Crafty as a Serpent

A knit blog with recipes and theological musings interspersed.

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Location: Portland, Maine, United States

Abby d'Ambruoso is a Lutheran pastor and interfaith chaplain, currently serving in a variety of ministries in Portland, Maine.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

I've got angel wings

Pattern: Seraphim Shawl, from Miriam Felton.
Yarn: The yarn came from Holy Threads in Spokane, Washington. It is an undyed merino wool in a cream color, and I used about 800-900 yards.
Needles: Addi Turbos US 5
Finished dimensions: 80" across the top, 40" edge to tip.

I finally downloaded the pattern in Eugene, Oregon and began knitting the shawl on my wedding anniversary, August 22nd, 2007. I finished blocking the shawl on September 22nd, 2007.

This shawl will go to my friend Karen who is marrying my college friend and classmate Alex on October 13th of this year in Door County, Wisconsin. We can't wait for the wedding.

Here is a detail of the shawl:
I'll post pictures of the bride wearing the shawl after the wedding.

Monday, September 17, 2007

You know how I "don't have a digital camera"

Well, I do now. The universe decided I needed one, so my sister and a friend from church both offered one to me last week. Now I have a camera. Woohoo!
Now I just need some finished objects to post.
I should do some photographing of projects of long ago, but I'm spending my time finishing the Seraphim shawl for my friend's wedding. I have 8 long rows left. I'm almost there. Except that the rows are over 300 stitches now, I think. It takes me something like 20 minutes to purl across.
On Saturday I went to my sister's house. My nephew (who is 2) wanted to make gingerbread men, so my sister made the dough and it was resting by the time I got there. My nephew took me by the hand, brought me to the kitchen and told me, "Gingermen sleeping". When it was time to roll out the dough, he ran into the kitchen and started yelling, "Wake up, wake up!" It was darn cute. It was also cute how he asked for cookies later, "J_ needs a gingerman". Very, very cute- and irresistible.

Friday, September 07, 2007


Since my last post, I've settled into my new home, more or less. I received my socks from Sockapalooza (they are beautiful), and I wear them a lot. I'll have to get a hold of a camera one of these days.

I started my new job on Tuesday. It's a year long CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) residency at a local hospital. We've been touring campuses and having "disorientation" as they've nicknamed it. They're a funny group, and we laugh a lot. I'm glad because the work can be so heavy later on.

This morning we find out what units we are assigned to in the hospital. I was pretty flexible and put that I wanted one ICU and a couple other less acute areas of the hospital. I seek balance in my life this year, and I'm hoping that's one way I'll find it.

In knitting:
I've been working on the Seraphim Shawl from for a friend's wedding. The shawl will be for the bride, and the wedding is in October in Wisconsin, so the pattern has long portions of stockinette. I'm just now getting to the yarn overs, and I've been working on this shawl for a couple weeks now (with interruptions for unpacking and such). I purchased the needles in Spokane (Addi's), the yarn in Spokane (undyed merino at Holy Threads), and printed the pattern in Eugene. I began knitting then and knit all the way to the Redwoods in Redwood National Park. That was such a stunning drive that I had to put the needles down to really take the whole experience in: the fresh smell of the forest, the coolness of the air, the sight of the sunlight spilling onto the forest floor in patches made by the leaf-screens. It was lovely. That was the day of our third wedding anniversary. We ate dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

We arrived back to the seminary apartments the next day and started moving in. One thing of note in this incarnation of our home. Although the apartment is pretty darn small (425 square feet), my partner Will is so committed to me having a stash storage place that he insists I take the linen closet. There is only a linen closet and a clothes closet, so this is a big deal.
Unfortunately, he also unpacked the boxes of my stash, and as he puts it, "I thought I knew you have a lot of yarn. But now I know you have a LOT of yarn." Oops. I guess I'll have to keep knitting.