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A Rainbow after a Storm

What is the greatest pain you ever experienced? What are the fiercest storms that have ever assailed you? We all experience painful seasons in our lives. It could be the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, a grim diagnosis. I’m sure everyone can think of something. I have been incredibly blessed with good health, loving friends and family, a wonderful husband, and so much more! Most of the pain in my life has been indirect where I am sharing in the pain of others, rather than being directly assailed by trials. But during the sunny, warm days of August of 2019, I experienced a heartbreaking storm. The last week of August began with so much joy. I discovered that I was carrying a precious child in my womb. Lars and I were ecstatic! Motherhood has been my dream career ever since I was a little girl. I was finally getting a chance to live that dream, but just a few days later our joy was turned to mourning. We had lost our baby. My heart shattered. The physical pain of a miscarriage is terrible, but it doesn’t compare to the emotional pain. Not only is their heartrending sorrow, but there is fear. Fear that I did something wrong. Fear that my body will never be able to carry a baby to full term. But God…. Those two little words have such power. I could have fallen into the depths of despair. I could have lost all hope. But God.. But God covered Lars and I with His peace. Though we grieved, He comforted us with His loving embrace and kept us from despair. He used our loss to draw Lars and I closer together and closer to Him. I will always love my first child. There will always be a part of me that still grieves, but God….

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” (Job 1:21b)

Indeed, summer brought a terrible storm. However, in late autumn, as the the cool of winter approached, a glorious rainbow broke through the remaining clouds of summer’s fearsome gale. Christmas was only a couple weeks away when Lars and I found out that I was once again with child. We were overjoyed once again, but also anxious. We couldn’t bear the thought of going through the pain of loss again. We decided to tell our church fairly early in my pregnancy, because we coveted their prayers for our baby’s protection and our peace. I am so delighted to report that I am now 16 weeks along and everything is looking good so far! Lord willing we will meet our beautiful, little miracle in mid-August, almost exactly a year after my miscarriage. I still worry from time to time. I suppose a mother never stops worrying about her children. But I am so thankful that God is in control. Nothing takes Him by surprise. He does all things for the good of his people and for His glory. Praise be to God!

I apologize if you came here to read a knitting post. I hope to share some recent projects soon, but I wanted to share my story. I hope that it has brought encouragement to any women who have also had a miscarriage or even multiple losses. I am praying for you all. May you find peace and comfort in God our Father. If you don’t know Him, call out to Him today. He is ready and willing to adopt you into His family. ❤

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Thanksgiving Blessings and Black Friday Splurges

Yesterday was a day of giving thanks and eating lots of delicious food! I am so thankful that Lars and I were able to spend time with both his family and mine. We spent the first half of the day at my grandma’s house where we enjoyed good company, a yummy late lunch/early dinner, and a slice of pie. Later in the evening, we headed over to Lars’s parent’s house. We enjoyed some more good company and I had three more small slices of pie. Yes, I ate 4 slices of pie in one day, and I have no regrets! Overall, yesterday was a great reminder that we have so much to be thankful for. Lars and I have been blessed with wonderful families and an overabundance of delicious and diverse foods.

Today is Black Friday. I am too lazy to actually go out shopping, but I did do a little online shopping at https://hobbii.com/yarn. I have seen Hobbii Yarn advertised many times on Facebook and Instagram and have often been very tempted by their beautiful yarn. But, I have so much yarn. Though likely not the largest, my yarn stash is fairly big. I certainly do not need any more yarn at the moment! But… It came to my attention that Hobbii Yarn was having a big Black Friday sale and I decided it wouldn’t do any harm to take a look… :/ I looked, I loved, I wanted! But, I reasoned with myself yet again and I didn’t buy anything. A little while later, Lars was ordering some tools from a Black Friday sale that had caught his attention. I sweetly asked him if I could buy a little something for myself. Being the sweet husband that he is, he consented to my request and back to Hobbii.com I went! I ordered 8 skeins of various yarns to make a little something for myself and also for some gift projects. I also ordered a cute faux fur pompom for a knitter-friend. And to top it all off I got a free row counter and a free set of cable needles ( You can never have too many, I lose them all the time)! For all that, I spent under $45. I’m not sure how long the sale is running, but I encourage my fellow yarn-crafters to check it out!

Now for the really hard part: Waiting. Shipping is 5-10 days. I’ve gotten too used to Amazon Prime, so this won’t be easy. 😅 Stay tuned for a review post! I hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. ❤ Let me know what you’re especially thankful for this year in the comments. Thanks for reading!

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving is a little over a week away and Christmas is right on it’s heels. 2019 has almost come to an end. I’m always amazed by how quickly time flies. As each day passes this month, I feel a little more pressure to get my Christmas knitting done. On the other hand, as Thanksgiving draws near, I realize how blessed I am to have so many wonderful people in my life to knit for. I am definitely an introvert and a homebody, yet I am surrounded by a large close-knit family and many loving, faithful friends. I certainly don’t deserve any of them. My heart breaks for anyone who doesn’t have any loved ones to share the holidays and or even life with. Perhaps now is the time to lay aside grudges and bitterness and learn to love one another.

In addition to the special people in my life, I’d like to list some other things I am thankful for this year.

  • God’s never ceasing love and grace. Even when I am unfaithful to Him, He is never and will never be unfaithful to me.
  • My husband has a good, steady job which makes it possible for me to be a stay at home wife and, someday Lord willing, a mother.
  • A good first year of marriage. Lars and I are both imperfect. We both say the wrong things at times. We can both be selfish and hurtful. BUT we make each other laugh. We let each other cry on one another’s shoulders. We forgive. We love. We look forward to the rest of our lives together. ❤
  • My passion for knitting. Knitting is much more than a hobby for me. It brings me joy. It is a way to exercise my mind and hands. A way to bless others. And it even has the potential to be a small business someday.
  • The freedoms we enjoy in America, especially religious freedom. My heart goes out to all who are violently persecuted for their faith in many countries.

Though there is so much more I could say, I will stop there. I hope this post has been encouraging to you all. I especially hope it has made you stop and think about all the blessings in your own life. It does a heart good to take time to think about such things every now and then. Thanks for reading! Please follow/subscribe if you enjoyed this post. ❤

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50 More Things About Me

50 (yes fifty!!) Things You’ve Never Been Asked…. I always enjoy reading these and seeing a quick glimpse into my friend’s lives. Thanks for sharing @nothingbutknit2. If you’d like to answer in the comments great! If you’d rather post on your blog leave a link so we can read your answers.

1. What is the color of your toothbrush? Green and white

2. Name someone who made you smile? My silly, sweet nieces always make me smile.

3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning? Dropping off my husband at the train station. He takes a commuter train to work.

4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Reading the Bible.

5. What is your favorite candy bar? Ghirardelli dark chocolate.

6.Ever been to a strip club? NO!!!

7. What is the last thing you said out loud? Hmm… A prayer? The last thing I said to another person was “I love you.” 🙂

8. What is your favorite ice cream? Rainbow sherbet, Vanilla, or marionberry pie

9. What was the last thing you had to drink? Coffee

10. Do you like your wallet? Yes

11. What was the last thing you ate? Special K fruit and yogurt cereal

12. Did you buy any new clothes this weekend? A comfy long sleeved shirt

13. The last sporting event you watched? A mariners’ game in September. (I don’t care much for professional sports)

14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Butter

15. Who is the last person you sent a text message too? My sister

16. Ever go camping? Yes, many times

17. Do you take vitamins daily? I try to, sometimes I forget

18. Do you go to church every Sunday? Yes, unless I’m really sick

19. Do you have a tan? Yes, but it’s probably fading

20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? I love both!

21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? If it’s from a restaurant

22. What did your last text say? I was wondering if I should bring your taco meat or not.

23. What are you doing tomorrow? Chores, probably grocery shopping, and knitting

24. What terrifies you? Losing someone I love.

25. Look to your left, what do you see? A lamp, a google home, a fireplace, a window, my car, and more.

26. What color is your watch? I haven’t worn a watch in years.

27. What do you think of when you hear Australia? Interesting animals

28. Favorite Soda? Dr. Pepper or Sprite

29. Do you go in a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? It depends

30. What is your favorite number? I’ve always liked 15 for some reason. No idea why…

31. Who’s the last person you talked to on the phone? My husband

32. Any plans today? Clean the house, do some knitting, hang out with my hubby in the evening.

33. How many states have you lived in? 1: Just beautiful Washington State

34. Biggest annoyance right now? My coffee is cold.

35. Last song listened to? “Wanted Man” by Matt Kearney

36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? Maybe. I’m too lazy to try.

37. Do you have a maid service when you clean house? Nope.

38. Favorite type of shoes you always wear? Boots.

39. Are you jealous of anyone? Sometimes, but I don’t like it.

40. Is anyone jealous of you? I don’t know.

41. Do you love anyone? Imperfectly, but Yes ❤

42. Do any of your friends have children? Yes.

43. What do you usually do during the day? Clean, cook, knit.

44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? No.

45. Do you use the word ‘hello’ daily? I don’t think so. I normally say hi.

46. What color is your car? Tan.

47. How many kids do you want? 4 or 5, but I’ll start with one and go from there.

48. Are you thinking about someone right now? A few people.

49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? No.

50. How did you get your worst scar? I don’t have any terrible scars, just lots of little ones from various scratches, burns, and the like. My hands are especially beat up. 😦

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A Q&A: Odd Things About Me

40 odd things about me . . . Please play along! I love reading them. 
1. Do you like mustard? Nope!
2. Choice of carbonated beverage? Sprite, Doctor Pepper, or Squirt
3. Ever traveled to another country? Just Canada
4. Whiskey, Tequila, Vodka? No thanks
5. Hot dogs or Cheeseburgers? Cheeseburgers
6. Favorite Type Of food: Soup or meat and potatoes
7. Do you believe in ghosts? Ghosts, no. Demons, yes. Check out this interesting article on the subject: https://answersingenesis.org/angels-and-demons/do-you-believe-in-ghosts/
8. What do you drink in the mornings? Coffee or caffeinated tea
9. Can you do a 100 pushups? Haha probably not
10. Summer, Winter, Spring, Or Fall? Fall! I love the cool weather and the colors
11. Favorite hobby? Knitting ❤
12. Tattoos? No
13. Do you wear glasses? Just sunglasses
14. Phobia? Big city driving haha
15. Nickname? Bria, Brina, Bri
16. Three drinks you drink?  Water, coffee, tea
17. Biggest Downfall? Too much of a homebody
18. Rain or Snow? I don’t mind rain, but I love to watch the snow fall.
19. Piercings? Just one in each ear
20. Age? 21
21. Taken or Single? Married
22. How long taken or single? Married for a little over a year
23. Kids? None yet. In God’s perfect timing.
24. Favorite color? Burnt orange and burgundy
25. Employed? Housewife, occasional babysitter
26. Can you whistle? Yes
27. Where were you born? Enumclaw, Washington
28. Brothers or Sisters? 2 sisters, 1 brother + 2 sisters in law and 3 brothers in law
29. Ninjas or Pirates? Pirates, I guess.
30. Surgeries? Wisdom teeth removal
31. Religious? Yes, Christian
32. Shower or Bath? Shower and occasional relaxing baths in the evening
33. Like gambling? Not really, I’m too afraid I’ll lose
34. Are You Loyal? Yes, but not perfectly so
35. Broken bones? yes, both arms at different times
36. How many tv’s in your house? 1
37. Worst pain ever? 2nd degree burn
38. Do you like to dance? Sometimes
39. Are your parents still alive? Yes, and I am so thankful for them
40. Do you like camping? Yes 🙂

Thanks to Stitchedroots for sharing this quiz. Feel free to join in either in the comments or on your own blog. Leave a comment so we can read your answers.

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Sarah’s Entrelac Scarf

Good evening! I am so excited to share my latest project with you all. For the past 2 weeks or so I have been working on a beautiful entrelac infinity scarf for a friend of mine. This is actually the second scarf she has ordered from me, but in my opinion this one turned out so much better than the first. I knitted this scarf using Lion brand Unique yarn which is a beautiful multicolored bulky weight yarn. My parents gifted multiple skeins of this yarn to me a few Christmases ago. I wanted to find the perfect pattern for it and this is the one! The beautiful fall colors and the entrelac pattern were just made for each other!

See what I mean? Aren’t those colors simply gorgeous!?! I have a weakness for orange and burgundy, but I’m loving that teal color too. I still have a few skeins of this yarn, so I might just have to make one for myself. 😀

Those colors ❤

For my fellow knitters or just anyone who is wondering what entrelac is or how it’s done, there are some great tutorials on youtube. This is the one I learned from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOEXPLY2EDg&t=684s. Despite how complex entrelac looks, it is really quite simple! Let me encourage you to try it even if all you know how to do is knit and purl. It’s good to challenge yourself every now and then. Guess what! You might just succeed!

Thanks for reading! Check out my instagram page https://www.instagram.com/briasknits/. 😀

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Introductions and the Story of How My Knitting Journey Began

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for checking out my blog. I’d like to start by introducing myself. My name is Brianna. My husband Lars and I live in the beautiful state of Washington where rivers, trees, and mountains abound. Both of us were born and raised here, but we didn’t meet until I was 17 and he was 24. We started dating shortly after I turned 20 and were married just two months before my 21st birthday on a beautiful October day. Yes, we only dated for 9 months. Yes, I know we’re crazy. At the time of writing this, we have been happily married for 1 year and a month!

Ok, enough of that! Now I want to move on and share a little bit about my knitting story. I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I first started knitting, but I believe I was somewhere between the ages of 10 and 13. It all started with a Borders gift card. I had just had a birthday and had received a Borders gift card at a recent birthday party. If you are unfamiliar with Borders, it was a bookstore similar to Barnes and Noble which unfortunately went out of business in 2011. So I was at Borders one day, searching for the perfect book to purchase, and nothing was catching my eye. Eventually, I came across a Klutz knitting kit. It came with an instructional book, a pair of needles, a needle case, and some purple acrylic yarn. I thought to myself that it might be fun to try learning to knit. My wise mom questioned if I would actually use the kit and after some thought I decided to take the risk. Sorry mom. 😉 Spoiler: She has benefited from my risky purchase.

After many failed attempts to teach myself how to knit, I was informed by my older sister, Christina, that her best friend, Emily, was a knitter and might be willing to teach me. And so I cried out to Emily for help and she taught me how to cast on and how to do the basic knit stitch. Thank you, Emily!

Since then I have learned other stitches and techniques from google, books, and youtube. I’ve made hats, scarves, slippers, blankets, and more! Currently, I am unemployed by choice, which has given me more time and opportunity to learn and advance in my knitting skills. In this past year alone I have learned techniques such as entrelac and brioche. And I have knit my first adult size sweater!

My vision for this blog is to have a place where I can share projects I’m working on, yarn reviews, Knitting tips, techniques, and more! Perhaps someday I’ll even design my own patterns. If you have any feedback or questions, please let me know! Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I’m super excited to continue this journey with you all!