Sunday, June 16, 2013

the trails lead to Ancient dwarfs and gargoyles...

We took a much needed family break near the top of Sonora Pass.
No internet, no cell phones.

We hiked 11.5 miles, swam in a lagoon at the base of a small waterfall, saw a bear playing in a meadow, (we were about 750ft above it having lunch on a cliff), knit 3 socks, Tirzah knit a hat, Kezzi almost finished her beret...the girls made daisy chains on the mountain side, we found pine trees that smelled like vanilla (this is common in Colorado but not California), and identified a whole bunch of new mountain flowers!

Now that we are home, I have a bunch of deadlines and yarn that was delivered for the next magazine project. (This one does not want to gauge at anything close to what I swatched!)
Silence Fell (pattern is now available on Ravelry)

And it is SUMMER!
This means my birthday is coming. and I have a special treat I am putting together for that.

I of course stopped at 2 yarn stores!
By Hand Yarns in Sonora. You have to love a store where you can shop by colour not just brand/yarnweight. This is my MUST stop yarn store when ever we are nearby. Tirzah got red alpaca to make her smee hat for Nerd Wars.
As we hit civilization, my phone recieved a bajillion emails, one said that Knittique in ElkGrove was having their bday sale. They had cupcakes you drew out of a bowl, mine was for 35% off! so Kezzi got something yummy with angora that I can't touch and I got Dream in Colour Starry in the colourway I put back for the other on at By Hand, so a win!

At home Aimee's Yarn Cafe had their anniversary sale and WWKIP day event. Tali picked out yarn and needles and spent her own money. (so cute!)

The next surprise: a published sock! This may not surprise you, but I am sooo relieved that this one is finally out!

Jersey Turnpike was designed for Ruth of PennyRose yarns who is a Jersey Girl with a groundhog problem. Our joke was just put him on the turnpike and you would never have to worry again. Thus the sock was born.
American Sock Knitting can be pre ordered at

Monday, June 03, 2013

Book Sneeze: Seven Men And the Secret of Their Greatness

It has been quite a while since I wrote up a book sneeze review.
I was given a copy to review of :

Seven Men And the Secret of Their Greatness By Eric Metaxas  
Published by Thomas Nelson

Eric Metaxas is the author of Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy
I read a lot of Holocaust related books and biographies. I thought I knew Bonhoeffer's story, but this book brought out so much more of a complete picture. The way his father taught him to think for himself and read through propaganda is one of the many ways, he was prepared to take on the Third Reich in a sense. I recommend that you read the Bonhoeffer book, but it is a massive book, if you just want a condensed version, read the section on Bonhoeffer in Seven. Life changing! We often ask why people did not stand up against Hitler, or where was G-d in the horrors of the Holocaust. Bonhoeffer is just one of many who spoke up, defended, and stood, unflinching, in the face of evil. We will never know how many others have done the same.

Just as Metaxas searched out details on Bonhoeffer, he highlights the trials and how each of the seven over came them to become great men. They seven he highlights in this book are:

George Washington
William Wilberforce
Eric Liddell
Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Jackie Robinson
Pope John Paul II
Charles W. Colson

Washington fought, battled and led a nation from birth to greatness.
Wilberforce fought against slavery, believing all men should be free.
Lidell was known for his passion for running yet still submitting to God. (Chariot's of Fire)
Bonhoeffer was a pastor & theologian who fought, spoke up and had a great role through the Holocaust on the behalf of the Jews.
Robinson broke the color-barrier in Major League Baseball.
Pope John Paul II is known for speaking about Parkinson's disease & the unborn children and humbly leading the catholic church.
Chuck Colson is widely known for his mistakes in serving President Nixon.(watergate) He also has a story of redemption and reconciliation.

This is a great book for young men who are about to encounter their own trials, face the world and learn to stand on their convictions rather than be swayed by popular opinion. My boys each now have a copy of their own.

Inspiring quotes from Seven:

"So what is “heart”? It’s courage, but courage to do what? The courage to do the right thing when all else tells you not to do it. The courage to rise above your surroundings and circumstances. The courage to be God’s idea of a real man and to give of yourself for others when it costs you to do so and when everything tells you to look out for yourself first"

"The first false idea about manhood is the idea of being macho—of being a big shot and using strength to be domineering and to bully those who are weaker............
........But God’s idea of making men strong was so that they would use that strength to protect women and children and anyone else. There’s something heroic in that. Male strength is a gift from God, and like all gifts from God, it’s always and everywhere meant to be used to bless others"

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