Friday, July 25, 2014

Dormition of St. Anna, Mother of the Theotokos

While most Annas celebrate their name days on September 9th (the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anna), I've always celebrated mine today.

Tradition tells us that the Righteous Joachim and Anna conceived the Theotokos after they had been married 50 years. When the Theotokos had reached the age of three they took her to the temple to be raised there.

During the next seven years, Righteous Anna and Joachim visited Mary often at the temple until they died, leaving her an orphan at age ten. St. Joachim lived for 80 years and Anna for 79, and they both entered into the kingdom of God before the Annunciation to the Most Holy Theotokos. The Dormition feast day of St. Anna is celebrated on July 25.

The holy Ancestor-of-God Joachim had himself reposed at 80 years of age, several years after the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple (November 21). St Anna, having been left a widow, moved from Nazareth to Jerusalem, and lived near the Temple. At Jerusalem she bought two pieces of property: the first at the gates of Gethsemane, and the second in the valley of Josaphat. At the second locale she built a tomb for the members of her family, and where also she herself was buried with Joachim. It was there in the Garden of Gethsemane that the Savior often prayed with His disciples.

The most-pure body of the Mother of God was buried in the family tomb. Christians honored the sepulchre of the Mother of God, and they built a church on this spot. Within the church was preserved the precious funeral cloth, which covered Her all-pure and fragrant body.  (source)
Divinely-wise Anna, you carried in your womb the pure Mother of God, who gave life to our Life.
Therefore, you are now carried joyfully to the inheritance of heaven,
To the abode of those who rejoice in glory,
Where you seek forgiveness of sins for those who faithfully honor you,  ever blessed one.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Yarn Along: Tiny Things

This week is all about tiny things. Yesterday I posted about this tiny knitting basket I made for Flopsy's dollhouse. (More pictures on that post.)

Mostly I've been working to get a batch of tiny hats for Calvin's Hats completed. I've had the majority of these done (except for embellishments) for a very long time, but I keep working on other projects. Time to wrap it up!

I did a bit of an experiment to make a bunch of hats using the same yarn and needles, but casting on different numbers of stitches. More about that on the Ravelry page. Here they are before embellishing:

And after:

Here are the rest of the hats:

The following were all made with crochet thread and either size 0 knitting needles or a size 7 crochet hook. The flowers (except the daisy) were made by me too.

This is the first time I am not just sending hats made by me. Ribby and Flopsy each made some and spent yesterday evening embellishing them in the living room.

(That fork is used to make tiny bows...)

Knitted by Ribby

Crocheted by Flopsy
I've spent the last several days working on the books I mentioned last week: the vintage science fiction.

One is Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. (Technically there are many more books in the series, but these were the original three.) I had no idea that the Hitchhiker's Guide books by Douglas Adams were a parody of these. (It's obvious they're parodies, but I didn't know specifically of what.) Anyway, very, very enjoyable.

I've also delved into Arthur C. Clarke's books for the first time. And no, I haven't read 2001, A Space Odyssey. The library didn't have it. I did check out The Songs of Distant Earth which was great. I definitely want to get more of his books.

One think I'm kicking myself for is only getting ONE of Robert Heinlein's books! Double Star was fantastic. I laughed out loud several times and was thoroughly entertained.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Miniature Knitting Basket

 Father has gone to Dallas this week for the diocesan assembly. That means that I have a little more time on my hands. This afternoon I made this little basket for Flopsy's dollhouse.

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Interloper

 Last night I was sitting at the computer doing something important probably playing solitaire while holding Miss Moppet. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a bit of grey and white fur slide past the corner of the window that I could see between the lamp and the stack of files sitting there. I thought it was Smokey, our grey and white cat. The cats like to hop up on the window sill on the porch and look soulfully at us until we let them in. 

Then after a half a second, something else slid past that corner of the window sill. Something sort of pink. Something furless. Something like a giant earthworm.


I sat up and craned my neck to look over the stack of files on the desk. Um, that's not Smokey...

Thinking I only had a few seconds before it ran off, I grabbed the camera (sitting conveniently on the desk) and snapped a picture. It didn't run away. It just sat there and looked at me, rather soulfully.

I quietly called for the kids to come look. Flopsy had been convinced that a possum was getting into the cat food (on the porch) and I wanted them to see the proof that she was right. No one came. I gave up all pretense of being quiet and hollered for them. Miss Moppet was looking at the possum and getting that excited look and waving her arms and legs. If she could talk she would have been saying, "KITTY!!!!!"

No, but kitties were there. Here's Smokey looking at the interloper:

And here's Indiana. He's guarding the cat food bowl. Neither cat seemed to know what to do. The possum, while hardly full-grown, was larger than their usual prey. 

Plus, it was just sitting there, looking soulfully at us. It could clearly see seven (then eight, as Father finally came in) faces looking at it, and yet it was staying put. Father said it was hoping we would think it was a cat and let it in. LOL.

I quietly opened the front door and tried to get a picture from the perspective of the porch. It decided the gig was up and turned around to leave.

It went from the windowsill to the adjoining porch ledge and then we saw how it had gotten up there: it had climbed the scaffolding (there to assist with painting the trim on the house). You can see it just disappearing around one of the uprights (it doesn't really have two tails - it's just the camera).

We brought the cat food inside for the night. And we have not adopted another "kitty", despite the pathetic looks from some of the children and the comparisons to orphaned kittens.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blueberry Jam

 A parishioner gave us a quart and a half of blueberries over the weekend. 

Yesterday I turned them into jam.

As you can see, we've already been enjoying it.

Thank you, Robert!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yarn Along: Busy Fingers

[I didn't do a Yarn Along post last week because we were traveling and I wouldn't have a way to upload photos. Because of that, and because the fact that we were traveling meant I was knitting more than usual, this is a full post!]

For fun, I started making some little dresses for Miss Moppet's Nonna Bear. I started with a pattern for a cardigan and modified it. It wasn't nearly as hard as you would think. I made the bottom one first and it is too short really. I need to knit some little bloomers (as soon as I can figure out how). The second one has a good length, but it's too wide in the waist. Well, Nonna Bear's figure is not perfect (whose is?)

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Here's the progress on the Honey Cowl (the very-belated-and-getting-more-belated-by-the-day birthday gift). It represents a full skein, 279 yards. I figure I'm about 2/3 through.

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The following is a fall-themed layette for a woman at church who is due in September. I asked what colors she was wanting and she suggested fall colors (she won't know the sex until birth). I realized I had the perfect yarns in my stash for it.

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I've just started a hooded baby coat for Miss Moppet. She'll need one come fall. This yarn is from the yarn store I went to in AL (more on all the new yarn below). It's so soft you just want to dive into it.

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Recently I added quite a lot of yarn to my stash. I only get yarn for which I have a specific purpose, or if it's an unbeatable price, or if I really like it. Or just because. You can see how very discerning I am.

   I got these yarns at Michael's in AL on our trip:

$.99 each!

Such a soft, fine yarn. This will turn into a dress for the baby, I think.

Sock yarn! I love it.

         I just picked up this bamboo crochet thread at Walmart a few days ago for a song (closeout). I'm a total sucker for bamboo.

          I got these (and the purple yarn I'm using for Miss Moppet's coat) at the yarn store I went to in AL.

SOOO soft. Perfect sweater yarn.

More sock yarn! Very soft (because of the bamboo)!

Now, I have to be honest here and say that I'm too tired to go take pictures of the books and upload them. I went to the library today and brought home books by Arthur C. Clarke, Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, amongst others. I'm on a vintage sci-fi kick. :)