Painting Class: Rest for the Mind and Conversation for the Soul

March 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

Thanks, everyone, for the great conversation about raising money for development yesterday. I loved hearing your unique perspectives and enjoyed the dialogue about the topic. Check it out HERE if you missed it.

Since dealing with my health challenges from last year, I decided to pick up a new hobby of painting. In the midst of dealing with some intense emotions and physical pain, I needed an outlet to focus on and dedicate my time. Coincidentally enough, I found a free painting group at a local cafe and have grown to love my weekly time of painting with these women (there are men in the group also but we tend to segregate).


My first attempt at faces…don’t laugh!

We started off with drawing to learn the basics of contrasts and how to observe correctly. Finally, we moved on to painting last month. I started with acrylics but want to eventually try my hand at oils. « Read the rest of this entry »


On the needles: Red Delicious Sweater

June 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

After finishing up the Sunny (Blue) blanket, I immediately went to work on a new sweater. It’s the second to last of the 4 projects I brought with me to Lusaka (the other is THIS) I’m using a top-down sweater pattern that I picked up at my local knitting store. As you can see, I’m already about a quarter of the way done and about to start the decreases on the side. I modified the pattern slightly based on my gauge (apparently, I knit very loose!). 

Happy weekending, everyone!

Sunny (Blue) Baby Blanket

June 5, 2012 § 3 Comments


What a fun project! It was a doozy and sure required some oomph at the end to finish but it was worth it and I absolutely love how it turned out. I had originally picked out a different “bobbles and lace” pattern (see HERE) but never could get my bobbles to look quite right. This simple pattern was perfect for our road trips and evening movies where I needed some mindless knitting (although it did get a bit large to cart around at the end).

Pattern: “Sunny Baby Blanket

Needles: Knit Picks #8 (5.0mm) and 29inch circular

Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash, color #848 lot #5770, 6 skeins of 100 grams each (purchased from Cultured Purls in Issaquah, WA)

Approximate time: 50 hours

Began December 2011, Finished May 2012

Ravelry notes are here

Sneak Peek – Sunny (Blue) Baby Blanket

May 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

This week, I cast off a big project I’ve been working on. Here is a sneak peek of it blocking. More pictures (and for those who care, knitting details) to come!

Blue Blanket

Blue Blanket

A Hat for the Husband

August 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

I love all the people we’ve been hanging out with lately but this introvert does need some time and space to recharge. Knitting is the perfect activity for me! I have been loving the projects I’m working on (more to come!). My latest creation is a hat for my husband for those cold Africa mornings…OK, maybe not so cold most of the time but I’m sure he will get some use out of it!

Handsome hunk


It was knit using the aptly named “man hat” pattern found HERE on Ravelry. I used knit picks #8 needles and a Pacific superwash wool/acrylic yarn (I think?? Lost the label). I did start my decreases earlier than the pattern says for the correct shaping, which was my first time deviating from a pattern so much. I felt so naughty…but I’m learning how to make the pattern work for me. He loves it so I’m happy about it too!

Knits and Purls

August 2, 2011 § 5 Comments

After “the sweater” (see HERE), I determined to work on my knitting skills. I’m glad I finished it but it showed that some formal education would be good for me. The gauge wasn’t done properly (um, I didn’t know what “gauge” was) and I needed to work on shaping.

Issaquah, WA

I recently took at class at our local knitting store, “Cultured Purls” (you can visit their site HERE). Because I’m a mostly self-taught knitter (youtube and are great resources), I decided to take the beginning knitter’s course to instill a good foundation upon which to build. The ladies here are fabulous. Even though I already knew many of the basic stitches, I learned a lot from having a person’s brain to pick.  Everyone in the store is also very helpful in picking out projects, yarn, and material. Here’s one finished project:

Rasta Hat

The pattern is a rasta hat available from ravelry (available HERE). I did it in some chunky acrylic yarn leftover in my knitting bag (no idea what the color is) on #13 needles. I also bought my first pair of knit picks needles! I learned about magic loop knitting (see HERE) and bought a 40″ cable with interchangeable needles. I think my knitting life has changed for the better. 🙂

Rasta hat back view

It. is. finished. (Well, sort of)

April 24, 2011 § 1 Comment

Yes, its Easter weekend and we’re celebrating the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel is a beautiful thing. In other news, I finished my sweater (seen here previously).

Although I’m proud to have finished it (and it was a long process), it seems to be lacking the shape originally intended for it. It bags at the arm pits and the bosom area is rather, um, large. I’ve washed and dried it (high heat) with no luck. Guess I won’t be wearing this one. Oh well. The good news is that I have momentum from a finished project. Hooray! Here’s to more attempts in the future with better results!

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