Category Archives: Knitting

WATER BALLOONS ~ Free Knitted Reusable Water Balloon Pattern

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All I could find on the interwebs was a crochet version, so whilst I sat in a pew on a Sunday morning, I designed this knitted pattern.

 

Materials

size 11 needles, 16 inch circular or two straight

Needle for sewing in ends

Scissors

For the yarn, I used Caron Chunky Cakes in Mystic Chip because that is what I had.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the interwebs I have seen them made in chenille yarn.

You will need to use a chunky-type yarn and the correct size needles to get a tighter stitch/knit.

Cast on 10 stitches

KFB [knit front and back], K1,  repeat until the end, K1. 15 sts

Purl

K1, KFB, repeat to end, K1. 22 sts

Purl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockinette stitch for 8 rows [knit one row, purl one row, 4 times]

K2, K2tog, repeat to the end, K2. 17 stitches

Purl

K2, K2tog, to the end, K1. 13 stitches

P2, P2tog, to the end, P1. 10 stitches

Stockinette stitch for 4 rows [knit one row, purl one row, 2 times]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bind off the 10 stitches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mattress stitch the sides up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run the thread through the beginning stitches and pull tight. Tie off and thread ends in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word on the street is to soak them in a bucket of water and throw at your friend or enemy.

I have some kids testing them out this week.

Thanks for looking. This pattern is free. Enjoy making them.

 

 

 

 

 

GUILTY FEELINGS…. Whoa whoa whoa….

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The 6 Different Types Of Procrastinators

Procrastination tips for everyone:

– Get help from others (professors, friends, family) to stay accountable.

– Keep a daily journal to evaluate your use of time.

– Practice visualization. Envision the changes you want to make in your life — how it feels to make the change, and what your life looks like after the changes are made.

– Create a timeline for completing a task or achieving a goal, with specific, short-term steps along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, feeling guilty. Guilty that I have a few hours off this afternoon and just want to go to bed.

Guilty that I came home and didn’t even let the dogs out of the bedroom, so I could relax. And blog.

Guilty that I don’t make more time for volunteering stuff. [but my schedule is so crazy it is hard to plan]

Guilty that I am not upstairs knitting and doing school work.

Guilty about not having enough gumption to go pull weeds. [oh, it is raining now]

I am a perfectionist procrastinator with a dash of defier and overdoer.

Guilty that I have too many irons in the fire and hoping i don’t mess any of them up.

Guilty that I have a great life but always think I need to change something, so something different, focus on the bad.

Guilty that I asked the doctor to change my meds.

Guilty that I am worried about some health issues, when others have it way worse than me. Dying, losing family, homeless, chronic illness, etc.

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Pink Eye ~~ Ewwwwwwwww

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OK, got a call this morning (Wednesday) about 10 am from my son.

Seems he has pink eye. Brought him home,  made at least a dozen smart-ass remarks pertaining to pink eye and made him Clorox wipe everything down in the house.

The doctor is booked solid so a nurse is calling me back. Hopefully I can just get a prescription and start dropping meds in his eye.

He has been sitting on the couch playing his game-boy with Kleenex and hand sanitizer on the coffee table.

Did you know dogs can get pink eye? Just Great. Need to spray Anna down with Lysol.

Sending the knight in shining blue (a 2003 blue Ford Ranger) armour to the pharmacy to get meds, son will be better in 24 hours, but will I make it with him home?!?!? That’s the question…….

 

 

 

“Broadcast Him” or not……

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This is an article that was in our paper this past weekend, but before you read it, I’d like to say Thank You to whomever is praying for me to get some sleep, it’s working!
Only thing is now I have a serious headache and sinus pressure. But as long as I’m sleeping, headache medicine and decongestants all round!!
Dooce wrote this about her new puppy and I can totally agree:
“Also, she’s just so adorable that having her around makes me feel like my veins have been injected with glitter.”
When I saw these, it took my breath away for a few seconds. Wish I had, oh like, $100 dollars laying around. Website

My week is shaping up to be pretty traumatic, will get you up to speed tomorrow on the weekly review post. Keep me in your prayers to rest in Him; who knows, loves, and takes care of all of His creatures, even the furry ones.

Read on:

JAMES H. BURNETT III; The Miami Herald
Published: January 6th, 2008 06:03 AM

It makes sense that a Web site called GodTube.com exists. Its theme is “Broadcast Him.”It features an anti-rap video, a Bible-themed parody of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 dance hit, now renamed “Baby Got Book,” that’s been viewed more than 600,000 times. And more than 300,000 people have viewed a funny one-minute, 16-second religious take on the “I’m a Mac – I’m a PC” TV commercials.GodTube, bought for $400 in 2006 by a Dallas divinity school student, is an obvious takeoff on the wildly popular YouTube.com video-sharing site. And what pop culture trend isn’t a copy of something these days? Even the Bible says, “For there is no new thing under the sun.”

But when you consider that GodTube is ranked as the fastest-growing Web site and that it’s drawing the kind of traffic that major corporations only dream of, suddenly it shines a heavenly light on things.

200,000-PLUS MEMBERS

The brainchild of Christopher Wyatt – a graduate student at Dallas Theological Seminary; a pastoral understudy at megachurch Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a former reality show producer for CBS; and a Web software developer for social networking sites – GodTube has no connection to YouTube.

But like the secular site, it’s rooted in the free posting and sharing of videos and other digital media.

The site also bills itself as an online community, and already has more than 200,000 members; a Facebook-esque social network; 800,000 hours of video footage from local church services worldwide; virtual Bible studies; a video Bible; live broadcasts of religious services and concerts; and even a virtual prayer wall that launched Dec. 17.

Last month, GodTube broke a barrier by launching Godcaster, a program that allows churches to stream live video during services or religious programs directly to the Web site.

And after just four months in existence, GodTube.comhas already broken records, drawing more than 4 million visitors per month in August and September, about 5 million in October, and more than 6 million in November, according to ComScore, a Web traffic tracking outfit.

Wyatt says that while he started GodTube.com out of a sense of urgency, he isn’t surprised at the site’s success.

‘I DID SOME INVESTIGATING’

“I was reading an Internet survey last year that said in 2025 about half as many people would be going to church compared to the year 2000,” says Wyatt, who is preparing for his ordination as a minister under the tutelage of Bob Coy, pastor at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale.

“If this was the automotive industry you’d expect alarm bells to go off and for this to be front-page news that consumers were predicting they would stop using a product after so many years.

“I did some investigating. I found the youth of America were the key. They don’t respond to direct mail, e-mail solicitation or banner ads. They respond to social networks, video file sharing. And I knew that if we could present God and church in those formats we could reach those disenchanted youth.”

Wyatt’s theory caught fire. GodTube recently announced a partnership with 50 churches and religious ministries, from the Crystal Cathedral in California, to Liberty University in Virginia, to Illinois-based Total Christian Television network, to Calvary Chapel and Coral Ridge Ministries in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The union, Wyatt says, has allowed GodTube to reach more viewers each day than every other Christian-themed television broadcast and Web posting combined.

For all its good intentions, GodTube is a business – a privately run corporation that so far has taken in “millions of dollars in investments,” Wyatt says. “We’re not turning a profit yet. But things are heading that way.”

GodTube.com

Is this an effective way to evangelize?

What do you think about Godtube?

Is this an effective way to target disenchanted (christian) youth?

Comments?

More Important Things in Life?

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As we roll into the weekend and I am getting ready to plant my little corner garden, I’m reading this article and thinking, man, there really are more important things in life!!!

As my family members and friends struggling with cancer and life threatening diseases, they are dealing with un-faithful spouses and the consequences of that sin on their family, struggling with mental ‘illnesses’ and financial problems.

With a new diagnosis of thyroid cancer on the horizon, [another family member], my thoughts go all selfish, and I think about now, my chances of cancer are rising, rising to a screamingly high level. And what does this hold for my future and my family?

Last week I read the new Knit1 magazine and they show articles of recycling things to knit and make.


So I got this manic idea to knit, from video cassette tape and orange fabric, a mail box cover. Most knitters have seen the knitted tree ‘socks’ and such out on the streets of major cities. So I’m working on this and get the news of my aunts’ prognosis of her breast cancer and my other aunt possibly having thyroid cancer. These are both my mothers’ sisters.

I look at all this stuff lying around my ‘craft’ room and just tear up. I’m appalled at myself.

What am I doing? Life has to be about more.

Not just doing something for the sake of doing something, for arts sake. But for eternal meaning.

Everything I do should be for …something…..something eternal….something with meaning…something for others…something to help others.

I put everything away in a box, for now.

So, now what do I do?

Sunday, my son and I are going to orientation at the Humane Society, for him this time. He is very excited about volunteering there, altho he probably wouldn’t admit it to just anyone.

We will miss another day of church, what more eternal? What’s more helping others?

My mind is sort of stuck on, what do I do?

With my chief end in mind*, how now do I live?

* Q1: What is the chief end of man?

A1: Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.

Blessings on your weekend, strive to love the Lord and Glorify Him!