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Daleks, Needles and Scarves, Oh My!

October 9, 2010

Some days, life is like staring down the blaster gun of a Dalek wondering when he will yell EX-TER-MI-NATE. That pretty much sums up the last few weeks. However, I won’t bore you with the details of this Dalek adventure that is my life. Let’s just leave it at this. The last few weeks have been a blur of sinus meds, stealth knitting, tetanus shots, leaky faucets and broken appliances. So what do you say we talk about something more fun.

I have freed the last of my super stealth knits and am finally working on some things that I will be able to talk about. Clearing my needles of stealth knits has allowed me some time to work on this shawl design I have had in the works for a while.

I have also discovered a new yarn store that is within a reasonable distance my house. I visited a couple of weeks ago and bought a new pair of needles for my Doctor Who scarf.

These are Lana Grossa needles and I have to admit that, though they are wood and I am normally a metal needle kind of gal, I really like them. They have a super pointy tip, the cable is completely flexible with no pesky memory and the joins are positively smooth. The needles have a nice weight and balance and are quite comfortable to use. All in all, an excellent addition to my needle collection.

And speaking of my Doctor Who scarf, it continues to grow. And as it reaches monumental proportions, I have been exploring options for blocking it.

Do you think Princess Buttercup is going to be willing to hold it there until it dries??

I have also gotten a number of books lately which I will be reviewing for you one by one. First up is a book that I received through the Book Sneeze program. Though Thomas Nelson provided me with a complimentary copy of the book for review, the opinions below are my own.

The book I chose was God’s Promises for Women of Faith edited by Jack Countryman.
God's Promises for Women of Faith
God’s Promises for Women of Faith is a pretty gift book that is small enough to carry in one’s purse or Bible case. The front cover is adorned with a ribbon decoration. The book is a collection of scripture promises aimed at helping women grow their faith.

This book was a pleasant surprise for me. Since it is marketed as a gift book, I was expecting it to be a lot of fluff and very little actual content. But in this book all of the content comes from the Bible. The approximately 200-page book is arranged in a series of topics that are pertinent to women – “God’s Plan for Women is to…”; “God Delights in Women Who Are…”; “God Walks with Women…”; and so on. When you turn to the page for a specific topic, you will find a selection of scriptures, quoted from the New King James Version of the Bible, that relate to that particular topic. For example, under the topic of Being a Friend, you will find such verses as Proverbs 17:17 and Ecclesiastes 4:9. No commentary, no fluff, just scripture.

The pages are attractively laid out but they didn’t substitute photos for real content. The scriptures are spaced pleasingly on the page where each passage is easy to read and clearly separated from the other passages. The text is attractive but still very easy to read.

The book deals with a wide variety of topics including such current topics as handling financial problems and overcoming worldliness. There is even a section at the end that lists some women of faith from the Bible that we can use as our examples. I can see it being a book that I would refer to often and one that I would be proud to give as a gift. The only negative that I can offer is that I found their God’s Plan of Salvation pages a bit incomplete. There are a couple of scriptures I would have included in the list.

I am glad that I chose this book to review because it is nice to know there are gift books available that aren’t all fluff. This one would be an excellent choice for many occasions.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 9, 2010 11:30 am

    Oooh love the Dalek and I hear you about those stressful times. Maranatha!!!!!!!!! I love the Doctor scarf, you’re beating me on that! I’m only 50% on mine since I’ve had so much other knitting to do! :o>

    For blocking the scarf, consider laying down a quilt and then some towel-like bath mats on top & pinning it with T-pins on the floor. MAKE doubly sure no kids or pets can get to it! The bath mats are heavier than the quilt, so they tend not to give in to the knitting’s desire to shrink back to its knitted size.

  2. October 9, 2010 11:33 am

    I am still thinking of hanging my scarf from the roof.

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