it's been almost 12 months now since we first sat down and cast on 35 stitches to start journaling about our year's journey ... in lace! 12 months of yarn overs and slipped stitches, 360+ days of increases and decreases ..... weeks filled with holes made on purpose! We started the year with a lovely day of snow ... and as the Lord has ordered the days, we'll end the same way!
For the first time in forever (atleast in my book) my family shared a White Christmas ... not exactly a Norman Rockwell painting or anything like that, but there was snow ... falling ... and sticking! and when we got up on Sunday morning, it was still there! it snowed on us all the way into church sunday morning ... so much so that once we got there we were told that it was necessary to cancel services because the roads were so icey ... and something about being the church at the top of the hill - - easy to slide down (and into the ditches) but not so easy to get to!!
Don't know that i've ever been 'dismissed' early from church ... but it wasn't hard to find some peace and quiet once home, to reflect on all the many blessings the Lord has showered on me and my family this year ... and what better way to chronicle all this than with a beautiful Fir Cone lace pattern that will forever remind me of the beauty of this weekend .. all the snow ... the freshness ... the new beginnings that He offers each of us ... through the gracious gift of His Son on that first Christmas!
12 months of lace ... just waiting to be blocked and then worn as a gentle reminder of unforgettable favorites ... a warm yet tangible momento, a souvenir, in time capsule form, that will keep the memories of 2010 vivid for quite some time . .
and what better way to encapsulate it all than with a soft edging that will drip from the ends .... a little bit of crochet ... simple chains and slip stitches that serve as the final hug for the year! It's all posted on the "2010 in Lace" Tab at the top of the blog .... just make sure to scroll all the way down to the bottom for instructions!
Thanks so much for sharing the journey ...
Finally, whatever is true, whatever is noble,
whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is admirable--
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--
think about such things.