If anyone is in the market for some freaking awesome custom spinning wheels please look towards Olympic Spinning Wheels. That bottom one? It’s Narnia themed. See the streetlamp in glass! It lights up too! Their prices also seem stupidly reasonable to me so give them a look!
Njor - God of the sea. Lace weight and fractal spun. It has a light blue-grey through black gradient from one end to the other with colour repeats in the same gradient throughout. It’s disgusting how gorgeous this yarn turned out.
Bustin’ this Bobbin-
Knitted Entrelac Scarf Be still my heart! Those colors! I need to learn how to make this!
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There was a very detailed tutorial in INTERWEAVE KNITS Spring 2007 issue, which showed how to knit entrelac flat and in the round. The link I provided will lead you to the same tutorial AND a scarf pattern — BOTH FREE!
Donaghadee Lighthouse, County Down, ireland
Spring point ledge light house -Portland, Maine.
A Heroine History Forgot- Idawalley Zorada Lewis (Ida lewis) (later Lewis-Wilson) Was A Lighthouse Keeper Noted For Her Heroism
She became the first woman to receive a gold Congressional medal for lifesaving
Her father was the official keeper of the Lime Rock Light Station services in Newport Harbor, Rhode Island. After suffering from a paralyzing stroke, Hosea Lewis was unable to continue services as the lighthouse keeper. It was then that Ida’s mother took over the responsibility of the lighthouse. However, Ida had no complaints in assisting her mother in the management of the lighthouse and the home.
Dating back to her teens, Ida was much acclaimed for her rowing skills, courage, modesty and strength. An article in Harper’s Weekly, written after Ida had made several daring rescues, debated whether it was “feminine” for women to row boats, but concluded that none but a “donkey” would consider it “unfeminine” to save lives.
Dating back when she was only 17 years old, Ida rescued four local men who were sailing back and forth between Lime Rocks and Fort Adams. Ida had no complaints about the rescue and never gave it a second thought. She rescued one of the three drunken soldiers in February 1866, nearly eight years after her first rescue, who were abroad a skimpy skiff.
However, this was just the beginning of the series of rescues made by this heroic lighthouse keeper of Rhode Island, commissioned by U.S. Coast Guard in the year 1879. With an annual salary of $750, Ida Lewis was the highest paid lighthouse keeper in the entire nation.
Ida is credited with saving 18 lives, although unofficial reports suggest the number may have been as high as 36. She kept no records of her lifesaving exploits.
Fame brought countless other visitors to the island to stare at Ida. Her wheelchair-using father entertained himself by counting their numbers often a hundred a day; nine thousand in one summer alone. Ida also received numerous gifts, letters, and even proposals of marriage (some of them offering to supply references as to good character). Ida was distressed by all the attention and fended off her many unknown admirers as best she could. Although few details are known, she did marry a Captain William Wilson of Black Rock, Connecticut, in 1870, but they separated after two years. She spent most of her career alone at Lime Rock.
Ida Lewis, died October 25, 1911 when she was 69 years old. The bells of all boats and other vessels in Newport Harbor tolled the entire night for Ida Lewis in remembrance of her services. Also, all flags in Newport were at half staff in her honor.
ProFile Friday: In Memorium
Isabelle Daniel “Barbara” Hall Fiske Calhoun, best known for her work (as Barbara Hall) on “Girl Commandos” and “Pat Parker, War Nurse” during the Golden Age of Comics, died this past Monday, April 28, 2014 at age 94 in a nursing home in White River Junction, Vermont, not far from the Center for Cartoon Studies. Her daughter Ladybelle and son in law Brion were with her for the last days of her life. She died peacefully and without struggle. Drawing and painting remained her main interest in her final days. “Art is prayer,” she frequently said
Hall was born in 1919 into an old Southern family. Her ancestors had fought the British during the Revolutionary War, and later fought on the Southern side in the American Civil War. She studied painting in Los Angeles, moving to New York City in 1940. She showed her portfolio to Harvey Comics in 1941, and was hired to draw the comic “Black Cat”. Her next strip was “Girl Commandos”, about an international team of Nazi-fighting women. This comic was developed from “Pat Parker, War Nurse”, about a “freelance fighter for freedom.” When stationed in India, this nurse recruited a British nurse, an American radio operator, a Soviet photographer, and a Chinese patriot. Hall continued this strip until 1943. Girl Commandos was taken over by Jill Elgin. On January 8, 1946, she married writer and playwright Irving Fiske and became Barbara Hall Fiske.
Hall continued her art career as a tempera and pastel painter. Together with her husband, she began an alternative living group/artists and writers’ colony in Rochester, Vermont, called Quarry Hill. (Later it became known as the Quarry Hill Creative Center.) She and Irving Fiske had two children, Isabella (Ladybelle) and William.
In the Sixties, through her daughter, Ladybelle, she met and became friends with many well-known underground cartoonists, including R. Crumb, Trina Robbins, Kim Deitch, Spain Rodriguez, and others. Ladybelle met Art Spiegelman in 1966 through Trina Robbins and also, concurrently, through a group of Spiegelman’s fellow-students at the State University of New York at Binghamton. In 1978, Ladybelle, Spiegelman, Françoise Mouly, and some other Quarry Hill residents created Top-Drawer Rubber Stamp Company, which featured art by Crumb, Spiegelman and many other cartoonists and artists. This hand-made art rubber stamp company provided employment for several Quarry Hill residents for a time.
Barbara Hall Fiske designed several images for Top-Drawer including angels, an image of William Blake (Quarry Hill’s favorite poet and artist), and more.
Hall divorced Fiske in the 1970s, created Lyman Hall, Inc. (after a collateral ancestor who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence) to run the Quarry Hill property, and took the name Barbara Fiske Calhoun after her second marriage in the 1990s.
One of her “Pat Parker, War Nurse” stories was reprinted recently in Divas, Dames & Daredevils: Lost Heroines of Golden Age Comics edited by Mike Madrid.
A new test for character design: “The Babs and Kara Test.” Your characters only pass if the audience could still tell them apart if they were wearing identical bathrobes and had their hair completely wrapped up in towels
Named for the time DCAU had Batgirl and Supergirl hang out in bathrobes with their hair up in a towel and needed to make sure their hair was slightly visible so the audience could tell which was which:
us too, steve. us too.
Thank you, Sam.
( Seriously, I want a Cap belly warmer. )
Steve shows up to an Avengers meeting in August wearing a red white and blue scarf that hangs down nearly to his knees, with little pieces of yarn sticking out anywhere there’s a color change. When Tony stares, Steve shrugs. “Bucky hasn’t figured out how to weave in ends yet,” he says, toying with one of the errant pieces. “Pretty good though, right?”
Tony says nothing. Tony’s not sure there’s anything to say, except, maybe, that knitting needles sound pretty fucking dangerous in the hands of the Winter Soldier.
In September, Natasha pulls her tablet out of a black knit pouch with red edging; in October, Sam’s wearing a pair of thick grey fingerless gloves, little black wings adorning the tops. Clint comes home one day November wearing deep purple arm warmers, and a few days later Bruce walks by wearing the exact same ones in green. By December, Thor’s storing Mjolnir in a little silver knitted sack, and when Steve and Bucky show up for the Christmas party in matching handmade sweaters, holding hands and generally looking much more like something out of an adorable Hallmark commercial than Tony would’ve guessed upon meeting Barnes six months ago, he has to admit it: he’s hurt.
"I am not hurt," he hisses at Pepper, when she finds him sulking. "I am — confused. And! Cold! If Barnes is going to knit things for the entire team then, I mean, whatever, I don’t care. I’m just saying, it’s not exactly fair, is it? Everyone getting something and me—”
"Tony," Pepper interrupts, giving him her gentlest exasperated eyeroll, "Bucky left something for us in the foyer."
It’s a blanket, as it turns out, red and gold striped. Pepper wraps around her shoulders immediately and refuses to give it back, even when Tony tugs her into a kiss and tries to use the distraction to steal it off her. It looks awesome, though, and it feels pretty damn comfortable for the, like, eight seconds Tony gets his hands on it before Pepper sails away, still wearing it around her shoulders. Huh.
Tony sidles up to Steve at the next Avengers meeting. “Hey,” Tony says, “you were right: your boy’s pretty good with a needle. You think he could make a hat that says ‘War Machine Rox,’ spelled with an X? I need a good birthday present for Rhodey.”
Steve beams at him.
I think I just died of adorableness