Vermillion yarn

While we were traveling through Ohio, visiting Lake Erie Lighthouses, (see previous post), we walked through the town of Vermillion.  It was lovely - I recommend it.  As we turned the corner, we walked right up to a local yarn store.

It is the Cast On Yarn Studio, and you can read about it at this link.

I looked at lots of yarn there, and bought three skeins of Cestari Yarn.  It is a two-ply worsted weight in blue and green.  Each skein is 170 yards.

Go visit Vermillion.  Buy yarn and ice cream, visit the shore, and see the lighthouse.

Ohio Lighthouses

A  few weeks ago, Steve and I took a trip to Ohoi to look at Lake Erie Lighthouses. It was a great trip - here are the six we visited.  All photos except the first were taken with my Nikon 5100.  The first one is an iPhone 7 photo,

Fairport Harbor Lighthouse
Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Lighthouse

Lorain Lighthouse

Vermillion Lighthouse

Marblehead Lighthouse

Port Clinton Lighthouse

Seattle Scarf, Finished

This scarf is finished.  I started it on a trip to Alabama in February and I finished it on a trip back from Alabama in July.

Pattern:  Farrow Rib, done in a stripe pattern I designed.  See this post

Yarn: Marvelous Merino by Raven Frog Fibers, made in Sitka Alaska, but purchased in Seattle (So Much Yarn local yarn store).  It was one skein of blue and one of green.  The colors are Seattle Seahawks colors, dyed specifically for the store where I purchased it.'

Needles: Size US 6

Koigu Linen Stitch Scarf

I finished this scarf.  That is about all I can tell you about it.  I don't remember the yarn I used - Koigu, maybe? I don't remember the needle size.

As for the pattern, I learned it from the Koigu Linen Stitch scarf from Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.

I don't remember much about its knitting, but I know that I like it.  And that I should keep better records.

Stained glass

I love to craft.  One of my joys in this hobby is playing with color.  That may be why these windows appealed to me.  Aren't the colors beautiful?  They are located at Blenko Glass in Milton, WV, on the second floor of the shop.  (taken with iPhone 7)

Seattle Scarf

In April of last year, I bought this yarn in Seattle.  It was a hank of two skeins of Raven Frog yarn from Sitka, Alaska.  It is the colors of the Seattle Seahawks, but I don't care - I love the navy blue and lime green together.

I wanted to figure out a way to combine the two colors, letting each one shine, without using any intarsia or fair isle.  I don't like them.  So I settled on stripes.  You can see the beginnig of that journey in this post.  It took several tries to get the scarf going.

Eventually, I planned the pattern in my bullet journal - another nice use for the journal.

I'm using Farrow rib as the stitch 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.

The striping pattern is as follows (Color A is blue, Color B is Lime):

  1. Color A - four inches
  2. Color B - four rows
  3. Color A - four rows
  4. Repeat 2 and 3 two more times for three sets of stripes
  5. Color B - eight inches
  6. Three sets of stripes as above (2-4), reversing colors A and B.
  7. Color A - eight inches
  8. Three sets of stripes as above (2-4)
  9. Repeat 5-8.
  10. Repeat 5-6
  11. End with 4 inches of Color A.
I'm using a US Size 6 needle, and this is the progress so far.  There will be lots of ends to weave in, although I am carrying the yarn up the side of the piece as I knit the stripes.

Northern Lights Scarf

Back in March of 2018, I posted about a scarf I was knitting.  It had been years in the planning because the two skeins of yarn I bought didn't match - they were the same colorway, but handpainted, and not purchased at the same time.  I couldn't decide how to knit the scarf without giving up the beautiful patterning this yarn does when knit.  I finally decided the scarf would have two fraternal ends, and I started knitting.  Back in March.

It did take a while to finish it - not as long as it has taken to post about it - but a while.

Here it is - the Northern Light Scarf (in one post called Aurora Borealis), finished.  Can you see the two different halves? I don't care. I love the patterning.

Yarn: Mountain Color 4/8s wool in Northern Lights (colorway no longer available) - two skeins
Needles: Size US 7
Other Posts: March 2018 and November 2018

Bullet Journalling pen case for April

My bullet journalling pen bag changes each month - and some of it stays the same.  I keep them in a Delde pen case.  It zips at the top, but when you open it, you can pull the sides down and it becomes  a pencil cup. Great invention.

Items that don't change each month
  • Factis BM2 eraser.  Looks like a pencil.  Push the top and eraser pushes out
  • Pilot Precise V5 in blue
  • Pentel Energel 0.35 in black
  • Staedtler fineliners in light gray, gray, and black
  • Pencil
  • Wescott 6 inch metal ruler
  • Dear Lily Designs ruler that counts grid and dots
  • Compact scissors
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artists pen, S
Items that are unique for April
  • Tombow dual brush markers in 055, 761, 873, 451
  • Tombow Twin tone markers - dark bluen and teal (from the rainbow pack

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.