For the Season

The Adoration of the Shepherds, 1644-1648 Attributed to Carel Fabritius (Dutch, 1622-1654) Rijks Museum
Aanbidding door de herders [The Adoration of the Shepherds], 1644-1648
Attributed to Carel Fabritius (Dutch, 1622-1654)
Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam)

He did not wait till the world was ready,
till men and nations were at peace.
He came when the Heavens were unsteady,
and prisoners cried out for release.

He did not wait for the perfect time.
He came when the need was deep and great.
He dined with sinners in all their grime,
turned water into wine. He did not wait

till hearts were pure. In joy he came
to a tarnished world of sin and doubt.
To a world like ours, of anguished shame
he came, and his Light would not go out.

He came to a world which did not mesh,
to heal its tangles, shield its scorn.
In the mystery of the Word made Flesh
the Maker of the stars was born.

We cannot wait till the world is sane
to raise our songs with joyful voice,
for to share our grief, to touch our pain,
He came with Love: Rejoice! Rejoice!

“First Coming” by Madeleine L’Engle

Merry Christmas to you and yours ~ Amanda

Some Christmas Crafting

I didn’t mean to let two weeks get away from me there, but…nope, can’t blame work, can’t blame the Thanksgiving holiday–I have to blame the library book! That’s okay, I’m always happy when a book is so enjoyable it overtakes my free time. But now back on track.

The knitting has been slow lately. We had a sharp cold spell + early heavyish snow (for not being in a lake-effect zone) that reminded me that I need to finish up a scarf/cowl thing I’ve been working on forever. However, that’s all I managed to do with it–remember. I keep poking away at my les Abeilles, but it’s really been the non-knitting that’s calling to me.

SnowmanCrossStitch

I’ve had this cross-stitch snowman in progress for years. (In fact it was part of my 2013 goals to finish. Fail. Also, the 2013 picture was better.) Finally, I find myself picking it up as my current go-to. So this little snowman’s to blame for the current knitting stall. It’s been the perfect companion for the continuing ed I’ve had to finish up by the end of the year. And for TV watching. I finally feel like I’ve made some real progress and maybe I might actually finish–well not this year, but maybe in 2015. I do need that scarf though.

And then there’s the super-fun, super-easy project I did on Friday.

SnowJars

Just some empty jars, add some Epsom salt for snow and some trees and mini gifts from the local craft store. I think I spent more time in line at the store than it took to put them together! The idea isn’t mine; I saw it HERE by way of one of the book blogs I read (pity I didn’t have nice antique jars like hers to use). Now I feel like I just need a Rudolph and the scene’s complete. I don’t usually do much specifically for Christmas, but these were too fun and easy to pass up. And uh-oh, I have one other project for the holidays that I might try to get to. I won’t actually need that scarf soon will I?

Easing In

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So. I seem to be in one of those “do things” moods that don’t necessary strike all that often, but that I try to take advantage of whenever they do happen. Especially as they usually seem to result in baked goods at the end. (Bread currently in the oven.) So far, I’ve managed not only to stir up the aforementioned bread (really simple recipie – it’s taken me longer to type this than to stir it up), mix up some hot cocoa mix for the coming weeks, take some autumnal garden photos, and finally, finally catch up on blog reading (which, since I subscribe to way too many book blogs and book bloggers tend to be wordy, can take some time). So while I was at it, I might as well finally get back to the knit blog, right? Especially since I’ve actually been knitting lately.

Although it’s been a bit busy this fall (work, mostly–there was this crazy two-week period with back-to-back deadlines–never again!), the pull of the knitting needles has been strong. I finished one project I started in the spring, I’ve passed the half-way point on another, and some non-knitting crafts have been worked on as well. There’s another forthcoming project planned, and isn’t it about time to finally finish the scarf to match my hat? (Maybe if I do that, winter won’t be quite so…wintery…this year.) And I’ve decided that I want to be more faithful not just to the knitting/crafting, but to the blog. Once weekly posts will be just right, I think. There’s a bit of a mini-backlog to talk about just now, which will fill some time, and, fingers crossed, I’ll keep up enough to always have something to share. I actually managed to take some pictures of the latest finished project today, but I think that shall wait until next week. A teaser to get myself to post?

A Slice of Distraction

I just realized that it’s been a whole week that I’ve had a fully functional computer back yet I hadn’t provided an update! It turned out to be (almost) the best case scenario: easily fixable for not-too-bad a price. I think my jaw actually dropped when they told me how little it was going to cost. Yay for refurbished parts! (And now I cross my fingers that the non-name-brand refurbished part continues to work…) The labor cost was amazingly low—I don’t think the major chain brand would have even looked at it for less than 3 times what I paid for the labor. I was told that the part was pretty easy to replace though; I guess it’s a good thing that I had taken it apart already trying to dry it out and had my dad drill out the stripped screws!

Anyways, that’s the biggest news. The knitting is making pretty decent progress, but it still all looks the same. The end is in sight, but there’s nothing to show, so I’ll offer up a distraction instead:

This would be the first pie I have ever made, crust and all. I will never make such a good pie again: the crust was so flaky it fell apart just trying to cut it. I have no idea how I’ll ever replicate that! The pie is a Kentucky High-Day, which is basically a pecan pie with chocolate chips added. Super easy filling, super rich, super yummy.

As for that knitting? Hopefully by the end of the month. But then I’ll need something new….time to start planning!