Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Storehouse of Things Old and New

My lovely husband has started a blog. Check it out here:  The Storehouse of Things Old and New.
It's a theological reflection blog mainly for 4th year projects at Moore College but it seems like no one else wants to add their thoughts at the moment so it'll just be Nathan for a little while. 

I've been working on a cabled beanie over the last couple of days. I'm finding cables pretty easy but I know this is a very simple pattern

Best get back to the essay(s). 

Monday, April 20, 2009

Silent is an anagram of listen.

{Image by Gustavo Aimar on Flickr}
Karen wrote this awesome blog post on listening. 
Last year I did a course on Clinical Pastoral Education. It was to train people how to work effectively in jobs like hospital chaplaincy. Listening is key.
How do you listen effectively to someone whose family member has just died?
How do you listen effectively to someone who just attempted suicide?
How do you listen effectively to someone who just wants to die and die quickly?

More personally for me - how do I listen effectively to someone I disagree with without alienating them? How do I really listen? 

Listening is a skill we all need to work much harder on. It's easy to say we are listening but like Karen pointed out we really all just want to be heard, not listen to someone else. 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Some of my favourite things

I'm completely swamped with college work at the moment. My Easter holidays are being spent in the library(ies). I've had a constant headache for the last 3 days due to all the non-stop reading and note-making. But it's all still interesting and valuable so I'll press on. I've been knitting and crocheting at night while watching Dawson's Creek and Veronica Mars as my down time. I still trawl the internet and my favourite blogs as part of my procrastination. Here's some current favourites from Flickr. 

1. potholder
8. Untitled

Monday, April 13, 2009

Easter Bum Nuts

Growing up with my dad, the farmer/shearer/akubra wearing Australian country boy that he is, we always referred to eggs as bum nuts. Last night, on Easter Sunday night, my dad asked if I'd eaten any chocolate bum nuts yet. Replying in another classic Walker (my family's name) fashion, I said, "I'm waiting until Tuesday when they are all 75% off."

Easter's an incredibly special and significant time. If Christ was not raised then our faith is in vain (1 Corinthians 15:14). 

I bought some gorgeous yarn at the Glebe Markets on Saturday from Vanessa who was selling it for Celia. I'm planning to make my first cabled hat. 

This Easter basket is so cute. Just perfect for some bum nuts to fill it up. 

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Crafting a Mission

So after the car crash we had a good mission in the end. St Peter's is an interesting church. It's one of the oldest in Australia so comes with stained glass windows and a cemetary but also holds a drop-in center twice a week for street kids as well as supports a Fijian prayer and Bible study ministry.  The graffiti in the area is mind-blowing. I have much more appreciation for this kind of work. 

I was able to spend a lot of my free time between activities crocheting a blanket. I'm using only acrylic yarn from the stash I inherited from my Granny. It's the wool-eater pattern. Gah - it was a complete and utter pain to figure out from the 'pattern'. I think the designer tried to write instructions that emulated verbal instructions rather than just write a standard pattern with standard abbreviations. It is a beautiful pattern now that I've got it figured out. Also lots of people post pictures of this side on the internet. I actually prefer the other side (the flatter side - 3rd picture).

I also started this week on my quilt following Oh Frasson's instructions. Here
 are the 4 prints I'll use. These strips make up the first 2 blocks. I don't think I'll have quite enough to make up all the blocks and will start having to swap in other prints but that's the point of this exercise - to use up some of my fabric stash. 

Easter is coming. :) Nathan's preaching at church tomorrow so is writing furiously today. I realised yesterday how many essays I need to write in 2 weeks (4!!!) so I'm off to the college library and also the state library today. I don't think I can manageably bring the blanket with to work on on the train. I wish I had some knitted socks on the go - they are too hard to start on a train.