Wednesday, April 25, 2012

When all else fails, (joyfully) knit a washcloth...

What's a girl to do when the project (poncho) she's been working on -- and it's almost finished -- needs to be ripped out? 


That's right! She (joyfully? nope.) rips it out, winds up the yarn, and sets the the thing aside (joyfully? yep.). I tucked it inside my knitting basket, pulled some organic cotton from my yarn stash, and decided to spend a little time knitting washcloths. Washcloths are easy. Ponchos can be easy, too, but not so much when you alter the pattern and then realize your changes just aren't going to work. Argh.

Enter joy -- a godly woman's adornment by Lydia Brownback which I'm reading to prepare for, you guessed it, a short talk on the topic of joy. :)

Sometimes joy is hard won. We have to fight for it.
~L. Brownback

So, my friends, are you joyful? What are you reading these days? What projects are you working on?

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  1. Anonymous4/25/2012

    Right now, with all of Miss A's appointments, I have not been able to do anything - argh!

    But you are right...even though a poncho is not working right now, you are still creating - good for you! :)

  2. Anonymous4/25/2012

    Good for you! Sometimes we just need to take a break from those things that just don't seem to be working!

    I haven't read that book by Lydia B., but it sounds great. Love to quote you shared. I'm sure your talk will go very well.

    In addition to my 10 Bible chapters each day, I'm reading Brokenness (by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.) Also a great book. Enjoy your washcloths!! They are fun and quick!!

  3. Finding joy in all, especially those little annoyances is so very important. Love the color of the washcloth.

  4. Oh I don't know if I would have been so quick to find joy in having to rip out an almost finished project, but it is encouraging to hear that you did! I have never knitted a washcloth, but can see why they would be so gratefully embraced after an incident like the one you just described! :)

  5. oh dear, sorry to hear about the poncho! enjoy making your wash cloth!!

  6. Anonymous4/25/2012

    Sorry about the poncho, but I do have to admit I have a weakness for wash cloths. In some weird way they're almost meditative.

  7. Washcloths are very relaxing. Hopefully you can make a positive spin on your sad poncho. I always think of James 1:2-4 when I'm in a stressful situation that needs more joy. :)

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  9. i like how you turned a bit of a frustrating experiance into a joyful one. your poncho will get back on track and in the meantime you'll have some lovely cloths!

  10. As you know already the Lord has been working on my joyful( or less) heart lately. He is bringing me closer to Him and teaching my heart to be joyful in Him and not the things in my life. To trust and obey for there is NO other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey. Thank you for sharing your heart and I pray many blessings on your talk. You will do a wonderful job, I know you will.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

  11. Always love your washcloths! Oooh, I'm sorry about that poncho -- I'm not an advanced-enough knitter to even think about altering a pattern, so even though it didn't turn out, I'm STILL impressed, LOL!


  12. nice post thanks for sharing...looking for to visit more...blessings...soraya

  13. So sorry about your poncho. Your moss green washcloth is a consolation, isn't it? Green is a good color for spring.
    My WIP is a reproduction 19th century girlhood sampler - I started this cross stitch two years ago and put on hold. I am changing the bottom to be a poem by Emily Dickinson on "Hope" and during my next sitting will be ripping out the last three words to do them over and make them fit better. Therefore I can relate, somewhat, to ripping out. The book on Joy sounds interesting.
    Karen A.


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