Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another July Craft-a-Poem

Here is another square for July. It is called Royal Romance and was inspired by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I really enjoyed creating this square. The center motif is doily-like and adds a certain elegance to the overall look, I think.

The accompanying piece is not a poem. It is the prayer that William and Kate composed together for their wedding. I thought that it was very touching. 

“God our Father, we thank you for our families; for the love that we share and for the joy of our marriage In the business of each day keep our eyes fixed on what is real and important in life and help us to be generous with our time and love and energy. Strengthened by our union help us to serve and comfort those who suffer. We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Craft-a-Poem is sponsored by Sara from Lazy Knits and Purls. This is my second summer installment. Wasn't the royal wedding just wonderful? What thoughts do you have about it? What will you remember most?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

July Craft-a-Poem

The monthly Craft-a-Poem contest is now a seasonal event. So my first offering for the Summer season is the Patriot Star 8" block that I designed especially for Independence Day. It is worked up in the Unique Sheep Verve in Red, White and Blue with a size C / 2.75 mm hook. 


And here is the poem that goes with the square:

The Star Spangled Banner by: Francis Scott Key 1814

O say, can you see by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? -
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming!
And the rocket’s red glare, the bomb’s bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
O say, does that star spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
On that shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the beam, of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream;
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! O, long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
O, thus be it ever where freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
Praise the power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In god is our trust”;
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

We're all familiar with the first stanza, but how much do we know of the rest of the poem? Not much I presume. At least I didn't. But isn't it a beautiful poem? And how appropriate for this month.
Thanks to Sara form Lazy Knits and Purls for hosting the Craft-a-Poem event. It has been so much fun and I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have so far. I look forward to bringing you more of my creations as well as poetry.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Cameo Flower - 12" square

This pattern is written for worsted weight yarn and uses a size J hook. It works up to a 12"X12" square. It would work wonderfully in an afghan, lapghan or for a square swap. You will purchase the pattern only, not the finished product.

USD: $2.00