Lisa James

Junkyard – Photo Club Field Trip

I took my son to a “vehicle graveyard” for his first field trip with my Dad’s photo club. He loved it until he got tired of all the mud. (There was a LOT of mud.)

My photos:


Some of my kid’s photos:



Last November

We had some beautiful frost last year. I went out and took some pictures of the trees, but my computer died before I could get them off the camera, and by the time it was fixed I’d kinda moved on to other things. Anyway I found them recently, so here’s a few photos of frosted

A Knitting Post!

I think initially I started this to be a craft blog, and I’ve kinda wandered away from that. So for anyone who’s following because you like knitting, here’s a bunch of projects I don’t remember posting.

Dad’s sweater. This was 3 or 4 years ago. It’s the only adult sized sweater I’ve ever made. The sleeves were too long so he just rolls them up. lr-6396

I made a shawl for my step-mom’s 50th birthday summer of

My favourite socks. I want to make lots more.

A hat and mitts for someone’s baby, a while ago…lr-5283

“Fingerless” mitts for my husband’s friend. I was proud of these ones because I didn’t know how big his hands were, so I made them stretchy so they fit both me and my husband (his hands are way bigger than mine.)lr-5621

A wool scarf I made for myself recently. The colourful wool was from my step-mom for Christmas a few years ago. It’s very

Baby mitts and a hat for my friend’s son. This is actually the second pair of mitts because he outgrew the first one, but they look the

And the little cutie modelling his hat for me:lr-9787

Spring – 2016


I wait all winter for this nonsense. Mainly the pink trees and the lilacs… And then I spend as much time outside as possible because it all fades so fast.

Downtown Prince George – Photo Club Field Trip

I never go to Photo Club except for field trips. I got the email about this one, and I’ve been wanting to wander around downtown with my camera for a while… I got my dad to drive me, because carpooling and I hate going places alone and he’s pretty decent company 😉


I love graffiti. I stuck with my dad the whole time, he followed me around really… And he scared off a creeper for me. It was pretty good though (and fairly abandoned.)

There’s a few more on flickr:

Spiritual Death


My newest painting. It took about 5 weeks, start to finish (because I mainly paint in the evenings when my son is in bed and I’m not too tired to be creative.)

It’s about spiritual death. It’s based on a dream I had that was sort of creepy, but it reminded me of the valley of dry bones in Ezekiel 37.

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath[a] enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.

11 Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. 14 I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”

The thing that strikes me about this passage is God isn’t dwelling on the fact that they’re dead. He’s much more interested in giving them new life.

In my dream I thought I was at church, but all I saw was a heap of skulls and all the jaw bones were missing. Some of the skulls were deformed and one was raised up on a stick with a mark on it’s cheek painted with blood. That’s why the skull in my painting is uneven (look at the eye sockets and cheek bones.) And it’s where the red X came from. The words at the top are from T.S. Eliot’s The Hollow Men. It’s an old favourite of mine and those verses seemed fitting. The words at the bottom are from the passage in Ezekiel.

It looks like a very dark painting, and it is, but it’s also hopeful. In the old testament God sometimes uses blood to mark those He’s going to spare. I see my painting as a metaphor for the spiritual death often found in modern churches. But God isn’t content to leave it that way and is always offering to bring new life. Even when all that is left are dry bones.

Cabled Baby Hat – Pattern

I made this hat for my friend’s baby, because she’s super adorable and babies need cute hats…



And the pattern:

For a 16″ circumference, Cast on 120

gauge: 20sts = 3″

I don’t remember my needle size, but it’s a worsted weight yarn and I tend to use smaller needles than recommended…

do a k2p2 ribbing for 3″ to make the brim

repeat the first section until you’ve got most of the head knit (I don’t remember how long, sorry.)

follow the second section to decrease.

Pull yarn through remaining sts & make a large pom pom to attach.


It’s a little big on her (she’s about 6 months in the photo) but it looks cute like that anyway, and she can grow into it.

It’s been about three months since I finished it, and my notes are lacking a couple details so it’s not my most informative pattern unfortunately…

P.S. – Photography credit goes to her mom! I was so excited to give it to her I forgot about taking pictures!

Photography Mittens – Pattern

I haven’t been spending as much time knitting lately, but I was motivated to make these after my snowshoeing photography trip with my dad. Because it was really cold and I couldn’t work my camera with my mitts on… I made up my own pattern, but the idea is something I saw online a few years ago.




I have plenty of that green wool, I just made them different colours for fun.



3.25mm double pointed needles

worsted weight yarn (wool is better)


Cast on 40sts

knit a cuff (k2, p2) 1-2 inches

knit 1 round

Increase 1per 4 (48 sts)

knit 1 round

increase 8 evenly (56sts)

knit 1 round and place thumb markers (3 sts each end)

Start thumb shaping – increase 1 stitch per thumb section every other round until there are 18 thumb stitches

slip thumb sts to holders

knit 1.5 inches

Cast off 8 to make hole for index finger

next round cast on 8 to cover hole

knit in round 2.25 inches

decrease every 4th

knit a round

decrease every 3rd

knit a round

decrease every 2nd

knit a round

k2tog around

pull yard through remaining sts.

slip thumb sts to needles

pick up additional 5 to fill gap

over 3 needles, 7,9,7sts

knit in round until 1/4 inch is left to finish thumb

decrease at end of each needle

knit 1 round

k1, k2tog 1 round

k2tog 1 round

pull yarn through

turn mitten inside out

pick up 10 sts above index hole

knit straight patch to cover hole

secure sides leaving bottom open

weave in ends.

Pictures from Camp, New Years Day 2016

We went out to Ness Lake for the annual Polar Bear Dip, just for something to do…










I’ve loved this camp since I first went when I was fourteen. It’s always gorgeous out there…

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