Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Complete Nativity

Two and a half years ago I began planning to design a knitted nativity.  This Fall I began to knit.  After many hours of knitting, pulling out my work and re-knitting, I finally had the design I wanted.  The family is finished, and in the future I'm going to design add-on sets with shepherds wise men, and an angel.  Today I gave my first knitted nativity set to my mom for Christmas.  I've also begun to sell them to some friends.  If any of you are interested, you can email me to order one, and I'll add you to my waiting list.  Now, here are some pictures. 

Mary with Jesus in her arms 

The whole family 


Mary with Jesus 



Jesus in the manger 
(One of my favorite nativities when I was little allowed Jesus to be in Mary's arms or in the manger.  I always loved that, so I decided to do that with my own design.)

If you'd like to order a set of the family (Mary, Joseph, Jesus and the manger) email me at emma (at) littleknittedkittens.com to let me know.  Each set costs $50.  I use high quality materials and do very high quality work.  They are well made, and safe for children (although babies who are still at the put-everything-you-see-in-your-mouth stage should not handle the baby Jesus completely unsupervised, because he is small enough to fit in a baby's mouth).  If you're interested in being added to my waiting list, email me and I'll let you know when I have a set ready for you. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Healing Miracle

This is a poem I wrote back in January, and I finally decided to post it. 

Healing Miracle
By Emma Baker

Now I know why they say we have today
It is never too late, no matter what
You may have done, or have experienced
There is a way out of every night
The dawn will come, and it will be all right
The sun will shine out and banish darkness
As light prevails once more.  The price is paid
And we are free, if we will but obey
And listen to His word, for we are His
And we can be healed though His miracle. 

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Good Worth Fighting For

The book is always better.  This is a general rule in my life, and it would be really, really hard to find an exception to this rule (and Miracle on Thirty-Fourth Street doesn't count because the movie actually came before the book).  But every now and then I find an amazing quote from the movie that isn't in the book.  One is from the The Two Towers, the second book in the Lord of The Rings trilogy.  I searched and searched for this quote in the books, but I couldn't find anything even slightly similar.  So for once I found one tiny thing, one single quote, that I like better in the movie than in the book. (And that doesn't mean that I like the Lord of The Rings movies better than the books.  Tolkien was a master, and I dream of being able to write something that could in any way compare to his work.)  Anyway, here's the amazing quote, which happens to be from Samwise Gamgee, who I'm a little bit in love with.  Yes, I know he's only four feet tall.  And I know that he's a hobbit.  Whatever.  He is so brave, so loyal, so...just wonderful.  I could go on and on and on.  But here are some wonderfully wise words from Sam.

Frodo: I can’t do this Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn't even be here, but we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end, because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even the darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you, that meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.  I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding on to Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it’s worth fighting for.

I love those words!  And I love the incredible message.  Yes, there are problems in our world today.  There always have been, and there always will be, because no one is perfect.  But when we're afraid, when we have the chance to turn back, to run away from the storm, the words of Samwise Gamgee, the brave hobbit, ring true as a reminder that there is some good in this world, and that it is worth fighting for. It is always worth the fight.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Baby Hats

What happens when you put a cute hat on a cuter baby? You get a combination more adorable than you could ever imagine! This is the cupcake hat and scarf I made for my cousin Lavender.  She doesn't look too thrilled to be wearing it in the picture, but that's called September in San Diego.  I'm sure the scarf is much more useful in New York where she is now.  And isn't she such a cute little cupcake?  Almost good enough to eat. 

I love the cherry fringe!  So much fun! 
A wreath of rosebuds to surround her face.  
 (Not the greatest picture, but still.  Isn't she darling!?) 
 I've made this one before, but who wouldn't want to repeat this project?  She's the cutest pumpkin I've ever seen! 
I made this hat for her a while ago and thought I'd stick a picture of it up too.  
Pictures of my nativity are coming soon!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Facing Zion

This is a poem I recently wrote about my sixth great grandmother, Mary Murray Murdoch, also known as Wee Granny.  When she was seventy-four she left her home in Scotland to come to the Salt Lake Valley as a member of the Martin Handcart Company, but she didn't make it to Utah.  She died at Chimney Rock, Nebraska.  Her last words, spoken to her son-in-law, were "Tell John I died with my face toward Zion." (John was her son who had traveled to Salt Lake several years earlier). 

Her son a thousand miles away
She journeyed 'cross the open plains,
Moving ever towards Salt Lake,
Moving towards Zion.

Seventy-four years old was she,
Small and frail, and so, so weak,
But with a spirit so strong that she
Wouldn't give up 'til she reached Zion.

When one more step she could not take
To the dirty ground she sank.
From this sleep she would not wake.
Would she not reach Zion?

With her last words she did implore
The ones who'd brought her from the Scottish shore
To give her son a message from his mother:
“Tell John I died with my face towards Zion.”

A hundred and fifty years later I read
The story of her journey 'cross plains and seas,
How at Chimney Rock she rests in peace,
How ever she strove to reach Zion.

Her life and faith inspire me
To be the best that I can be.
And through my life this promise I’ll keep:
I’ll strive to live and die facing Zion.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Knitted Nativity

Here's a a couple pictures of my latest project: a knitted nativity.  I'm actually designing the whole thing myself, so I'm just making it up as I go along.  I'm planning to write up the pattern after I finish.  So far I'm really happy with how it's turning out.  I've just made Mary and Jesus, but soon I'll have pictures of the manger too.  It doesn't look quite as cute in the pictures as it does in real life, though. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More Inspiring Quotes: Day 3

"How far that little candle throws his beams.  So shines a good deed in a weary world."
-William Shakespeare

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Monday, May 14, 2012

More Inspiring Quotes: Day 1

Even though Saturday was the last day of my quote-a-day project, there's still several more quotes that I didn't post that I love.  So for the next little while I'll do one of those every day, or one every other day, or something like that.  Anyway, here's one. This totally makes me think of the definition of a classic.

"Just because you've seen something doesn't mean you'll stop looking.  There's always something you didn't see before."
-Lloyd Alexander

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 31

"These are the days in which a true leader wants to live.  These are days when opportunities to change lives and even destinies are nearly endless.  You are running the anchor leg of the relay because you were born to lead.  You were born for glory."
-Sheri L. Dew

Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 30

"Fairy tales are more that true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten."
-G. K. Chesterton

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 29

"Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor."
-Truman Capote

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 28

"There are only two ways to live your life.  One is as though nothing is a miracle.  The other is as though everything is a miracle."
-Albert Einstein

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 27

"The act of taking the first step is what separates the winners from the losers."
-Brian Tracy

Monday, May 7, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 26

"Guard well your spare moments.  They are like uncut diamonds.  Discard them and their value will never be know.  Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 25

The Road Not Taken

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
I took the one less traveled bey,
And that has made all the difference."
-Robert Frost

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 24

"[T]he great end of education...is to persuade and to inspire the sincere love of virtue."
George Turnbull 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Music Survey

I'm working on a big research project on music for school.  To collect information, I'm doing an online survey.  Please follow the link to the survey. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZR3HFK5
It's only seven questions, so it won't take long.  Please send this to as many people as you can.  I want to get it out to lots of people (especially teens) ASAP.
Thank you!

Inspiring Quotes: Day 23

"Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 22

"The results of our most important lifelong learning are not reflected in grades or degrees or honors, but in who we become.  Our aim to develop eternal character values, such as knowledge, hope, faith, charity, love, are the most important quest that we have in learning."
-Robert D. Hales

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 21

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."
-Edmund Burke

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 20

"One of the most beautiful compensations in life is that no person can help another without helping themselves."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, April 30, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 19

"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
-C. S. Lewis

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 18

"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."
-Louisa May Alcott

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 17

"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him."
-Galileo Galilei

Friday, April 27, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 16

"I am only one; but I am still one.  I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; I will not refuse to do something I can do."
-Helen Keller

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 15

"Knowing the precise answers is not as crucial as the certainty that the answers do, in fact, exist."
-Chris Heimerdinger

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 14

"They might not need meyet they might
I'll let my Heart be just in sight
A smile so small as mine may be
Precisely their necessity—"
-Emily Dickinson

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 13

"The measure of intelligence is the ability to change."
-Albert Einstein

Monday, April 23, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 12

"You are doing the best you can, and that best results in good to yourself and to others. Do not nag yourself with a sense of failure. Get on your knees and ask for the blessings of the Lord; then stand on your feet and do what you are asked to do. Then leave the matter in the hands of the Lord.  You will discover that you have accomplished something beyond price."
-Gordon B. Hinckley

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 11

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 10

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."
-Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You'll Go

Friday, April 20, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 9

"The longest way must have its close-the gloomiest night will wear on to a morning."
-Harriet Beecher Stowe

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 8

"For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 7

"Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hand do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere."
-J. R. R Tolkien

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 6

"Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows."
-Helen Keller

Monday, April 16, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 5

"The leaders who have the most influence are usually those who set hearts afire with devotion to the truth, who make obedience to duty seem the essence of manhood, who transform some ordinary routine occurrence so that it becomes a vista where we see the person we aspire to be."
-Thomas S. Monson

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 4

"Everyone has the power for greatness, not fame but for greatness, because greatness is determined by service."
-Martin Luther King Jr.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Inspiring Quotes: Day 3

"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow"
-Mary Anne Radmacher

Inspiring Quotes: Day 2

"Keep on beginning and failing. Each time you fail, start all over again, and you will grow stronger until you have accomplished a purpose-not the one you began with perhaps, but one you'll be glad to remember."
-Anne Sullivan

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Inspirational quotes #1

For a class I'm taking, I'm posting one inspirational quote a day for a month starting today. This is one of my favorite poems by Emily Dickinson.

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Friday, January 6, 2012

A knitted Christmas

For Christmas, I knitted stockings as presents for my family. I got the patterns here.

This one is my dad's.

Here is my mom's.

This is mine.




A year ago, I made this cute set for my parents.