Friday, November 12, 2010

so, did you go?

i looked for you yesterday .... seems everybody and their brother was at Michael's ... and they were all squeezing into the yarn aisles with me .... Coupon in hand!  i felt rather impressed with myself as i made my purchases yesterday ... i had my list of things to knit and made my yarn choices accordingly!  and the best part of the day was at the check out counter as the prices were displayed on the screen ... and yes, they were pretty good just being 'on sale' ... but when she scanned my extra 20% off and the all the totals readjusted, one by one, and even MORE savings were deducted .... WOOO HOOOOOO!!!!

can't you just see this
sitting on top of a
precious little baby girl,
those great big eyes just
staring so sweetly
back at you!

in the midst of my shopping i spent the day trying to complete another little baby hat order that i have waiting.  it was supposed to be based on a previous little cloche i made for our Gifted presentation a few weeks back.  The original cloche was made with a baby weight yarn and was very delicate in nature ... so being the goofball that i am, just found a thicker yarn and just figured i could make adjustments.  Mistake #1!  and are you ready for this:  i even SWATCHED to count my stitches and rows and decided i'd just knit less stitches to accomplish the same effect.  Mistake #2!  and then, while on my hard headed streak, i decided that i could write the pattern better so i'd start from the top down using double pointed needles .... so i cast on 4 stitches, joined in a circle and immediately started increases with each round ... in my mind that made sense, but as i finished all my increasing rounds i looked up and realized i had a pointy head, not a smooth little cap that would sit on top of this new little baby girl.  Mistake #3!  Something deep down inside told me .... even SCREAMED at me, that this was NOT going to work ... it was NOT going to be a good duplication .... but i tried and stitched and pulled and stitched and tried to talk myself into making it work .... and after a couple of hours of sitting outside and enjoy the beauty of the day, i had to concede .... and rip it all out!  and THAT, actually proved to be the smartest thing i'd done all day ... aside from using my coupon at Michael's!

How SWEET is this little cloche!
 i had yarn ... i needed a pattern that was more conducive for the weight of that particular yarn .... i started searching on Ravelry .... voila!  I found it!  and it was PERFECT!  . . . i had to change over to crochet to accomplish the very thing that this yarn was designed for ... and it made me giggle as this precious little hat so effortlessly grew ... and then to top it all off with this sweet little flower! oh my soul!  what lessons i learned yesterday in being so stubborn!   how much time did i waste trying to do things the way i wanted, rather than acquiese to the dictates of the yarn!

which, if i must confess, is often how i handle my relationship with the Lord as well!  i have so many seeminlyg-good-to-me ideas and i'm just convinced that He likes my imput and appreciates my help!  [what a goofball!] .... He has so many good and perfect gifts just waiting for me but my stubbornness prevents me from enjoying the extravaganze that He longs to share.  His ultimate gift of salvation through His Son is reiterated each and every day in so many ways .. and yet my narrow vision often clouds my judgment and perspective and i walk away empty handed because my grip was too tight on one specific thing!

What, then, shall we say in response to this? 
If God is for us, who can be against us?
He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all -
how will He not also, along with Him,
graciously give us all things?
 . . . . .
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?
For i am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom. 8

Thank you Lord for being such a patient Knitter with me ... for seeing my potential and not settling for suggestions when You've known all along what would best accomplish Your will and ways in the yarn of my life!  Thank you for using ALL your coupons on me ... for redeeming me .... for making me Yours!

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