Convertible Gloves: Knitting Pattern

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Since our family heats by woodstove during the winter, I found my hands would get pretty cold as I worked on my laptop upstairs. Answer: fingerless gloves. But I also liked having the option of mittens, thus: convertible gloves! (or “glittens” as I have also heard them called)

I actually found a nifty pair for 8 bucks at REI’s Scratch-and-Dent sale, but after bringing it home, I found out that I had two left-hand gloves!… which is not really useful… at all. Thank you to REI for the refund! Smile

So, being the crafty and resourceful homeschooler that I am, I started my search for a good knitting pattern. And was rather surprised to discover how hard it is to find a free, online pattern for convertible gloves! I had expected for there to be a greater number of patterns available than the handful I found.

I settled on the pattern called “Chilly Podsters”, which is available for free on Ravelry. I IMG_0153-1didn’t have any alpaca yarn which was what they suggested using, so used some australian wool that had been on sale at Ben Franklin.I did the glove and the mitten flap in two different colors, which looks good while the flap is down, but rather odd when the flap is pulled over the fingers. This particular pattern also let you knit a small flap in the thumb, which would be helpful to owners of smartphones or similar touchscreen devices.

I didn’t feel I needed the thumb flap, so I knit the thumb normally.

I was familiar with knitting in the round and so had no trouble with the double pointed needles. I did encounter “ssk”, or slip-slip-knit, and the kitchener stitch, but those were easy enough to learn. I linked the stitch names to websites that will show you how to do those stitches.

The gloves were easy to knit up – probably took me a week overall, since I worked on them here and there. I found that the wrist and fingers were snug (I knit up the small size, since I have TINY hands), while the palm and back of the hands were a little baggy. I’m not sure how that could be corrected, though. 108

Also there were no instructions for making a small loop at the end of the flap so you could fasten it down with a button, but that can be figured out pretty easily. The pattern for Broadstreet Mittens could be used to help you insert a loop and button onto the Podster gloves, or if you prefer the look of Broadstreet, you could knit that up!

I enjoyed making these because they expanded my knowledge of knitting and they are entirely useful! After you make a pair for yourself, keep going! What friend and family member do you know that would not appreciate and be able to use these gloves?

If you have never knit in the round before, I encourage you to try it. It looks more complicated than it is! You could always start with something even simpler, such as a hat or a scarf knit in the round, to adjust to knitting with circular or double pointed needles.

Have fun!

There is a Plan

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Just a few minutes ago, I received the final declaration about the last piece of the path this next year will follow. Needless to say, I am STOKED! :D This upcoming year is looking absolutely AMAZING and I am so excited to experience it! And after switching from one idea to another – considering everything from Europe to New Zealand to the Pacific Crest Trail and about a million other neat destinations – it feels so wonderful to know where I am going.

Do you want to know?? :D

I have been absolutely blessed with countless options for a summer job. Last year I was contacted by Glacier and Mt. Rainier, and as you probably know I went with the latter choice. This year I was contacted and offered a job by Glacier National Park, Bryce Canyon, Acadia, Yellowstone. Wow! Talk about amazing places to work!

If you’ve kept up with my social updates, you know my head was spinning from all of these choices and everything that had to be considered – money, location, friends… what did I want?? My first choice rested on Acadia, then on Bryce, then on Yellowstone… But with each new job offer, I realized more and more what I wanted. I did not want Glacier, because of the location (call me crazy, but I felt it was too similar to Mt. Rainier!). Bryce was very secluded, and since I would not be bringing my own car, it would be difficult to travel around during my days off. Acadia was very intertwined with towns and more suburban than remote. And at Yellowstone, the company had some bad “reviews”.

Enter New Option.

When I came home to find an email from Signal Mountain waiting, asking if I would consider a summer job with them, I was exasperated. I was ready for God to start closing doors – there were too many open doors at the moment! But God knew what He was doing. As usual. :)

As I began to look into the company and the location, I found people could say nothing but good things about both. Phrases like “best summer ever” and “would go back in a heartbeat” showed up. Many people return to Signal Mountain – what a change from Mt. Rainier, where many people left before their contract ended, and would never come back again! Two of my coworkers and friends from Mt Rainier, Lee and Kayla, had worked at Signal Mountain several years before. As I read their blogs and scrolled through the pictures capturing the scenery and their adventures, I was intrigued.

Signal Mountain was about 30 minutes from Jackson, Wyoming – fairly remote, yet you could still easily drive to a town, other hikes, and Yellowstone National Park. It was next to Jackson Lake, so I could do some kayaking – which I have been longing to do recently.

I was offered a job as a busser in the restaurants – which did not give me the stress and responsibility of a server, yet was not as low and menial as dishwasher. I would be happily busy and would also get a share of the tips.

And did I mention the company?? They have employee events such as Olympics and Christmas in August. Their employee dining room is known for its great food. Looking through the paperwork they sent me, I could easily tell they cared about their employees.

So… I took the job. :)

That’s right, I am working at Signal Mountain in the Grand Teton National Park this summer!!

As usual, God was overseeing my way. Time and time again in my life, He has provided perfectly at the right time – never too late. I kinda thought I had the trust issue down, but looking back at how consumed with worry and fret I had been, I see I’ve still got a lot to learn.

But that’s not the end of my news… yes, there’s more. (This is going to be a long blog post, sorry!) Just less than an hour ago I received confirmation that my application to Ecola was complete, and even more than that… I had been accepted!! The official letter will come in a few days. :)

What is Ecola, you ask?

Well it’s located at the Canyon Beach Conference Center in Oregon, and is a place for people, 18 years and up, to set aside a year (or a semester… but in my case a year) and study God and His Word. The teachers come from all over, stay for several weeks, and speak about books of the Bible, theology, doctrine, missions, etc… Students don’t just sit around and soak in, they also get involved with local churches and put their learning into action.

I have been planning to go to Ecola since I graduated, but something else has always come up. But about a month ago I finally finished the entire application and sent it in, and now I know for sure I am going.

Yes, it feels great to know my path.

I will not be depending on or resting my full weight upon this plan, though – my Pillar of Fire could move, stay, or switch directions at any time. But for now these are my bearings, and the wind is behind me and strong. Adventure waits ahead! :)

Too Wonderful For Me

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Our church has been reading through the Bible, together, chronologically, and we finished the book of Job in January. I love the beautiful poetry in the latter chapters, where the Lord speaks to Job out of a whirlwind, and through a barrage of posed questions and even a couple of sarcastic comments, breaks down the reasoning behind any appeals for mercy Job could have given.

These chapters are one of the moments where instead of God “becoming less” – tearing down the curtain of the tabernacle, drawing close and lifting us closer to Himself – He reminds us, almost coldly, of our smallness juxtaposed to His infinite glory.

With every question He gives and every answer He demands, we are forced to sink lower and lower, our pleas and excuses for why we deserve mercy caught in our chest, our hand pressed to our mouth to avoid presenting foolish words to the great YHWH.

Being able to understand, even slightly, just who we are compared to the Lord, makes His grace and loving attention to us all the more great and praise-inspiring.

From these chapters I was inspired to do a drawing, which I just finished about a week ago. Smile Check it out.

Job 38-40

…the LORD spoke to Job out of the storm. He said:

“Who is this that obscures my plans
with words without knowledge?
Brace yourself like a man;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?
Tell me, if you understand.
Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!
Who stretched a measuring line across it?
On what were its footings set,
or who laid its cornerstone—
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?

Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea
or walked in the recesses of the deep?
Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?
Tell me, if you know all this.

img-304085833-2What is the way to the abode of light?
And where does darkness reside?
Can you take them to their places?
Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Surely you know, for you were already born!
You have lived so many years!

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Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook
or tie down its tongue with a rope?
Can you put a cord through its nose
or pierce its jaw with a hook?
Will it make an agreement with you
for you to take it as your slave for life?
Can you make a pet of it like a bird
or put it on a leash for the young women in your house?
If you lay a hand on it,
you will remember the struggle and never do it again!
Any hope of subduing it is false;
the mere sight of it is overpowering.

No one is fierce enough to rouse it.
Who then is able to stand against me?
Who has a claim against me that I must pay?
Everything under heaven belongs to me…

Who shut up the sea behind doors
when it burst forth from the womb,
when I made the clouds its garment
and wrapped it in thick darkness,
when I fixed limits for it
and set its doors and bars in place,
when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther;
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Can you bind the chainsof the Pleiades?
Can you loosen Orion’s belt?
Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasonsor lead out the Bear with its cubs?
Do you know the laws of the heavens?
Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?

Can you raise your voice to the cloudsimg-304085833-5
and cover yourself with a flood of water?
Do you send the lightning bolts on their way?
Do they report to you, ‘Here we are’?

Who has the wisdom to count the clouds?
Who can tip over the water jars of the heavens
when the dust becomes hard
and the clods of earth stick together?

Then Job replied to the LORD:

I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.img-304085833-7

I am unworthy—how can I reply to you?
I put my hand over my mouth.
I spoke once, but I have no answer—
twice, but I will say no more.

My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Therefore I despise myself
and repent in dust and ashes

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Hidden Gems

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When you first become an artist, you’re like that rock. You’re in a raw, unnatural state, with hidden gems inside. You need to dig down deep and find the emeralds tucked away inside you. And that’s just the beginning. Once you’ve found your gems, you have to polish them. It takes a lot of hard work. Oh, and here’s the tricky part. Look at the crack in the geode… You see that big green crystal there? You could spend years polishing that, and it wouldn’t be worth much at all. The smaller crystals are much more valuable. And there may be some even deeper inside that you can’t see.

~Whisper of the Heart

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I just finished re-reading one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors, and wanted to share these words with you. Because they are beautiful and true.

Excerpt from A Million Miles In a Thousand Year, by Donald Miller:

I realized that for years I’d thought of love as something that would complete me, make all my troubles go away. I worshiped at the altar of romantic completion. And it had cost me, plenty of times. And it had cost most of the girls I’d dated, too, because I wanted  them to be something they couldn’t be. It’s too much pressure to put on a person. I think that’s why so many couples fight, because they want their partners to Interruptedvalidate and affirm them, and if they don’t get that, they feel as though they’re going to die. But it’s a terrible thing to wake up and realize the person you just finished crucifying didn’t turn out to be Jesus.

I was interviewing my friend Susan Isaacs… She said she had married a guy, and he was just a guy. He wasn’t going to make all her problems go away, because he was just a guy. And that freed her to really love him as a guy, not as an ultimate problem solver. And because her husband believed she was just a girl, he was free to really love her too. Neither needed the other to make everything okay. They were simply content to have good company through life’s conflicts. I thought that was beautiful.

…When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.

I think it’s great to want a husband, or to want a wife (I’m talking to the unmarried teens here). It’s natural. It’s how God created us! But while phrases like “he completes me” sound great, it’s not how we should view marriage. Marriage does not complete us. Nothing on this earth can complete us, and we will not be complete until the earth and skies themselves have been made new. I know that sounds depressing – as if all of our hope and joy will be in the future – but the thought is actually amazingly freeing. I suppose a simplified way to say it is – lower your expectations on other people, because not a single one can give you what you are looking for.

As Donald Miller described, when you stop expecting a person to complete you and to be perfect and to say the right words all the time and to understand you and to love you unconditionally, you find freedom to love them for who they are. When you expect someone to be Jesus, you will be disappointed 100% of the time. But when you realize that the people you live with and the person you may one day marry will mess up all the time, when you stop expecting perfection, you will no longer be disappointed as they fall short, because they will. They are fallen, I am fallen, you are fallen.

Or as Oswald Chambers wrote,

“Never look for right in the other man, but never cease to be right yourself. We are always looking for justice; the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is—Never look for justice, but never cease to give it.”

While this is all great advice for any relationship, I think that it applies to marriage the most. Because that is what we – however greatly or mildly, however subconsciously – look to to complete us. Just look at what culture tells us! The majority of books and movies and stories out there are about a guy and a girl finding each other. Every story looks different and every ending is different, but in the end they portray marriage as something that gives a completion to your life! Without it = Miserable, With it = Whole. I know I often commit the mistake of thinking that marriage will infinitely improve my life, and that somehow a fallen, human guy will make my entire life better. That I will no longer feel lonely or inadequate or unloved.

Don’t place those expectations on any human, cause they cannot meet them.

We should not lower our standards as we wait for a godly spouse, but we should be aware that humans do not complete. Only God can fulfill and provide what we need.

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This video fits pretty much perfectly. :)

Thanks for reading, I hope you find this encouraging in your own life!

Sarah

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