WIP Wednesday – My First Socks

There were two things I wanted to be able to make when I taught myself to knit. The first was longies for the little to wear over their cloth diapers and the second was socks. I just love fun socks and other than to work out I rarely wear plain white socks. I’ve collected sock yarn in every color of the rainbow and queued up dozens of patterns I’ll make some day. In the short time I’ve been knitting I’ve mastered a lot of things, but I had yet to cast on a pair of socks. From what I heard it seemed so daunting and I just wasn’t sure I had what it takes.

This past week has been a rough one for a myriad of reasons and my oldest son often leaves me bible verses. I’m quite sure God speaks directly to him because he always knows just what to post on the bulletin board for me. This weekend it was:

 “Let them turn the other cheek to those who strike them and accept the insults of their enemies.” Lamentations 3:30 NLV

Seeing it there in his boyish scribble reminded me of another of my favorite verses.

“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee.” Proverbs 25:21-22 KJV

These verses speak volumes of how I try to live my life. It’s not always easy, but it makes us feel better when we treat people with love, even those who don’t deserve it and I hope I have been able to teach my children that as well.

Father of the man I married was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and is undergoing chemo therapy. This makes me very sad as I think he’s a good man. Despite their opinions towards us I still consider them family and I want the kids to send him drawings and well wishes. In times of crisis I craft. So I pulled out my needles and began to pray as I knit; for healing and peace and love. And my first pair of socks is going to him. I hope they keep him warm when he gets the chills, wick away the sweats, and more importantly make him feel loved.

I learned some new techniques and I’m excited to make socks for everyone now.

I have a shawl in progress. I had been saving this yarn for my someday daughter, but since I’ve only been blessed with boys I decided to use it for myself. I love Carina Spencer’s patterns and Faraway so Close is no exception. Isn’t it nummy?

This week has been a pretty productive one though. I finished a baby dress I had left sitting for far too long and now it will be going to it’s new home. I also finished some custom blanket orders. I even made a potty mat for the turkey. Protecting the floors from him is tricky business sometimes.

                               Happy Crafting-

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