Knit and Crochet Bible Study

She shops around for the best yarns, and enjoys knitting (and crochet). Prov 31:13MSG

November 5, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – Me Again

My headset this week was via Netflix.  I watched a movie titled “ME AGAIN”. (link should take you to the movie page on IMDB)

I enjoyed this look at life through the eyes of others. Using a “Quantum Leap” style of lessons to learn Pastor Chaplain finds out life is more than he ever imagined it to be.

It is easy to wonder ‘what if’ about my life but the truth of the matter is, I am where I am because of decisions I made. I cannot change them. It is my choice to look backward or forward. It is my choice to be happy.

I am thankful for a God who loves me despite my wrong decisions and loves me even when I go down a wrong path. He is always waiting with open arms for me to return to His embrace.

I am thankful, too, that no matter where I go, I am always in His grasp. He will NEVER leave me.

Check out other movies with actor David A.R. White.  He is part of the Pure Flix Entertainment which was created to produce and distribute Faith and Family films.

October 6, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – The LEFT BEHIND series

With the release of the movie “LEFT BEHIND” starring Nicholas Cage, I thought I would mention here that I listened to the dramatized versions of the Left Behind books via Audible Dot Com about 10 years ago.

While listening I did take a break. I was listening at the time of the Twin Towers attack at the same time attacks were taking place during the book. I was on emotional overload and had to step away for a bit.

I enjoyed the dramatized version. It felt like being at a movie without the visual. I do not want all the books I listen to to be dramatized, but for some books it truly helps bring it alive.

It was easy to follow the story line while working on a knit/crochet project.

What series of books have you enjoyed and would you recommend?

October 3, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset – The Prayer Box

I just finished listening to “The Prayer Box” by Lisa Wingate. It was read very well by Xe Sands.

Tandi finds herself cleaning out the historic old home of Iola Poole where she finds boxes and boxes and boxes filled with letters ‘to my father’.

Through reading these letters she learns much about the writer, the town and herself.

I identified well with Tandi and enjoyed the story of her personal growth. I completed quite a few crocheted teddy bears and a trip through Costco while listening to this book.

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October 3, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Through My Headset

I have always enjoyed reading.  I got in trouble many times as a child for ‘keeping my nose in a book’.

As I grew older I still enjoyed reading but as ‘life’ happened I found time to sit quietly and read.  Then I got busy with my knitting and crochet. This took hours of my time. The book could be sitting on the table beside me, but I wasn’t picking it up.

Problem:  it is not possible to read a book while the hands are busy with yarn and hook or needles in my hand :)

Solution: audio books.

I have been a member of AUDIBLE (check out audible dot com) since 2001. Getting at least 1 book a month I now have a large audio book collection at my fingertips. There are many places to get audio books including the library and other websites. I just happen to use Audible.

I enjoy listening to audio books for many reasons. The biggest reason is that I can read/listen to a book while I knit or crochet.

This new category is set up to share with you what audio books I am listening to while I stitch.  I hope you will join me on some of these literate journeys.

August 25, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Pride vs People Pleasing

I read an article recently (I can’t find it again so I can’t link it. When I do find it again I will edit this post).  Anyway…..

The article called ‘people pleasing’ a form of ‘pride’.

This caught me off guard. I never thought myself prideful. To me being prideful meant creating a ‘look at me’ attitude.  But people pleasing? That is definitely me. I have always tried to make everyone happy, to the expense of my own happiness.

Now I have to consider one is the same as the other. It got me thinking.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 instructs us to live to ‘please God’.  Galatians 1:10 asks “am I trying to please God, or man?”  I am now asking myself this very question.

I think it is time to re-evaluate my thinking. What are your thoughts? Is pleasing others a prideful thing?

August 7, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Knit Crochet for Others

I started this thread on my Facebook page. I thought I might extend it to the blog.

Do you knit/crochet for charity, hospital, etc? I am curious. What do you make and who do you give to?
I have just committed to completing 20 small bears/dolls for a church group to give to a local hospital. These are usually my favorite. I have a couple of go-to patterns that work up quickly, like this one.
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(click on the picture to go the pattern on the kandjdolls website.

Your turn.

August 1, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Repeating the Mistakes

I am working on a pattern which included the instruction to complete a number of rows in stockinette stitch, then switch to a smaller size needle to begin a ribbing pattern.

Easy enough. I finished the final purl row of the stockinette and picked up the smaller needle. I completed one row of ribbing then turned the project and continued in pattern. OOPPSS!! I forgot to pick up the 2nd smaller needle and completed 7 rows with two needles of different size. Time to frog!!!!

I am working on socks, so of course a 2nd one had to be made. I MADE THE SAME MISTAKE AGAIN!!! Ugh.

It would be okay if this happened only in knitting, but it doesn’t.  I decide to quit eating junk food, then find myself finishing off a bag of candy; I decide to exercise daily and realize it has been a week; I vow to stand firm in the faith and pass by an opportunity to share Christ’s love once again.

I find myself stuck in the mire of my failures. If I focus on those failures I will definitely repeat them.  Matthew 6:21 tells us “where your treasure is,  your heart will be also.” That could apply to where your mind is as well.  If your mind is on the negative, the heart will follow.

I must force myself to “forget what is behind, strain toward what is ahead” as Paul proclaims in Phil 3:13 or perhaps as Isaiah 43:18 declares “forget the former things, do not dwell on the past.”  If I do not, I will become depressed and withdrawn.

Paul continues “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (vs 14).  Today I open my eyes to a new day and new opportunities. This day has not yet been written. Yesterday’s mistakes are gone.  “I will sing of your love and strength each morning (Ps  59:16)

It is morning, a new day. Bring it on Lord!! As long as we are stitched together, there will be no frogging.

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July 22, 2014
by BearyAnn
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You Will Survive

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourself.  Rom 12:10 NIV      

It is easy to proclaim your love for Christ when life is good.  But it is in the hard times that you find the strength of His love.

One of the hardest battles is cancer in any of its many forms. In my own life I lost a sister as a child to cancer that formed in the brain; a very dear friend battled breast cancer and won, then it returned 2 more times before she went to her home in heaven; and my father joined them after fighting lung cancer and its return in other parts of the body.

Maybe that is one reason I love and appreciate this free pattern I found online.  This shawl makes a wonderful gift for man, woman or child. It is a quiet expression of your love and concern for the recipient. The pattern is called the “Survivor’s Ribbon Shawl” and offers 2 options: with or without crosses.  SurvivorShawl-leukemia SurvivorShawl-pinkjpg

 

The pattern also includes a list of the various colors and the diseases linked to each color, a prayer, and care instructions.

It is difficult to struggle through the cancer in your body. It is also difficult to  watch someone you love as they struggle through. I found this article from CancerCenter on talking with someone with cancer that might be helpful.

And above all else, pray.  Accept the strength and peace that is beyond all understanding. You are not alone.

May 13, 2014
by BearyAnn
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Preparing for Etsy Craft Party 2014

I am again hosting the annual Etsy Craft Party for the metro Kansas City area.  I have hosted for the past 2 years and enjoyed it so much. I am excited for this this year’s theme “Making Memories”.

We will look at different ways to preserve precious photos.

This year we will meet in the classroom of the Bass Pro HOBBY LOBBY on Friday, June 6, 6-7:30pm.

I am looking for craft items to use as giveaways.  If you have new items in your stash you would like to donate, please contact me.

The event is FREE but registration is required to ensure sufficient supplies for the participants. 

This is a fun and creative evening.  I look forward to seeing you there.  Please pass the word to your friends and reserve your place at the crafty table.

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April 10, 2014
by BearyAnn
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The Empty Tomb–a fun Easter project

I love Pinterest, but is so easy to get lost in it.  I pin and I pin with items I just know I am going to make one day.

Last week my grandson came over and we tried one of my Pinterest pins.

We made the Easter Empty Tomb Garden. (click here for the pin)

We could not find moss that day at the store so we went with grass.

Here is what we came up with:

 

 

 

It was a lot of fun for us to make.  Try one with your child/grandchild.  They make beautiful table centerpieces and opportunities to talk about what Easter is really all about.

 

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