Monday, 31 December 2007
Monday, 24 December 2007
Did Mary and Joseph give their son, Jesus the wrong name?
In Matthew (the first book of the New Testament) an angel appears to Joseph and tells him
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. (Matt 1:21)
But then Matthew goes on to say
All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: "The virgin will be with Child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us" (Math 1:22-23)
From the time that people decided to go it alone - leave God out of the picture - He planned to restore the relationship between Himself and humans. All through the Old Testament (even in Genesis) God gave hints or glimpses at the person who would bring peace, between rebellious people and a holy God. In Isaiah, this person is given the name Immanuel.
So did someone make a mistake? Was it Isaiah, the prophet of verses 22 & 23? Was it the angel? Did Joseph mis-hear (a case of Chinese whispers) ? Was it Matthew writing it down wrong? What name is the Son of God meant to have ... Jesus or Immanuel??????
The answer lies in the meanings of the names. The name Jesus means God saves. The name Immanuel means God with us.
So God's saviour has both these names. It is through God, dwelling amongst us, and being with us, that he saves. This concept is HUGE, and gives me big goofy grins whenever I think on it. Here's the really amazing part ... God is holy, and as such, can't be at peace (ie not at 'war') with people who reject him, but because God is with us (Immanuel), now when he looks at us He sees Jesus (and so God saves). When we fast forward to Easter, we see God with us in Jesus dying on the cross - he took all our rebellion on his own head - and so God saves. And fast forward even further, to when Jesus returns (the Second Coming), and there we have an amazing picture of God dwelling with his saved people.
So have you accepted that Jesus is Immanuel?
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Monday, 10 December 2007
Guess what my husband was up to this afternoon.
I think he really wanted a chain saw, but there was no way that was going to happen.We found a birds nest in part of the hedge. I don't think it's in use anymore - well certainly not after the hedge got pruned.
I finished the Octopus. I think he looks like he's blind. Not sure if I'm happy with it or not. I think it might be a little too scary for a kid's toy.
Saturday, 8 December 2007
Yarn: 2 ply hand dyed (colourway Iris) bought on eBay - sorry can't remember seller
Needles: 3.5mm knitpicks options
Pattern: The lace pattern was taken from Ogee Lace Skirt, Interweave Knits Summer 07.
I cast on and worked the charted lace until I ran out of yarn (I had a 7cm tail at the end).
"So what about the other one??" Be patient, and read on. Here's what I've done so far.
The yarn was bought when I was in New Zealand, Artisan NZ Merino Lace Weight. Green is my mum's favourite colour, so an obvious choice. The pattern I chose is meant to resemble a fern, and has been adapted from Jo Sharps Lace Panel Sweater in Issue 2 of knit. This yarn is lighter than the other, and can be tricky to knit with in a car on a bumpy road (like on the way to work). I started it last Sunday, so should be able to have it blocked and wrapped in plenty of time .... providing I don't get distracted!
Less than $6 at the local book fair. Hurrah!
Saturday, 1 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
True to form, the watched pot didn't boil. It seemed so close for so long. But I got sick of waiting, and started weaving in the ends of dishcloths. When I turn around again, I find the pot of dye boiling away, and dispersing small pink droplets around the kitchen (I think I've cleaned most of it up now).
Sunday, 25 November 2007
Zena braved the car trip with her two boys. A & S are soooo cute, and they wooed the group with their excellent behaviour, beautiful eyes, gorgeous cardigans (nice knitting Zena), and general baby goodness.
I got a fair bit of knitting done - finished the knitting part of 'the blue cardigan'. No sewing up done as yet ... I'll wait until I know if it's needed (or if I need to sew buttons on the cream cardigan sitting in my 'nearly finished projects' box).
And there were presents too! I scored a monster size pack (even bigger than the beetle) of fun shaped buttons. Best of all was food. We ordered a few platters of food - fish, dips, wedges, tapas, antipasto etc etc etc, which went well with a bottle or two of red.
Although I did find the next day that I had done some really weird things on the lace scarf I'm still plugging away at. There wasn't much harm done - only two rows to tink.
Friday, 23 November 2007
My neice (the impossibly cute recipient) turns one next Saturday.
Here's a photo of the finished item, lounging on the ottoman.
I must admit that I was getting sick of the pattern towards the end. But at least I didn't need to keep referring the chart.
I like working cables, I like the way the twist around, they make sense. Looking at where the stitches have come from, I can see where they're headed. Plus, I've figured out how to avoid using a cable needle (except for particularly tricky bits). So when I work through my current backlog, I might have another crack at this ...
I started using the zig zag rib on another project, but it was driving me batty, using the cable needle to move the stitches around every second row.
I almost forgot to mention ...
Trellis was knitted in Rowan All Seasons Cotton on 4.5 mm needles. The pattern is from knitty, and if you click here, you can have a look at it yourself.
Friday, 16 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
It sounded like fun, so I signed up. Now I just need to decide what to knit. Something that I can get finished before March 20, and won't need to be given as a present before it's returned. Hmmm, I'll need to get planning.
I spied a picture of this in Knitting Daily. I know it's a blog used to make me want to buy more interweave stuff, but I can't help it.
Seeing as I haven't gotten around to subscribing, I'll have to plan a trip to a decent newsagents in the near future.
Pattern: Zoe Mellor, adorable knits for tiny tots, polka dot booties and hat
Yarn: Shepherd 4 ply wool
Needles: 3.25 mm addi turbos
The booties were okay. not too many colour changes, and I could fudge the stranding across the back to avoid buckets of bobbins.
Not so with the hat. Each column of dots had it's own bobbin - 11 bobbins of white yarn to get tangled up. Now I've finished, I'm going to put the book down, step back quietly, and talk to myself very sternly if I ever think of knitting it again.
We were sad to see Mr W's grandfather loose his fight with cancer last week. But there was comfort that he was no longer plagued with pain or breathing difficulties. And even greater comfort from the words of the Bible, that his confidence in Christ means that his eternal future is secure.
Saturday, 3 November 2007
Here's me wearing the finished item - I was still waking up when the photo was taken, hope there are no visible pillow creases.
And here's the inside. Please note the (somewhat) even tension of the strands (not too bad for my first fair isle project imho). The cotton around the bottom stops itchy forehead-itis.
Pattern: Brooklyntweed's Red Light Special
Yarn: Ashford Tekapo
Needles: 3.5 mm circular
I know I've been quite silly, and knitted a very warm woollen hat, just as the weather's starting to warm up. But it's not that bad, I'll get to wear it in February when we go to Japan. Now I can really look forward to that holiday.
In other news, I'm onto the second sleeve of Trellis.
But I was getting bored with the pattern. So to spice things up a bit, started working on some dishcloths for Christmas presents (it's not blocked yet).
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Saturday, 27 October 2007
Saturday, 20 October 2007
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Sunday, 14 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Graduation day went off with a lot of pomp and ceremony, and the requisite screaming children in the middle of the speeches. After much practise, I managed the 3 step process to receive my degree - shake with the right hand, accept the testamur with the left, and then doff with right. It was more complicated than actions to a Wiggles song - "Hands in the air, rock-a-bye your bear ..." I didn't practise the doffing enough, though, and only just managed to make contact with the trencher (they sit higher than you think).
So 3 years of pain, tears, frustration and learning are over with. "What will you do next?" might you ask. Well, I'm over the business studies stuff, I feel I'm sufficiently fluent in management speak. The current plan is to go back to studying for a "Preliminary Theology Certificate" (through Moore College).
Here I am with my mum. Would you believe that this is the best photo that managed to be taken on our camera! Hopefully someone else got a better one.