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Monday, November 26, 2012

Crafting Alphabet C: Christmas

As Christmas approaches, I want to have a focus on why we celebrate Christmas. Not the panic or stress of Christmas shopping, buying gifts that will put me in debt, but focusing on God's grace in my life. I don't deserve His daily mercies that are new every morning. Lamentations 3:22-23 says: "The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning, great is your faithfulness." 

As finals press closer and stress builds, I try to take a few minutes every day to knit a few rows, read my Bible, breathe. 

Over Thanksgiving break, I had a wonderful time visiting with family and got to go on a few walks through the park near my home.

Here's my sister modeling the blue hat I knit this summer from New England Knits with a swirly, fluffy scarf that I learned to knit this week. I didn't make that particular scarf, I made another like it. It's fun to see my sister layer on the hand knits for the winter weather.

My other sister happily modeled the beret from last week on this blog. 

When I returned to school, I put up some little white lights and put a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree in my window. I made Christmas wreaths with friends a few weeks ago while singing Christmas carols together.

I'm currently working on a pair of gray hand warmers. Pictures will follow. 

In the meantime, please leave a comment about what you're doing for crafts, reading, or any other traditions this Christmas season. Are you making your Christmas gifts? Knitting? Any other crafts? What are ways that you and your family celebrate Christmas? I love to hear new ideas, so leave a comment!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Crafting Alphabet: B

Here is a beret I finished a few months ago from the Koolaid Dyeing Project. It was a really fun project, especially after dyeing the yarn myself in the garage, using stepladders to hang the yarn to dye, and making a total mess. The pattern is "Pebbled Beanie" by designer Elisabeth Parker from Weekend Hats. The pattern took longer than I expected, but I'm looking forward to wearing it in this cool weather. 

Campus has definitely gotten much colder since the weekend. I've been using more of my hand knits, enjoying the fall colors, but not the freezing weather. But after a few days of gray rain, a rain-free day today was lovely. 

Isn't this Japanese red maple stunning? It's right outside my Spanish building, so I get to see it progress in its glory each day. Are you enjoying the cold or disliking the wind and rain?

I hope you all are having a wonderful autumn!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Crafting Alphabet: A

A is for the autumn light filtering through the changing trees.

Grayness has descended on ECU's campus, with a light, cold drizzle. The autumn colors are not as brilliant as they were in the sunshine from a few days ago, but they're comforting splashes of color against a white sky and the gray cement. 

Below is the view from my window. I've really enjoyed watching this huge tree change colors. 

A is for apples in season.

My apple, my favorite fingerless mitts, and my view. 

I hand-dyed the yarn for these mitts in a dyeing class. I couldn't decide between the colors silver, brown, beige, pink, and blue, so my instructor let me use them all, even though I was supposed to pick three. 

The pattern was a simple, fun pattern from One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit or Crochet by Leigh Radford. It's become one of my easy go-to pattern for gift knitting because they fit almost anyone's hands easily and they are fun to make. 

What are you doing this gray, autumn day?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Autumn Knitting and Trees

Fall has come in all its glory to Greenville. The trees are stunning and fill me with an excitement to see all the blazing colors as I do the ordinary, everyday things of life, walking to class, going to the dining hall, or reading on the mall.

El otoño ha venido en todo de su gloria a Greenville. Los árboles están impresionantes y me llenan con la emoción para ver todos los colores llameados como hago las cosas normal de la vida, caminando a la clase, yendo a la cafetería o leyendo en el campo en el centro de la universidad.

I have had some knitting time during my classes. Below are some of my creations and fall crafts.

He tenido algo tiempo para tejer durante mis clases. Debajo hay unas de mis creaciones y mis artes del otoño.

I am enjoying having the cool weather to wear all my knitted hats and scarves. I am also slowly getting ready for Christmas gift knitting. Have you started on your Christmas knitting? Are you enjoying the weather?

Me encanta el tiempo fresco para llevar mis sombreros, chulos y bufandas tejidos. También estoy preparando para tejer los regalos para la Navidad. ¿Has comenzado tejer los regalos para la Navidad? ¿Te encanta el tiempo del otoño?