Tips Along the Way (The Truth & The Life)

Thanks so much for tuning in to my posts thus far. I hope you’ve enjoyed some of my patterns and you’ve gotten better at knitting!

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In this post, I just wanted to give you a few tips and tricks for things.

  • When in doubt, use a crochet hook. It’s designed to grab things and move them throughout your work, so it’s easy to pick up dropped stitches and stitch them back into your work
  • If you want your edges to be really smooth, try skipping the first stitch. When you get to the first stitch of a row, don’t stitch it, and move it from your left needle to your right, then continue knitting. It’ll make your edges much smoother, and you’ll make up for it by stitching the final stitch of every row.
  • Try not to put your work down in the middle of a row – it could pull stitches apart in the middle of your work if they get separated.
  • When you’re casting off, make sure you don’t pull too tightly! Leave plenty of room. The perfect amount of yarn to use in casting off is a process of practice, and you’ll figure it out with time!

Thanks so much for tuning in, I’ll be updating this page frequently with new tips and trips! Also be sure to check out this video and this video with tips and trips!


“Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” -John 14:6

He is the Good Shepherd, full of love and desire, and forgiveness and mercy. The only way to the Father is through the Son, so let us run to Him in all things, to return to Heart of Mercy, knowing that nothing we do will ever separate us from the love of God. He carries us through our hardest times, and delights in our littleness.


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Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 5)

Congratulations! You did it! You’ve made it to the end of our Basket Weave Baby Blanket. Here are your instructions on finishing (make sure you check out part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 before you read this post).

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  1. Cast off all 120 stitches. If you need a refresher, check out this post. Make sure you don’t pull the stitches too tight, you don’t want to make it be scrunched at the end.
  2. Don’t forget to block! Make sure you let the blanket soak long enough and stretch it out on your board to the perfect length. Because it’s bigger than a lot of our past projects, you need to be absolutely sure that it’s done just right.

Here’s a reminder on your ribbing, and another video about washing and blocking.


“They brought him to the place of Golgotha (which is translated Place of the Skull). They gave him wine drugged with myrrh, but he did not take it. Then they crucified him and divided his garments by casting lots for them to see what each should take. It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him. The inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.” With him they crucified two revolutionaries, one on his right and one on his left. Those passing by reviled him, shaking their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself by coming down from the cross.” Likewise the chief priests, with the scribes, moked him among themselves and said, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. Let the Messiah, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also kept abusing him.

At noon darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. And at three o’clock Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabacthani?” which is translated, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Some of the bystanders who heard it said, “Look, he is calling Elijah.” One of them ran, soaked a sponge with wine, put it on a reed, and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see if Elijah comes to take him down.” Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed his last. The veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. When the centurion who stood facing him saw how he breathed his last he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!”-Mark 15: 22-39

The crucifixion of Christ was heartbreaking. He gave all for us. Just look into the eyes of Christ on the tree, see the undying, unrelenting love He has for you! He suffered, died, and rose again for the sake of your soul, and He would do it all over again, just for you.

Sit in the quiet of the foot of the Cross. Gaze into His heart. Jesus, we trust in you, we thank you for your sacrifice, and we are grateful for the opportunity to unite our sufferings with yours on the Cross as an offering of love.


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Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 4)

Welcome back! It’s time to begin the finishing process for your basket weave baby blanket (step 1, step 2, step 3)! Be sure to check back for the final post, as it gives special instructions for blocking.

  1. Be sure you leave enough room for the last 5 rows to be your edge (about one inch if you’re using the same size yarn/needles as me).
  2. Once you’ve made your blanket as long as you want, with room for the last 5 rows of edge, begin the edge.
  3. Remember the edge pattern is the seed stitch ribbing (k1 p1 k1 p1)
  4. Continue this for the entire edge

If you want help counting rows, check out this video. Also take a look at this video for more information for other essential tools.


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“When it was evening, the disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already late; dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” [Jesus] said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up the fragments left over – twelve wicker baskets full. Those who ate were about five thousand men, not counting women and children.” – Matthew 14: 15-21

Christ desires you so deeply, so earnestly, that He looks at your sins, and wants to redeem. This passage happens right after the death of John the Baptist, one of Christ’s closest friends. He goes up a mountain to mourn, but when His disciples approach Him to tell Him about the hungry people, He descends the mountain, and fills their need. Christ wants to feed you to the full. Give Him your heart, and allow Him to hold, replenish, and fill you.


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Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 3)

Welcome back! If you haven’t seen the first two posts in this series, be sure to catch up first here, then here.

On this post, we’ll be continuing with the middle part of the blanket. As a reminder, this is a basket weave pattern.

  1. After you’ve knit 5, purled 5 for 8 rows, you’re going to switch the pattern.
  2. So, the 8th row in this pattern should be knit 5, purl 5, knit 5 purl 5.
  3. The 9th row should be purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, knit 5.
  4. Continue doing this (8 rows of knitting 5 first, then 8 rows of purling 5 first) for the remainder of the baby blanket. Here are several measurements to help you pick how long to make your blanket:

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The pattern I recommend with the 120 stitches casted on is the “receiving” – 40″ x 40. If you need more information on the basket weave, check out this video. Also, here’s a great video on counting stitches and rows if you lose track!

Make sure you check in for our fourth and final post on how to complete the baby blanket! Don’t worry if it feels like you’re not making progress. This is a huge project that takes a long time to complete, especially if you pick it up once a week (or less, like me!) But it’s a great way to return to some constant project that you know and love – and the results are stunning!


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“When the angels went away from them to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went in haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about the child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, just as it had been told to them.” – Luke 2:15-20

 

The birth of Jesus is such a beautiful story of humility. The God of the whole universe came to the earth in the poorest ways. He came through an unwed, poor virgin, in the chill of the night in Bethlehem, to be praised and known by simple shepherds.

Let us aim to be as humble as Jesus. Let our hearts sing always, “Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance now and always.” (Listen to Audrey Assad’s beautiful version of this song here). Merry Christmas!


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Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 2)

Welcome back! Let’s get back to our baby blanket! (If you haven’t started yet, be sure to check out this post)

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  1. After you’ve completed 5 rows of the seed stitch (k, p, k, p, etc.), it’s time to start the body of the blanket.
  2. Seed stitch the first 5 stitches (you’ll always do this k, p, k, p, k!)
  3. Knit 5, purl 5, knit 5, purl 5, until you have 5 stitches left on your left needle
  4. Seed stitch those last 5 stitches (k, p, k, p, k)
  5. That’s the first row! repeat that same process for the next four rows. Then check back for part 3 of this series.

Here’s a video of a basket weave baby blanket, as well as a video on basket weave stitching. Enjoy!


“Then he made the disciples get into the boat and precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. After doing so, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. While it was evening he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves, for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how [strong] the wind was, he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” After they got into the boat, the wind died down. Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying, “Truly, you are the Son of God.” -Matthew 14: 22-33

How often does the Lord call us out of the boat? How often do we follow His call? How often do we sink? How often does He look at us with nothing but pure love, saying, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

“I have you. I always have, I always will. Trusting in me is the most secure, safe, sure thing you can do. I know the plans I have for you, and I will never let harm come to you. Do not doubt in my plans. I love you.”

Jesus, we trust in you!


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Rest Here Like a Child (pt. 1)

Hey there! Get ready, this pattern is one of my absolute all-time favorites. It takes a while to complete, especially if you use smaller needles and yarn like I did the first time, but the result is gorgeous. We’ll be making a super sweet basket weave baby blanket!

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My favorite sized needles to use for this pattern are size 8 (5.0 mm), but really any needles that fit your yarn will work. Make sure you don’t get too big, though, you want the pattern to show through nicely!

Just so you know, I’m using size US 8 (5.0 mm) needles, and Bernat’s Super Value 4-ply worsted yarn (389 m) in a pretty blue/white.

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  1. Begin by casting on 120 stitches (I know it’s a lot, this project will take you a while! I’ve been working on mine on and off for about 2 years… not a quick one!)
  2. For the first 5 rows, you’ll be alternating purl and knit. So for the first row, k p k p k p k p, and so on.
  3. For the second row, you want your stitches to appear where they didn’t on the last row, and since you’re on the other side of the needle, you’re going to k p k p k p until you’ve finished that row.
  4. Continue in this way for 5 rows. This is the same pattern you will use for the entire outer edge of the blanket.

Here’s a link to a more basic baby blanket, if you want to try that. Also, our outer edge pattern is called “knit one purl one ribbing.” Check out this video if you want to watch someone do it real time! Be sure to check back for the rest of these blogs, to see how we’ll complete the baby blanket.


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Do you ever feel exhausted? Just so drained that you can’t really explain what you’re feeling or thinking, you’re just done? I so get it, trust me, it’s finals week at my university.

The Lord, though, doesn’t want us to feel overwhelmed or burdened. In fact, He came that we might have life and have it to the full. That doesn’t mean in the next life only, but in this life as well. He came to set us free from stress and exhaustion. He wants to secure a life here, on earth, of joy. I love what he tells us in Matthew:

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” -Matthew 11:28-30

He wants to restore! He comes bringing hope, and a future. One that is not of fear or exhaustion, but of rest and repose in His arms. Trust in Him, and lean not on your own understanding. Run to Him!


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Shrug It Off – The Kind of Woman I Want to Be (pt. 3)

Welcome back! In this post, we’ll complete the sweater you’ve been working on. Get ready! It’s going to be so cute.

  1. Take the knitted rectangle you’ve completed, and fold it like so:screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-7-37-52-pm
  2. Sew along the bases of the triangles (where the red stitch is in the picture above).
  3. DO NOT forget to block your knitting!

That’s it! You did it! a super cozy shrug for the colder days. I love this because it’s such a special gift, and praying while making this can be so meaningful. Imagine getting a sweater from someone you love, saying they prayed for you while they made it! Every time they wear it, it’s like wrapping themselves in the love of the Father (and you!)

I hope you enjoyed this pattern. Here are a few tips and a refresher on blocking. Check back soon, and we’ll be learning how to make a super cute baby blanket!


I absolutely love Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. She is an individual in the Bible that I learned so much from, and as a reflection of her response to Mary’s good news, I have changed the way I encounter my sisters in Christ.

“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed – that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” -Luke 1:39-45

What a gift it is to have someone to rejoice in! When I encounter my sisters, and they have somehting bringing them such deep joy, it is so beautiful to rejoice with them, for their life, and for the things the Lord has given them. There is no room for jealousy or hatred, only joy. I keep this phrase in the back of my mind, greeting all whom I know with the line, “And how does this happen to me, that the daughter/son of my Lord should come to me?


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