Sunday, May 31, 2009

Knitting Wedding Washclothes

Here I am...knitting in the park.

I used to knit when I was in college, and made a yellow and orange striped afghan (I was very into orange and yellow) and a teal lace shawl. I used to sit there in political meetings protesting whatever and knit.... Then I stopped knitting. But knitting, like hand sewing, is very relaxing, and I decided to take it up again to knit some scarves as Christmas gifts. I find it extremely beneficial when I am so tired from work that I can hardly move, but I can knit, so that while I try to recuperate, I can at least be a bit productive. So far, I have tried only simple things, not yet up to making lacey shawls, and definitely not into making sweaters, as my grandmother and mother did. But I have made some scarves and these wedding washcloths.

Wedding Washcloths, pattern compliments of Purlbee.

There are tons of fun patterns for washcloths on the Internet, but I chose this very simple one. AI've made wedding washcloths for two lovely young women--the daughter and daughter-in-law of a close friend--who have recently married. I find myself doing rework whenever necessary, since a mistake creates an alternative pattern and is seen as a flaw immediately. Purlbee supplies nice patterns for scarves and simple stitches and ways to get practice and self-confidence to maybe go onto the next step, as I hope to someday.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Life: Imagine the Potential

Another ad from CatholicVote.Org--telling the truth and spreading hope.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

A Summer Quilt Tour, Anyone?

Quilt--a mix of the old and the new--from the 2008 Sister Outdoor Quilt show in Oregon.

The Wall Street Journal has an article on country quilt tours with a slideshow of quilts and quilt paintings on barn doors. The article also features a listing of quilt shows around the country this summer. The Journal article by Meg Cox notes this happy news: "The number of quilt makers in the U.S. has doubled in the past decade, as new tools, like quilt-design software, have spread. There has been a corresponding explosion in the number of quilt shows, and they aren’t just for those who stitch or collect. Go and be dazzled." I can just picture it now: I take a summer driving tour across the United States with a quilt-show itinerary! I bet I'd meet a lot of great people too.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Babies Are Smiling Today

According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of the American people are pro-life. As the Gallup report indicates, a dramatic shift has occurred in the last year. I do not know why this is the case, but I can only think it is good news, even if part of this shift is a result of Hollywood's boosting of single motherhood. It is also the result of the patient and arduous work of pro-life Americans to organize alternatives for women who are in "crisis pregnancies" and the work of organizations like Feminists for Life, who have fought on college campuses to make it possible for young women and young couples to get support to continue their education and also have a child. It is good news, because it means that a majority of Americans affirm the sanctity of life or at least want to say that they do. It means that one group of Americans, who were previously "pro-choice," have changed their minds, and that is all to the good.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day Everyone!

Is it not to be wondered if Mother's Day is a day in which mothers are thanked or in which we give thanks? I am so thankful to be a mother, I hardly feel as if I need thanks from anyone else, least of all from the one who has brought so much to my life.

Enjoy the five-question meme on motherhood at Willow Manor, and have a lovely day!