Thursday, October 24, 2019

A few finishes and a start...

I delivered a big bag full of mittens to the school on Tuesday and they were completely thrilled to get them.  In fact, one of the secretaries began crying!  Oh, that made my heart feel very good.  I didn’t have as many as in past years, only 76 pair, plus Sherries amazing gift of 10 pair, so 86 in all.  I have worked out a plan and written it in my day planner, yes, I actually use one of those, to make 2 pair per week for the next year.  That’s doable isn’t it?  That way there shouldn’t be a huge rush to try to make as many mittens as possible like there was this year.  Fingers crossed that I stick with the plan.

Here are my two “seed” pair that I made yesterday.  I really don’t like the orange and multicolored ones, but was trying something different and using up some scraps.  I’m guessing a first grader may actually like them.

I also finished a baby set for the couple at church that I told you about.

I also won a wonderful book of patterns from my friend Kim at “Naturally Kim’s Knitting” Utube channel.  I’m looking forward to trying some new baby knits from this book.  The babies photos alone are worth buying it.  Such precious faces.  Look at those eyes!!!

There isn’t a lot happening here.  I’ve still been sitting with Jenny a lot. Her progress isn’t what she or her PT want and neither can  figure out why.  We’re re-watching the last season of Downton Abbey together  in preparation of seeing the movie very soon.

I haven’t felt “up to snuff” since my flu shot last Tuesday.  I have had a weird humming in my ears that just won’t  stop, along with a general run down feeling.  I’m sure it will right itself soon.  Next Tuesday is my next scheduled botox injection in my back. Yikes!

Most importantly I would like to ask you for prayers for Dennis’s younger sister, Karen.  She has been in the hospital for a week now with some VERY serious issues.  I don’t want to go into any detail right now, but we really would covet your prayers for her right now.

And now, I’m off to Jennys’s.  Take care everyone.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”  Hebrews 10:23



  1. Your mitten project is just so amazing. As a former first grade teacher I can tell you that any one of them would LOVE those mittens. I used to knit mittens for Daughter's skating team. It used to amaze us that so many parents would bring their kids to a freezing ice rink with NO GLOVES. I knit I box of Lopi mittens that we used to lend out to freezing fingers.

  2. Prayers for you and Karen sweet friend. ((hugs)). There you go again spreading His love with your beautiful gifts made not just from your hands, but your heart, too. Bless you always dear sweet friend. ((hugs))

  3. I think that is just the nicest sweetest thing that you knit all those mittens and give them to the children at school. It would be fun to see their happy faces. I like those last two pair. I will remember Karen in my prayers and Jenny too, and hope you feel better soon too. I am still waiting for my doctor to get the flu shot needed for his patients over 65. ??

  4. The layette is adorable and will be treasured. I love that the children will have warm hands at recess because of the mittens you made. I remember my Mom crocheted a cord that attached the mittens and then the cord was fed through my sleeves - no lost mittens.

  5. The baby set is amazing! You certainly get a lot of lovely things made in a short time. Are the mittens different sizes?

  6. Betsy I am keeping Karen in my prayers. MY goodness so many need them right now!!!! Your baby set is really sweet!!!

  7. You cannot say ONLY 76 because that is quite a lot. Bless you for making so many! and the same for Sherrie's 10. No wonder the secretary was so touched. Handmade is heartmade and is such a simple but wonderful gift for those kiddos. Sorry to hear you are feeling run down. Sending up thoughts and prayers for Jenny and Karen.

  8. The baby set is absolutely adorable! And I'm sure God will bless you abundantly for the generous donation of mittens. I like the orange and multi-colored pair. I'm thinking my 5-yr-old would pick those. :)

  9. Hi there dear Betsy,
    So glad you were able to deliver 86 in spite of your illness in last 12 months that is truly wonderful! I love both the seed pair, including the orange blue pair I think they’re really cheery.
    How cute is that baby knit book, what a blessing, amd love the set in blue you made, the detail on the rug is amazing love that pattern.
    Pray the Botox goes well this time around just like the first one and that you’re recovering is God blessed in every way, your humming in ears sounds like tinnitus which I pray you don’t get... prayer esp for Karen and Jenny also, their issues solved and healing begins.
    Thanks for your prayers for my visit next Thurs, I appreciate it as looking at some med changes so just pray Lord blesses it and as it over 300 miles or 520 km travel by plane but connecting can be tricky. It’s a long day as after tests and Dr appt at 3.30pm travel onto stay two nights with my long time Christian sister and friend on south coast.
    Just came in from making the start on Christmas card as realised it’s 25th Oct today and so always join Christmas challenge starts on 25th. You’d really love it as it’s in your colours. Done focal element, just need to work out rest of it! You’d also love the sympathy thinking of you one I just finished in mauves and touch of lemon. It’s gorgeous. A fav verse on it Nahum 1:7.
    Could write a book to you. ;)
    But thanks so VERY much for your comment on my last Wonderful Words blog post, it wasn’t one I ever thought I’d write on.
    Certainly agree with your sentiment on prayer. How we need to pray for our countries! I pray for yours and your leaders too, that Lord will have mercy and intercede on behalf of those who love Him.
    Thanks for sharing, and may God richly bless, Shaz in Oz.x

    {Wonderful Words of Life - Shaz in Oz}
    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

  10. Your mittens are nice Betsy! Good way to use up the bits of yarn. Sorry you're not feeling great. Prayers for Karen and Jennie. I enjoyed Downton Abbey without watching the series. I've been watching Poldark with Megan. Different lifestyle but still good. Have a better weekend!

  11. I am so sorry to hear about Karen's health issues. I do trust the Lord will intervene and send healing and a good outcome. The mittens are just adorable! SO sweet and kind of you to do all you do for others. You have such a loving, big heart. God bless you, sweet friend. :)

  12. Love the mittens and baby layette-bravo for all of the mittens you donated! Amazing.
    The ringing in my ears-more like a roar is still going on for me, too. It is so disconcerting to say the least! I will be praying for your sister in law, Karen.

  13. Hi Beetsy, That is great that you have the goal of knitting two pair of mittens a week. I like both of those pairs using up your scraps. I don't think I have ever knitted a mitten before. I hope getting the botox shot isn't painful and that Dennis's sister improves soon. Nancy

  14. I like the last mittens, too, dear Betsy, the baby gifts are so pretty, and I believe all the gifts will be enjoyed by those who receive them. May the Lord speed healing for you, Karen and Jenny! xxxxxxx

  15. prayers for your sister in law. Way to go with the mittens! That baby layette is beautiful and that book...well that little one on the front is really cute and that sweater is adorable! Hope it is a great book! :)

  16. Oh! Love your latest projects, Betsy, and the colors in the mittens are so pretty. Man, I'll need to pray harder that you recover from that flu shot!(Those make me a Nervous Nelly--I rely on my 5,000 units of daily vitamin D3, instead. So works for me.) And I'm praying for your husband's sister as well. As always, thanks so much for commenting at my blog so faithfully!I always am thankful you read there. Hugs, Debra

  17. Your mitten making is so wonderful Betsy! ONLY 76 pairs she says - ha! Such a sweet, kind gesture and I'm sure all the kids will love them. Hoping/praying that Karen is doing better.