Two birthday cards

The two cards above were made for a friend's birthday.  The top one is all dogs - all from different stamp sets.  She is a volunteers with animals and is an advocate of rescue, so the dogs are all wishing her a happy birthday

The second card is hand-drawn and painted. No stamps. 

Both fun to make.

Oil Lamp

In our Annual Conference, each church was given an oil lamp - it's the round part of the candle above.  I purchased one for The Foundation and added colored oil lamp to it.  As part of the production of The Foundation's Annual Report, I wanted to include a picture of ours. Above are three of the many images I took using my iPhone 7,  Those phones have great cameras.

Knitting Perserverence

What is the role of perseverance in knitting?

Last weekend, we drove to Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  It's a nine hour drive, one way, so I planned a knitting project to take with me.  I'm using the yarn I purchased in Seattle that was dyed in Sitka, Alaska.  I talk about it in this post.

My plan was to use size 7 needles, and to try the cartridge belt knit pattern.  But I wanted stripes so that I could use both colors of the yarn I bought in one scarf.  The cartridge belt stitch pattern involves some slipped stitches, which would have made the stripes uneven in the scarf - I would be carrying stitches (and their colors) up from the last row of a stripe into the first row of the next stripe.  I didn't realize that until I had knitted a few rows.  Rip.

So I switched to a farrow rib pattern:  Cast on stitches in a multiple of 3 + 1.  *Row 1 is Knit 2, Purl 1* Repeat until there is one stitch left in the row. Knit the final stitch.  Row 2 is a Purl 1 *Knit 2, Purl 1* to end of row.

Great.  Did that.  Knit several rows and realized the scarf was too narrow.  Rip.

Tried again, adding more cast on stiches so that the scarf would be wider.  Knitted several rows.  Looked at the knitting and decided the fabric was too loose and that it looked funny.  Rip.  

Switched to a size 6 needle.  Tried again. A few rows in, and I realized that the reason the previous attempt (and this one) had looked funny was because I was knitting 3 and purling 1 (instead of knitting 2 and purling 1).  Rip. (See the top picture - odd knitting)

Finally, after five tries, I had a pattern I liked with needles I liked.  And I was actually following the pattern correctly.  Perseverance.  

Snowshoe Retreat

We spent a weekend at Snowshoe Resort this month.  The Resort is closed during November (although they do rent rooms and keep the condo buildings open.  We planned meals and packed food.  We spent the weekend doing absolutely nothing, and aboslutely enjoying it.  I spent much time coloring.  The images below are of the common area in the condo building, showing my copics and the fireplace as we enjoyed the view and the room.  The second picture is of the card fronts I colored while we were there.

Simply Watercolor

I'm working my way through the Online Card Class called Simply Watercoloring.  Below are three of my animal pieces.  Fun to do - and it stretches my ability because none of the images are stamped.

Two Logos

My son graduated from Marshall University last May.  This August, he started at the University of Alabama.  He asked me to create a thank you card he could give to the professor at Marshall who recommended UA to him (and who went to graduate school at UA himself).  This is the beginning of it - hand drawn and watercolored logos from both schools.

Aurora Borealis Scarf

I'm still working on the Aurora Borealis Scarf.  I wouldn't mind finishing it and moving onto something else, but that would require that I pick it up and knit.