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I blocked my sage green alpaca lace Branching Out scarf last night and discovered two mistakes.  One is a dropped stitch in a leaf motif; the other is a mis-stitched leaf.  I think I can go in and do a fix on both that won’t be too noticeable, but this points out the perils of distractions while knitting, especially lace.

This pattern is supposed to be easy lace, but I found that the last two rows of the pattern stitch were complicated enough that the slightest distraction could throw them off.  Knitting this during our cross-country move was knitting in the depth of distraction.


That said, my purpose for knitting this pattern was to try it out to see if it might be a good pattern for a clergy stole.  I took a self-picture that didn’t turn out too great, but I think it shows that it’s a definite possibility.  The color is majorly off in this picture, but I took it to show how nicely it hangs.


I’m thinking some nice linen. Silk could be good, too.  It would just need to be made about three times as long.  Green, of course would be the natural choice for the season after Pentecost with this leaf pattern (“I am the vine, you are the branches….”), but I could see it in other liturgical colors, too.  A nice hand-painted yarn in reds, yellows, and oranges could be quite stunning for Pentecost and give the appearance of tongues of fire.  This pattern definitely looks nice on top of white and would stand out well on my white robe. 

Not that I need any more clergy stoles…..


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Happy Easter!  The greeting shared among Christians this day is:

Christ is Risen!  Christ is Risen, indeed!


Since it is Easter I thought I would post a picture of a counted cross stitch cross I completed a while back.  It’s Mike Vickery’s Emerald Cross.  I really like the color combinations on it.  He has a number of other beautiful cross designs as well as other designs for counted cross stitch.

I’ve been trying to decide how to finish it, because I’ve mounted my own unofficial campaign to make things that are usable, rather than things that will be hung on a wall. DSCN1725_edited

When my sister gave me these beautiful fat quarters, I thought that one or more of them would combine nicely with this cross to make a notebook or padfolio cover. 

I’m going to play around with adding some couched fibers on top of whichever fabric(s) I decide to use with this cross stitch piece.  The cross is just under seven inches in diameter, and I will probably inset it into one of the fabric pieces to make a cover.


One of my favorite things during Easter is getting to wear my clergy stole that I got in El Salvador.  I also wear this stole for weddings. 

It is hand embroidered with lots of colorful birds, butterflies, and flowers which are very typical Salvadoran decorative motifs.  You also see them on brightly painted wooden crosses. 

The first picture is of most of the stole.  The others are close-ups.

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I love this stole because it represents hope, joy, and new life.

Grace to you, and Peace, throughout the Great Fifty Days of Easter.   

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Today is the first day of my blog. My daughter who is a specialist in social media says that this is where it’s at for building community (not her words, my interpretation). After jumping onto many blogs as a result of looking for community around fibers and fabric (e.g. quilting, needlework, knitting, etc.) when I couldn’t find that community in my community, I decided it was time to start my own blog. I’m not sure about putting myself out there like this, but I do love to write and most of the time I journal daily (although I’ve recently been taking a break). I’m going to use this blog to keep myself accountable and on-track on creative things, mostly fiber related, but expect I will often stray into other areas. Being a theologian, I can’t help it.

Yesterday was the first day of Advent, and so I’ve chosen this time to start my blog. Advent is (or should be) a time of standing on tiptoe expectation. That anticipation has been woefully replaced by waiting for Santa Claus to come, waiting in line at the shopping mall, and waiting for the bills to arrive in the mail. But Advent is really about waiting for God—and God’s amazing justice that is just so grace-filled.

Several years ago I designed and made a clergy stole entitled Magnificat: The Advent of God’s Justice. I wear it during the Advent season and it reminds me of how often it is the women in our world who do not receive, but work and wait expectantly for justice. The stole depicts Mary from The Gospel of Luke and Hannah from 1 Samuel. They are the white star flowers. They are vining up through bands of deep violet, burgundy, and beige/gold. Those bands represent the women of El Salvador, especially the COMADRES (the Mothers of the Disappeared) whose leaders I met in 1996. Violet represents their tears, burgundy the blood shed by so many of them and their families during the civil war there, and the beige/gold represents the land of El Salvador that is so beautiful and from which so many of these women and their loved ones were pushed. We are all connected.

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There’s a lot of other symbolism in the stole, but I’ll leave it at that for today.

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