Sunday, March 1

March Sponsor News...

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Wednesday, February 25

Yarn Along: Stone Cottage...



I bought six skeins of Cascade 220 in charcoal gray (What an unimaginative name!  How about Stone Cottage?) around Thanksgiving.  I knew that I wanted the yarn to become a sweater, but wasn't sure what pattern to use.  I was tooling around on the internet on Friday night (freshly off the glow of finishing my Audry Hat) and spotted the Neckdown Boat Neck Pullover.  I cast on at soon as the pattern printed and was able to finish all of the neckline ribbing before I fell asleep.  I divided for the sleeves on Sunday afternoon and now only have about six inches left before I cast off the body!  I can't believe it!

I'm reading a few books currently (most notably, The Scent of Holiness), but am listening to the Serial Podcast at night while I knit.

Edited to Add:  If you read an earlier version of this Yarn Along (or came across it when it looked a bit crazy with huge pictures and no text), I apologize.  I was adding a photograph with my phone and accidentally deleted the content of the post and had to re-create it.  So sorry about that!

Tuesday, February 24

Stepping Through the Wardrobe...

I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realized that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it. I shall probably be too deaf to hear, and too old to understand a word you say, but I shall still be your affectionate Godfather, C. S. Lewis.”
C.S. Lewis
 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


A dear church friend mentioned that "the woods outside the sanctuary looked like we might have 'stepped through the wardrobe'" on Sunday morn and she was right!  Her comment made me think that perhaps a little Aslan would be a good way to start Great Lent this year, so the children and I spent hours listening to The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe yesterday and today as we sat by the fire.  I think that we may have stumbled upon a new Lenten tradition!  Thank you, dear Katherine! 

 I wish that I had gotten out to take photographs before Liturgy.  There was still a great deal of snow on the ground, it was raining, and fog had rolled in (what a combination!).  The fog drifted back in during the late afternoon and so I hot-footed it out to capture some of the beauty just before Forgiveness Vespers.  We are blessed to live in such a glorious place.

Monday, February 23

On the First Day of Great Lent...

 O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, despair, lust of power, and idle talk.

But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience, and love to Thy servant.

Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for blessed art Thou, unto ages of ages. Amen.

The Lenten Prayer of Saint Ephrem


 The Great Lent Learning Basket can be found HERE.

Sunday, February 22

Forgive Me a Sinner...

As today is Forgiveness Sunday, I would like to ask you to please forgive me for any offense that I have cause you. I hope that you have a blessed Lenten season.

Saturday, February 21

Ten Tips for the Great Fast...

1. Regardless of how you fast, fast every single day. This type of fasting helps wear down the passions and build spiritual endurance.

2. Know exactly what the fasting regulations are and try to approximate them as best you can. Each Lent, try to be more strict yet humble.

3. Particular concerns about fasting? Age, health issues, never fasted before, mixed-marriages? Speak with your priest.

4. Be sure to recite the Lenten prayer of Saint Ephraim. If you cannot make prostrations just make bows or cross yourself.

5. On weekends, we do not make prostrations and our fasting is slightly relaxed since Saturday and Sunday are holy days.

6. The Lenten services and tones are offered only during the week –
strive to participate as much as possible in these services and the spirit of lent will rub off on you.

7. Sports and outdoor activities are not contrary to the Lenten spirit.

8. Strive to avoid going to movies, parties, vacations, and other entertainments. This we do so we can have more time to devote to spiritual things.

9. Confession and Holy Communion are central to securing the benefits of Lent. Without fail, we should receive the Sacraments during the period of Great Lent.

10. Be mindful of what we look at and how much time we spend on TV and computer. Some give up TV for all of Lent. Others strictly limit their time and watch only educational and news programs. Surfing on the web? Hit the theological sites.

Friday, February 20

Yarrow Bloom Audrey...

My first Audrey Hat is complete!  I decided to only do three repeats of the body rather than four once I tried it on.  I love how it fits and it will be great to wear this cozy hat with the cold front that is moving in tonight. 

Here are some of my notes:  I was following along with Amanda's first Hat Along on Fringe.  The pattern was very easy to follow.  It took me three days to complete!  I used Madeline Tosh DK in the Yarrow Bloom colorway.  Though the pattern called for size 6 needles, I went with size 5s for two reasons:  I have a small head and apparently don't own size 6 needles with a 16" cord!  The 5s worked perfectly for a hat that is roomy but not falling down over my eyes.

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