Paschal Joy

In the Eastern Churches, we spend the forty days between the Feast of the Resurrection and that of the Ascension greeting each other with “Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!” It is my favorite of all of our liturgical greetings because it is the most joy-filled. No matter how you say it (Christos Voskros! Christos Anesti! al-Masīḥ qām!) it is a message of enormous joy. Christ is Risen. He has become the first fruits of the dead. The grave has been despoiled. Hades is in chains. Christ is Risen!

I think that after the first few days of the Easter season, it’s easy to forget that we are still in the midst of the season. It is easy to get on with our lives and forget to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ. To me, this is a mistake. It’s an easy mistake to make and one that I easily find myself falling into. But it’s still a mistake. We need to embrace the joy of the Resurrection.

Yes we have to go on with our lives. Yes, we have to go to work and school. We have to do the dishes and clean the bathroom. But Christ is Risen. We live in the world, and we must face the mundane realities of that. But we cannot allow cleaning a cat’s litter box or changing diapers to distract us from the fact that the Eternal Word of God is Risen from the dead. Death has been annihilated. Hades is in chains. Yes, we will still fall asleep in the flesh. But oh what joy awaits us after that!

And now, during these last days of the Easter season, embrace the joy of the Resurrection. For Christ is Risen!

Christ is risen! And you, o death, are annihilated!
Christ is risen! And the evil ones are cast down!
Christ is risen! And the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen! And life is liberated!
Christ is risen! And the tomb is emptied of its dead;
for Christ having risen from the dead,
is become the first-fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

To Him be Glory and Power, now and forever, and from all ages to all ages.
Amen!

-St. John Chrysostom

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A Fortnight of Birthday

On July 1, I will be celebrating my 26th birthday. And since I am a big fan of Tolkien’s works, I believe in celebrating my birthday like a hobbit. How do hobbits celebrate their birthdays? They give presents to others.

Therefore, in honor making it 26% of the way to my centennial, I will giving you 26% off the purchase price of any of my patterns on Ravelry. Furthermore, because I’m a hobbit and I like to celebrate my birthday, this sale will last a fortnight-or fourteen days. Therefore, from June 25 until July 8, you will be able to get 26% off the price of any pattern simply by entering the code: happybirthday2ewe.

Something Exciting

Something exciting happened yesterday.

And it wasn’t this…although this is exciting.

Although having a sweater almost completed (and it will be completed in the next hour or so) is pretty dang exciting.

It’s also not the fact that I finished my last exams yesterday-although that is also exciting.

Nope…it’s this:

Last night, my older brother graduated from college after seven years. The above (slightly distant) photo is from the College of Education Convocation. While he likes to quote Tommy Boy and say “Lots of people spend seven years in college….yeah, they’re called doctors.”

But to be serious, there is a good reason why it has taken him seven years (and two universities) to graduate. And it is a story of openness to God and faithfulness to his people. But it is his story to tell, not mine. All I can say is that I am incredibly proud of him.

And I’m looking forward to sharing this celebration with our parents on Saturday at general graduation.

But for now, I’m incredibly proud of him.

Frustrated Frogging

For the past month, I’ve been working on a black sweater worked in seed stitch with ribbing. It’s gorgeous and soft.

As of today, I’m done with the body and the sleeves. And here, I discovered something. Well, a couple of somethings that caused another something…it doesn’t fit me. At all.

See, here’s the thing: the pattern called for bulky weight yarn; I used worsted. There isn’t a HUGE difference between these two weights but there is enough that I should have modified the pattern to make it fit me because otherwise it would be too small.

And here’s the other thing: I missed some increases in the top. So it really is too small.

So I have to frog back and start over again. I’m not thrilled about this. But at the same time, tomorrow is April 1. It’s like 45 degrees outside. It’s getting to be too warm for heavy sweaters, so it’s not big deal if I put this aside and work on some lighter weight projects for a while.

In fact, I’m considering frogging this sweater into another project and buying some bulky weight yarn to make a new one with less trouble.

And in the meantime, I’m going to work on a sock.

Hermione Jean Pictures

I finished Hermione Jean about three weeks ago. But I haven’t had time/camera/help to take pictures. Until tonight…

Jenn took pictures for me after dinner.

Then, being Jenn, she made me get up and work the camera.

This next one was when I was supposed to be looking smoldering. I think it’s more confused but you know…

If you’re wondering what the deal with my hair is, well, it’s very special. My hair is psychotic. I’m thinking about growing it longer so that I can do more with it.

The back…we were watching Two and a Half Men while she was taking these.

Hermione Jean…a Finished Object

Stick a fork in this knitter. I’m done. I finished my Hermione Jean sweater and I sent the pattern to my test knitters.

My camera is being silly right now, but I’ll get Jenn to help me out photo-wise on Friday. Then I’ll be able to post pictures.  It doesn’t look exactly like Hermione’s sweater in the movie but I think I’m okay with that. I’m very satisfied with the finished product.