TGIF | Late February.

It’s been a week, hasn’t it. I honestly can’t believe President’s Day was this past Monday; time is doing strange things … again. and it’s another Friday afternoon. pausing here to document right now has become an important part of my week and a helpful time-keeper for weeks like this. Thank you for sharing it with me!

Thinking about … Lent. specifically about what I want to add to my spiritual life, and how to make space for it.

Grateful for … Marc getting the all clear to play golf again! He paused his club membership through Febuary 28 and I can only hope the sun shines on March 1!

Inspired by … Isabell Kraemer’s latest pattern, the SSP Shawl (Instagram link) to do some stash diving. She’s been teasing this one for weeks and I was delighted to find the perfect yarn – in sufficient quantities! – in my leftovers bin:

the four contrast colors (on the right edge of the left photo) are leftovers from sweaters I knit in 2020 and 2021. The Wheat (four balls in the middle) is yarn I bought to knit a sweater using up those other leftovers. I think a shawl incorporating all of them is a much better idea. The pattern is a lot of fun … once I got started. The photo on the right is that good start. try #3 (no fault of the pattern … all the knitter … like I said, it’s been a week).

Finished/Fun … BIRKIN!! (Ravelry link)

I knit this with the revised pattern that Caitlin released last year. I didn’t find any issues with anything and the fit is great. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about knitting this, it’s time to jump off!

and one more thing – this prayer/poem (another one of my daily emails) helped me today.

A prayer for those in danger

God of mercy, by whose grace
in all who suffer is Christ crucified,
we pray for those in danger today,
for all who know oppression, injustice or fear,
whose land is invaded, 
or whose home is unsafe.
Be with them and shelter them in your love;
give them courage and hope;
enfold them in your grace.
Touch their wounds; heal their trauma.
May the strength of the earth be theirs,
the freedom of the sky, the peace of the trees.
We bear in our hearts all who are afraid.
May they bear our love in theirs, for we are one.
In the unity of your Holy Spirit
you hold us together as one humanity,
one world, one body, one hope.
May your Peace change the hearts 
of those who misuse power.
May the Peace of Christ
be with us all. 
~Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light, February 25, 2022 (link)

Wishing you the best weekend available. xxoo.

10 thoughts on “TGIF | Late February.

  1. Such a lovely post Mary. Your Birkin is so gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing your prayer, it’s so much needed at this time.

  2. Yay for Marc! (And you!!)

    Thanks for posting about the SSP shawl – it looks like fun! And of course you know that I think your Birkin is gorgeous and perfect.

    Looking forward to learning what you decide to add for Lent. It’s such an interesting time of year to me 🙂 I’m looking forward to Easter and my yearly viewing of Chocolat – the best Easter move of all time, in my opinion!!

    Thanks for including a prayer for Ukraine. I’m heartbroken over this.

  3. It’s good for knitters like ME to read that knitters like YOU have a “try #3”!!! And glad to see Holly booked herself another photo shoot 🙂

  4. I’m glad to hear some good news amidst all the bad news right now. There is still so much suffering in the world, so hearing about little pockets of happiness are helping me to stay on an even keel.

    Your sweater looks fantastic on you, and I’m happy to hear that the fit is good. And three cheers for appropriate yarn already in the stash that’s a perfect fit for a new shawl!

  5. The Birkin sweater is like all of your others – just beautiful. I have been looking at that shawl pattern. The daffodils in the banner lift my spirits. I will join you in a prayer for peace.

  6. The SSP Shawl looks like a lot of fun…that pattern may just slip into my cart today. LOL Such good news for Marc and you. Hope 3/1 is a gorgeous day for him to get out on the course. Birkin is gorgeous Mary and just looks so fine on you. Ending with the prayer is perfect!

  7. I am so glad that Marc continues to improve… yay for returning of normal activities! 🙂

    Your sweater turned out great! Well done! (and my Lent Line Up: Call Us What We Carry – one poem a day, and Padraig O’Tuama and John Pavlovitz… a shake up from the normal and most welcome.)

  8. I love that new shawl pattern. I think I have the perfect yarn in my stash, too. But . . . will wait to cast on. Your Birkin is lovely, Mary. (And you already know I’ve been thinking about that pattern for a long, long time.) I’m happy to hear your report about the revised pattern. But best of all? Marc golfing again! XO

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