Monday, January 20, 2014

Woven with Love and the Soli Deo Gloria Party

Welcome to Soli Deo Gloria!  This group exists to empower women to authentically share their hearts.  Want to learn more?  Click here to find out ways you can be involved here.  Before you leave, take some time to visit a new friend.  If you decide to link up, be sure to stop by your neighbor's place.  We want to make sure everybody at this party feels a little love!
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I posted in my Facebook status bar this upon completion of this scarf I made for my husband:
This may look like any old LSU scarf, but what it really is is love.#yarnchoiceiscrucial #knittingisnotforweenies #happybirthdayhusband — with Craig Ferguson.
I'm new to knitting.  Well, let me back up a bit.  When my children were MUCH smaller, I attempted to learn to knit using actual needles.  Why I thought I could learn a new hobby while both my children were 2 and 3, I don't know, because all my brain cells went to remembering to feed, clothe, change, and play with babies, and then repeat THAT pattern every darn day.  You see, in knitting, you have to pay attention to how many rows you start out with in order to keep the pattern going.  I would start out with, say, 8 loops, for a scarf.  Ten rows down into it, I'd have fifteen without even knowing how it happen.  It wasn't a miraculous occurrence.  It was a disastrous one.  And so, I gave up.  I am not a knitter, I declared.

But of course, because God has sense of humor, when that once two-year old turned eight years old, guess what she decided she wanted to do.  Knit, of course.  Of course.  But I wasn't about to pick up needles again, so what's a mom to do?

Search Amazon.com.  Of course.  Of course!  Amazon has a solution for everything!

And, lo and behold, a solution to my problem appeared.  The Knifty Knitter.  Catchy, eh?  They look like this:
I learned so I could teach Hannah.  And she loved it, but alas, the attention span of an 8 year old is not so long, at least hers is not, and we ended up knitting the scarf together (which means it was mostly me).  And I loved doing it.  And Craig saw how much I loved it, which is why he requested an LSU scarf.  (It is here that I learned why yarn choice is crucial.  Using this particular yarn was hard.  Not fun. Which is why it is a gift of love since I actually went ahead and finished it.)

Through all the looping, though, I thought how cool it would be for us SDG sisters, who are already woven together in love, to give each other a tangible way to actually feel that love around them.

And so, the Woven with Love Fundraiser for the 2014 SDG Retreat was born.


Here's the idea:  

1.  Make a scarf (yarn and color of your choosing).
2.  Send me a picture of the completed product.
3.  Scarf picture will be posted on SDG link-up days.
4.  Enter to claim the scarf using the Rafflecopter widget and enter the amount you are willing to pay for the scarf.
3.  Using Rafflecopter, I will pick one random winner and contact her.
4.  Winner sends me payment for the scarf.
5.  Scarf-maker sends the scarf to that SDG sister.
6.  Repeat for the next scarf!

(Because I know everyone's budgets are different, I wanted everyone to be able to have a scarf and not lose because she was always outbid, hence the pledging.  Because we all deserve some tangible love around our shoulders, right?)

So, what's next?
If you are willing to make a scarf, will you drop me an email (jenfergie2000 {at} me {dot} com) or leave me a comment?

photo credit: kpwerker via photopin cc (Words added by Jen) **********************************
Are you new here? Welcome! We'd love to shower you with some love and encouragement, so if this is your first time linking up, will you put "I'm New!" as your caption under your linky picture? 
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Want to show a sister some love? Tweet her post using the Twitter handle #sdgsisters. Make sure you check the # later for some great posts to read!
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17 comments :

  1. Let me know when you need the scarf:) Would love to send one!

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    1. Just responded via FB. I can't wait to see it!

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  2. jen, I have the round loopy yarn knitting things and just this morning was thinking, "I gotta make a scarf." Funny, huh?
    This is a FABULOUS idea. Will email you soon.

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    1. Isn't it awesome how God lines up the timing of things?

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  3. I unfortunatly cannot knit. but I for sure will be knitting together some prayers for those precious ladies that get the joy to attend this retreat.. still thinking about how God used SDG retreat to heal my brokeness and show me it is beautiful! i love you Jenn

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    1. Love the thought of you knitting together your prayers. LOVE your heart!

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  4. Jen, if you could hear the conversation in my head right now...

    Me: Ahhhh! I've always wanted to learn to knit!
    Me: Laura, you seriously do not have time to start something else now.
    Me: But...this looks so cool!
    Me: No
    Me: But we (me and my daughter) could do it together.
    Me: Yeah, right. That means you...and you don't have time.

    You see where this is going, trying to keep myself from overcommitting and delivering nothing. But, I do love the project (and the pink & brown scarf pictured). Maybe someday... (It kind of reminds me of Rainbow Looms. Oh, and I think I handed that right back to my daughter. lol)

    Blessings,
    Laura

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    1. I'll just pray, Laura, that if this is something God wants you to make time for, all the pieces will come together! :)

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  5. That's a fine-looking scarf. As a former knitter, I admire your handiwork. Knitting is dangerous for me because I am obsessive, tending not to leave a piece until it is completed. This can interfere with a balanced life!

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    1. Laura, I totally get the obsessive part!

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  6. This is so timely...coming from Miss "Being Woven" herself!!! My post is about the "weaver's beam" in the Bible. I am thinking about the scarf idea. I actually would rather crochet but have tried knitting twice...once in high school, tried to make a sweater of all things for the FIRST project ever. Threw that away. Then a couple of years ago, I actually knitted a scarf to go with a winter coat and it actually turned out rather well. BUT...will think about this!
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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    1. You can crochet OR knit! We are flexible 'round here. :)

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  7. Well, I'll go along and say the scarf looks good, even though it's LSU colors; at least it's still SEC. ha. (War Eagle!) Seriously, great job, Jen.

    My husband and I were just talking last night about how much difference a scarf can really make in keeping us warm. That's what we do around here at SDG. :)

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    1. I just really love your last line, Lisa!

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  8. Jen,
    how sweet...I would say it is LA Lakers colors...my husband is a fan of theirs...sorry I don't knit but I def agree a scarf is key in the cold...appreciate your idea though and I love your heart :)

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  9. You go, my knitting sister! Love this and your heart. :)

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  10. I LOVE THIS!! Seriously, I was making a scarf for a friend for Christmas and I thought I really could/should be doing this for Him, too. I'm going to email you shortly, but first I need to make a sandwich for the hubby. He hasn't asked for a scarf yet. ;)

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