime in New York, and I have time to tinker with this endeavor before they will be worn.

I don’t necessarily consider this next experience a mistake rather, a lesson in common sense knitting.  I am making the Spindrift Shawl by Helen Stewart.  This is a great pattern!  (thank you, Helen!)  I had the presence of mind to utilize life lines in this pattern (for the first time in my life)  What I failed to do was track what rows contained a life line.  Fortunately, Helen uses a chart which makes it easy to count stitches on the needles to determine the row you are knitting.  Now I place a line every 25 rows.

Have you used life lines before?  I would love to hear how you apply them in your work.

Money is the Root of Something

Often times we hear that money is the root of all evil.  The bible states that it is the LOVE of money that is at that root.  I don’t think anyone can argue with that.  However…as I was folding clothes this morning (some of my greatest revelations come to me while doing housework), I thought of how much I love money.  Let me explain.  Last year, my husband and I started a St. Vincent de Paul conference in our parish.  The purpose of this society is to help the poor; the material poor, emotional poor and the spiritual poor.  Today, thanks to donations to our parish poor box, I was able to write a check to the landlord of a man who was on the verge of eviction.  It was at that moment I realized that this would not have been possible without money, and how much I loved having that money in our conference account!  My faith tells me to seek the face of Christ in everyone I meet.  Everyday, I ask God for the ability to do that, ’cause some days it ain’t easy!  Well, today I saw the face of Christ in money…the money that possessed the generosity and good will of the donor.  How wonderful!  Imagine if we could live our lives this way?  Finding God in the good, the not so good and the unexpected.

I am off to find God in my dust bunnies.

Wishing everyone a Happy Easter, and a spring brimming with hope and blessings!

Peace to all.

ReginaMary

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Oh, yes I did!

A few days back, I asked for advice on a sock I was knitting for my son.  I took the advice of the majority, which was to start over.  If the sock bothered me that much in the early stages, it would always bother me.

So I did.

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I unraveled the sock and started over.  I went from stranded knitting on 5 dpns (black needles, no less…) to knitting on one long circular.  I scrapped the stranded pattern for a solid yellow sock with the Hufflepuff mascot done in duplicate stitch.  So far, I have this:

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The knitting is neater, the ribbing is tighter and my stitches are more even.  Overall, I am very pleased with the decision.  It isn’t going to be the fancy-pants design I dreamed of, but it will be a sock I can be proud to say I made!

Thanks to everyone who sounded in, I appreciate your input.

Oh, by the way…I was not willing to try my first magic loop sock AND stranded knitting at the same time.  You’ll have to wait for that momentous event.