Once in a Blue Moon

Once in a Blue Moon

Don’t ya know? We just had a blue moon. The last day of August, the 31st, was the second full moon in the month. Better known to all as a blue moon.

Now that summer is coming to a close; seasons come and they go so quickly, I enjoy thinking back to the different months in summer and how they vary right before our eyes. Subtly they change and if you’re not looking for it, or paying attention it happens anyway.

Take for instance, sunset. In September it’s dark by 7:30 p.m. Yet, at the end of May and into June days stay light well into the 9 o’clock hour. And mornings then are wide awake and kicking at 4:30 and 5:00 a.m.  Now, those times lay in darkness.

Did you know there are actually three different twilights? One of my favorite times of day; after the sun has set yet before actual darkness begins to settle over the earth.

There is civil twilight, the time at which the sun is 6 degrees below the horizon. There is enough light for objects to be clearly distinguishable and outdoor activities can begin or end without any artificial illumination. (Who doesn’t love to light candles at this time of day?)

Then there is nautical twilight, the time when the center of the sun is 12 degrees below the horizon and only vague outlines of objects are discernible. This is when it becomes difficult to actually see anything, especially from afar.

Lastly, there is astronomical twilight, the time when the sun is 18 degrees below the horizon. At sunrise this is when the sun starts lightening the sky. In the evening, this is the point where the sky turns completely dark.

Twilight. I used to think it was so simple. Whichever twilight you see, it’s nature at its very best. This time of evening seems to be more “blue” than any other time. That’s just fine with me.

Blue is my favorite color. It’s always been my favorite color; whichever shade or hue of blue you choose. It’s just me. Just like my Victorian scarf or neck-warmer here. It’s one of my very favorite things to knit. Put it in a dazzling box with some silver tissue paper and a beautiful ribbon and you have the best gift!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Victorian Scarf:
one of my favorite things to knit . . . .

Size 4 needles.


CO 30 sts.

Knit 1 row.
Row 1 (RS): K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, K11, yo twice, K2.
Row 2: K2, (K1, P1, K1, P1, K1) into “yo twice”, P7, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end. Row 3: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, K3, SSK, K13.
Row 4: K2, P11, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 5: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, K3, SSK, K5, (YO, K1) 5 times, YO, K2.
Row 6: K2, P16, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 7: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, K3, SSK, K17.
Row 8: K2, P15, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 9: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, K3, SSK, K3, (YO, K2tog) 6 times, K1.
Row 10: K2, P14, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 11: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2 K3, SSK, K15.
Row 12: K2, P13, K4, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.
Row 13: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2 K3, SSK, (YO, K2 tog) 6 times, yo, K2.
Row 14: K 19, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end
Row 15: K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, P3, K2, Knit to end.
Row 16: BO 6 sts., K12, P2, *K1, P1, K1, P2, repeat from * to end.

Knit rows 1 – 16 for 16 “points” or desired lengths.
Bind off.

Weave in the ends.

Let me know what you think!

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