Saturday, January 12, 2019

Winter's Blue

I know I'm a little bit late on this design - thank you all for your patience. It was due to be published on the first day of winter, December 21, 2018. Unfortunately - or maybe fortunately, depends on how you look at it - I moved over the holidays and just couldn't publish on schedule. I was without internet for a couple of weeks before everything got settled in my new place. And BTW - I looooove my new place. I'm much closer to my 82 yr. old mom and my kids and grands. It's such a cozy place, and I'm still working on getting things organized and set up the way I want.

So let's get to my final shawl design for the Poetic Shawls Collection. This is a unique shape - I think a half hexagon. Love the way the stitches reflect snowflakes or frosted windows. I chose a yarn color that really represents the winter theme, and of course, I used Cascade Yarns as with all the four shawls.



Size after blocking: 
Wingspan - 48"
Depth - 28"

Yarn:
Cascade Sarasota
Color 15 - Ultramarine
Need 2 hanks
Per hank: 314 yds.

Hook size: H/5.0mm
Tapestry Needle


As with the previous 3 shawls, this design is inspired by a poem. Here's one of my favorite poets, Sara Teasdale. I really love her writing. I hope you get inspired by it also.


This poem is in the public domain.

The pattern is offered for FREE through end of day on January 15, 2019 CST. In the spirit of goodwill, please DO NOT SHARE coupon codes anywhere online, or by word of mouth. Anyone who wants to join the CAL for free will need to visit this website to obtain discount codes. Feel free to share this post and direct your friends here. I love for everyone to CAL with me and free is the best way!
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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Day


STARTLING


TEXT:  And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.  (Luke 2:8-9)


It was probably a quiet night.  Not much excitement unless something startled the sheep.  The biggest problem was likely to be staying awake.


And then the glorious wake-up call, with an angel surrounded by the glory of God, and the shepherds are on their feet, blinking, shaking.


Something to startle the sheep?  Oh, yes indeed.  Something to startle God’s sheep, to wake them up and bring them to their feet, rubbing their eyes.  A newborn baby, lying in a manger.  A Savior.  God Himself, come down to earth, come to save us.


Because it is startling, isn’t it?  People going about their everyday lives, working or sleeping, sitting, walking, eating—and then God.  God in the middle of us all, sleeping and crying and nursing.  God in a manger, the center of a humble family in a little village in a conquered country.  God-with-us, Immanuel.


But sheep don’t stay startled.  Soon enough they calm down and go back to their grazing.  And we, God’s sheep, also calm down and go back to our everyday lives.  But not alone, this time.  Now we have Jesus.  The God who was born for us, who lived and served and suffered and died for us, the Lord who rose from the dead for us—He has become our Shepherd.  He keeps us in His care forever.


THE PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, thank You for coming to live and to die and to rise again as our Good Shepherd who loves us.  Amen.



REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

What do you know about sheep, and how do you know it?

How do you most resemble a sheep?

What does Jesus do for you as your Shepherd?


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Monday, December 24, 2018

Day 23 of Advent


ACCORDING TO PLAN?


TEXT:  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manager, because there was no place for them in the inn.  (Luke 2:6-7)


How distressed Joseph must have been!  He could get no decent place for his wife to lie down, even though she was plainly about to give birth.  There was no room in the inn.  Whatever relatives they might have had in Bethlehem could not give them a bed.  By this point, Mary no doubt wanted nothing but a place to lie down—any place, so long as it was horizontal; but her husband wanted better for his wife and her baby.


I wonder what Joseph thought of God’s planning at that moment.  It surely didn’t resemble the kind of planning Joseph wanted!  Was he angry?  Frightened?  Worried?  We don’t know.


But in God’s eyes, everything was going according to plan.  Jesus was about to be born in the city of David, in Bethlehem, as God had promised so many years ago: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for Me One who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days” (Micah 5:2).


God came into our world as a human baby between the thighs of a woman in temporary housing.  We don’t even know if Joseph managed to find a midwife to help.  Instead of a cedar cradle, Jesus had a manger to sleep in.  Instead of silk and cloth of gold, Jesus was wrapped in homely swaddling clothes.  This is the birth God planned for Himself as He set in motion His great plan—the plan to redeem us all from the power of death and the devil.


Like Joseph, we too are often distressed when our plans aren’t working out—especially when we see our loved ones suffer as a result.  But we can take comfort in knowing that God cares for them as He cares for us, and He is working out His plans to save us all—through Jesus, our Savior.


THE PRAYER:  Lord, when my plans go wrong, help me to rest in You, trusting that You will see us through.  Amen.



REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

What plans are you making right now?

Tell about a time when your best-laid plans all went awry.

What glimpses have you had of God’s plan for your own life over the years?


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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Day 22 of Advent


DON’T YOU KNOW ME?


TEXT:  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn Son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger …  (Luke 2:6-7)


If you have children, do you remember the first time you were completely responsible for them, with no doctors or nurses or grandparents around?  I remember walking up the steps to our house with my newborn son in my arms thinking, “Where are the grown-ups?  Who’s going to take care of this baby?”  It didn’t seem right that somebody—God?—had trusted me to keep safe a tiny scrap of a human being not three days old.  Didn’t God know me?  Caring for a dog was about as far as I’d gone before!


But for Mary and Joseph, it must have been worse.  This was God’s own Son.  How could two sinful people raise the holy Son of God?  No doubt they felt totally inadequate.  After all, didn’t God know them?  How could He trust His Son to them?


However they felt, they had to go forward.  Joseph made his new family as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, and no doubt he arranged food and looked for better housing.  Mary unpacked the baby things and wrapped Jesus up warmly, and then found Him a safe place to sleep in a manger.  With the help of God, Jesus’ new parents got on with the job, trusting God to mend whatever mistakes they made.


That’s what we have to do too, isn’t it?  Perhaps you are facing some challenge right now that makes you, too, look around, wondering where the grownups are who ought to be dealing with your situation.  You know your own weaknesses all too well.  But to you Jesus says the same thing He said to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.”  And with Paul we can answer, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).  Our Savior Jesus died and rose for us.  He will not leave us alone in any of our challenges.


THE PRAYER:  Father, when I don’t know what to do, give me Your Holy Spirit to guide me and direct me.  Amen.



REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

How do you feel about caring for newborn babies?  Pets?  Sick people?  Is this comfortable for you, or not?

Have you ever felt like a “real adult” ought to be handling your responsibilities instead of you?  If you’re willing, tell the story.

When has God helped you face a challenging situation? 

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