Knit and Crochet Bible Study

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

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  If I do not, I will become depressed and withdrawn.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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February 14, 2014
by BearyAnn
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God Loves You…and so do I

It’s Valentine’s Day 2014.  I have never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. I don’t like the idea that on this day you have to have someone in your life who loves you and you have to give/receive elaborate gifts of love.

If you are single and not dating, it is a day on the calendar where your status stands out

If you have a ‘significant other’ you are watched and hounded “what did he/she get you” and “what did you get for him/her” ?

There are so many ways to show someone you love them.  I believe quality time and kind words are a wonderful expression of love. 

Many times I prefer that over a material gift. Try telling someone in answer to the ‘what did he give you’ question that ‘he sat with me holding my hand watching a movie’. It just doesn’t fit what the holiday has become and movies have taught us.

One way I express love is with homemade items: baked, sewn, knit, crocheted. Recently there was a photo going around facebook with a picture of crocheted items and the words

“All I got from her was a crocheted hat and scarf. Jeez.”

Fact: That gift of love cost your friend a minimum of $12 to make (each skein of yarn being approximately $5-$6, nowadays), and about the same number of hours to create. And, while she worked on that gift for you, she thought about you. <3

If I make something for you, it is because I care about you and I want to give to you a part of me.

God gave us a special gift: His Son, Jesus Christ.  Many have declared that John 3:16 is God’s valentine to us.

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God tells us every day He loves us. He doesn’t need a special day on the calendar. He doesn’t need a celebration. He is reaching out to you with His love. Have you accepted it?

Even though I have not crocheted something for each of you, I wish each you a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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October 30, 2013
by BearyAnn
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Color My World

 

You made the moon to mark the seasons and the sun that knows how to set. – Psalm 104.19 NLT

I love autumn. I love the colors in the trees as they prepare for their sleep. Here in the Midwest the reds and oranges and yellows all flow together to create a beautiful scene. (I now admire then from afar since a tree fell on my car as I passed by along a frontage road a couple of months ago.)

 

Only God could paint this beautiful scene.  It is amazing to me the difference in the landscape by just a simple change of color.

Color makes a difference in our knit and crochet projects too.  Have you looked at a pattern and stared at the picture the designer includes thinking, ‘no, that doesn’t impress me’ only to find a finished project someone else did from that same pattern in different colors? When I see the new colors it looks to me like an entirely different project and I am excited to try the design.

We live in a great time with technology and crafts. If you have not yet found RAVELRY or CRAFTSY, I’d like to invite you to check them out. Both are free websites. You can look around without signing up but if you sign up for a free account you can participate in conversations and also upload pictures of your own work.  On both of these sites you can link your finished project to a designers pattern. With a few clicks on your keyboard you can see what color schemes others have chosen for a project and how different interpretations reflect the same pattern.

This week take time to admire the beauty of the season that God has created around you, then search for a project to inspire your own creativity.

 

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P.S. If you are on Ravelry or Craftsy, you can find me listed as “BearyAnn”.

September 13, 2013
by BearyAnn
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K2TOG or SC2TOG

I was knitting another teddy bear last night and for some reason after I made a k2tog (knit 2 stitches together) I stopped and stared at the stitch.

Two stitches are close together and one stitch appears to wrap around the two.

Immediately I thought “that is marriage”. My husband and I are 2 stitches being held together by the thread that is God.

Working in crochet the look is the same two stitches are held together with one wrapped around it.

Marriage, or any relationship, is not easy. It must be worked at. Wherever 2 or more people are gathered you will find 2 or more ideas, plans, purposes. These can tear a relationship apart unless there is something holding them together.

I am currently reading “Wife After God’” – a 30 devotional to pray through your marriage. You can find it on Amazon (click here to go the Kindle book on Amazon).  I am reading it with  several others. It is a reminder that no matter what state our marriage is in, we need God. We need Him for ourselves and we must ask Him to be part of our marriage, even if our husband is not a God fearing man.

Next time you k2tog or sc2tog say a quick prayer for your marriage.

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August 29, 2013
by BearyAnn
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Rip-it Rip-it Rip-it

When I tell my knit/crochet groups that pulling out a large number of stitches is called “FROGGING” they usually laugh.

Why is it called “FROGGING”?   -  Because you ‘rip it, rip it, rip it”

There are many times I’d like to ‘FROG’ events from my life.  Like the past couple of months.  First I hit another car. Just dented her bumper but destroyed my front end. We got another car and had a blow out which left us stranded until we could find someone to help. It seems the jack had disappeared from the car. Then a few weeks after that a tree fell along a side road and hit my car in the process as I was driving by.Damage over $1800!!  Enough!!  I don’t want to get in a car right now.

Is there something in your life you’d like to ‘FROG’? Many of you are suffering financial problems, health issues, difficult family situations and much more.

Recently a small group I participate in had a discussion about the verse ‘God doesn’t give you more than you can handle’.  Where is that verse located?  We searched and searched; guess what. THERE IS NO SUCH VERSE.  We are promised

“no temptation more than you can stand. “When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so you can endure”. (1 Cor 10:13).

This is speaking of temptation, not struggles.In fact, Scripture promises there will be troubles in our lives.

“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” (John 16:33NLT)

“Don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.” (1Pet 4:12NLT)

We will experience more troubles than we can handle. If we could handle our problems on our own we wouldn’t need God!!

“Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you. he will not permit the godly to slip and fall” (Psa 55:22NLT)

“He comforts us in all out troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (1 Cor 1:4NLT)

John 16:33 ends with Christ reminding us

“Take heart, for I have overcome the world”.

If you think that because you are a follow of Christ your life should be all blooming roses and pretty rainbows, I want to remind you that Paul wrote many of his letters to new Christians while in a jail cell; Jesus was beaten and crucified.

Life is filled with many difficulties and many rewards. The greatest reward of all is the ‘peace that passes all understanding’ when we put Christ first in our lives. It is a gift we can accept if we choose to accept it.

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27NLT)

Next time your life needs some ‘frogging’ turn to God and give him your burden. Let Him stitch some peace into your life as He holds your hand through it.

Stitched in His love,

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BearyAnn, a citizen of heaven (Heb 13:14) straining toward what is ahead (Phil 3:13); bearing witness of Christ (Jn 1:7) anxiously awaiting his return (1 Cor 1:7)

July 29, 2013
by BearyAnn
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Newbies

I love to watch someone just learning to knit or crochet; the excitement when they realize ‘hey, I can do this’.  They get a big smile, quite contagious when you are around them, and they want to show off their work.

It’s like that with new Christians too.  If they have truly accepted the relationship with Christ they exude excitement and want to tell everyone they meet about Jesus.

I have recently met a woman who has known ‘of God’ much of her life, but just started a relationship with Christ as Lord of her life. This woman will tell anyone and everyone she meets about Jesus. She’ll stop what she is doing and pray for any concern you share with her. I know her love and prayers are real because of the blessings I have seen God bless her with.

Sometimes after we have been Christians for a while we lose that excitement. As we sometimes do with those we love, we take for granted what we have.

I am thankful that Christ doesn’t lose His excitement for me or take my love for granted. Despite my many failures He is always there, ready to take my hand when I extend it back to Him. He loves me so much He died that I may have an eternal life with Him.

This week, watch a new knitter or crocheter at work and remember your early days in the skill (after the initial “I am never going to get this” feeling had passed).  Stand back and watch a new Christian seek more knowledge of Christ.

What can you do to bring back some of the same excitement into your life?

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