Sunday, October 30, 2011

Knitting 101

I haven't been able to do anything handicrafty for a while. I'm not sure why, but I suspect the pile of schoolbooks has something to do with it.

If and when I ever get back to knitting, I may have forgotten a few things. So I'm glad I found this helpful video:



"We're not making mistakes, we're making experiences."

That has all kinds of therapeutic applications.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

...and Justice for all

Seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.
- Isaiah 1:17

Last weekend I attended a justice conference hosted by the church I attend.

The topics and actions discussed there seem to get at the heart of what believers are supposed to be doing. Too often, I think, we get caught up in the mentality of control-and-patrol (control the message and patrol the boundaries)... we forget that our salvation has a purpose beyond just our own eternal destiny.

That purpose, I believe, is to be God's hands in this world.

Guest speakers at the conference were Abraham George of International Justice Mission, and Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church.

I was very interested in hearing Carolyn Custis James speak, since her book has been on my to-read list since it first came out. Take a look at the promo video and you'll see why:



And she did not disappoint. She was eloquent, challenging, and gracious.

Abraham (Abey) George was also an inspiring speaker. In his sermon on Sunday, he made the point that justice is a divine mandate. The entire sermon may be heard here. It's well worth your time.

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Friday, October 07, 2011

7 Quick Takes: Volume 53



The idea of 7 Quick Takes Friday comes from blogger Jennifer Fulwiler, who hosts it weekly at her site, Conversion Diary.


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Hey! Winter's coming, and needleworkers know that means warm knitwear!

My friend Elizabeth of Things Bright found this awesome video entitled "How to Knit Like an Icelandic Man," in which an Icelandic man is... well, not exactly knitting.

We would call it Tunisian crochet, but it's really cool... er, warm.


How to knit like an Icelandic man from Iceland on Vimeo.

OK, I'm hooked!

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A couple of weeks ago, someone found this blog using the search term "the princess bride holocaust cloak." I'm guessing they were directed to this post. I'm so proud...

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Did you know the smiley is 25 years old? Thank you, Scott Fahlman — this calls for a party! <:-)

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Last week was Banned Books Week! Check out this list of challenged classics. How many have you read?


Just days before Banned Books Week, Amazon.com announced the widespread availability of the Kindle lending library. I immediately went to my library's website and found they are participating — cool! (And even Kindle-free households like mine can participate, using the free Kindle for PC or Kindle for Android app.)

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From the department of Extremely Helpful How-tos:

How to peel an entire head of garlic in 10 seconds.

How to combine various Lego sets to make other stuff: Rebrickable (from Ohdeedoh).

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Go ahead — Draw a Stickman!

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And a little video clip to end your week with a smile:



Happy Friday, friends!

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