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Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Yarn Along: Marching On

The front of Amira is almost finished! I wanted to be ahead of my knitters for the preview. This way, I will just have the back and finishing to do when they start. (There's still room for a knitter for the 29" and 49" sizes, if you want to join in - I should have the pattern to the knitters by this weekend, and already have a Facebook group set up for the knitters). Much progress has been made on my mitts for the matching set (including a scarf, which has seen no progress) I'm designing, a little has been done for the Celtic braided loop scarf, and I'm close to half way through the baby jacket from One-Skein Wonders for Babies (which, I may remind you, I'm in, as well). Speaking of reminders, here's your weekly reminder to like Arabian Knits Designs on Facebook, if you haven't already. Thank you!

Most of our reading is the same this week. Amira and I are still reading If You Love Me, Let Me Go, I'm reading How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare for my co-op Shakespeare class, The Ascetic Lives of Mothers, and a little in Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition. I did finish Everywhere Present, and cannot recommend it enough. Please read this book. It is short, a light read, but provokes deep thought. This, like Christ in His Saints, was a book I wanted to underline it its entirety. Here is a little sampling of some thoughts that struck me:

"Tragedy reminds us of God's apparent absence, but our cries of abandonment seem empty in light of the demands we make for God's absence at most other times and places. . .

A God who is exiled from the mundane is understandably difficult to find when the mundane turns into the tragic."

"Thus the sacraments of the Church are not symbols in the modern sense of something that stands for something else - something that is not really there. Rather, they are symbols in the classical sense: two things that are brought together in a single reality. The very word symbolos in Greek means 'to throw two things together.' Interestingly, the opposite of symbolos in Greek is diabolos, which means 'to divide.'"

"[W]e are told, 'Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.' This is not a notion that if you're pure in heart, someday you will die and see the Lord. Such a construction would completely misunderstand the verse.

The verse tells us that the primary organ of vision for human beings is not the eye, but the heart. Our eyes will only see what our hearts will allow."

Also posting to Keep Calm and Craft On, and The Philosopher's Wife.

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Is the Amira a sweater? The texture is very pretty
"our eyes will only see what our hearts will allow" - oh I do like that, what a lovely way of putting it
Yes, Julia, Amira is a sleeveless top with a draped neck that I am designing. It is named after my eldest daughter. In fact, I may have to make one for her, too, if she doesn't mind matching me.

Carie, isn't that wonderful? I've been so inspired and challenged by this little book.
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