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Friday, October 6, 2017

FO Friday Two-fer.

First up, here's 2nd Avenue ... in the 2nd Avenue subway station (yep, Sara did acquiesce).

It was still hot the day we left the city, but I had the scarf with me on the train and it was a perfect layer with the sleeveless dress. It cooled off in New Haven, and I actually got to wear the scarf for the first time last Friday. with a chambray shirt (just like I envisioned when I bought those five crazy skeins). How cool that its first "in action" photo was with New Haven pizza!

I repeated that outfit yesterday (yay for October weather!) and know the scarf is going to be on heavy rotation for the next few months!

As is the Tapered Cowl, aka "Moving to NYC". This is today's outfit. Perfect for cool mornings/evenings (and grocery stores) when you need a little something around your neck (and shoulders) but not too much - and very easy to take off when the afternoon warms up.

I missed blogging about this piece in progress, but it was the stupid-simple-stockinette (in the round no less) project I planned for Sara's move. The pattern is part of Churchmouse's latest collection - perfectly written and very wearable. I used an alpaca/silk blend that was pretty close to what the pattern suggested, but major on sale at Webs (maybe it's been discontinued?) - the whole project cost me less than $30. 

I cast on the 200+ stitches on the way to the airport (way back on September 14), knitted a few rounds on the flight and then didn't pick it up again until well into the U-Haul drive (and then only for short bits). I made a little more progress once the apartment was setup. That's the piece on the floor (under the table) - a week after I started ... and still on the first ball! 

I joined the second ball on the train to New Haven and knit a little more late last week and on the plane ride home (since Marc sat next to Charlie and I sat in the row in front of them).

Then it was still a few more days to finish (I didn't join the third ball until Monday). and block. and oh boy, was the blocking key! Here's the before (left) and after (right). The "raw" knitting was not at all pretty but wow, I don't think it shows!

These two projects have a lot of memories tied into the making. Alaska, Sara's move, the 2nd Avenue subway, train rides and airplane flights, pizza and lots of sitting with family and friends. When I started writing this post I kept thinking about how little progress I had to show for almost two months. but now that I've written the story, I see. it wasn't really about the knitting....

Happy Friday my friends.

xo - M.

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Blogger Lydia said...

Love the story behind the knitting. My green sweaters along with a couple hats are leaving today for their journey to London!

Saturday, 07 October, 2017  
Blogger Carole said...

Those are both wonderful and very wearable handknits!

Saturday, 07 October, 2017  
Blogger Honoré said...

Every time you handle that cowl those stories and attendant feelings/memories will surface to the top. What a treasure! Wear it in good health, knowing you are surrounded by all those memories and love.

Saturday, 07 October, 2017  
Anonymous Patty said...

I love everything about this Mary! And just what Honore many good and fun memories wrapped up in that knitting!

Saturday, 07 October, 2017  
Blogger Bonny said...

Your 2nd Avenue photos are some of the best FO photos I've seen; how nice of Sara to move so you could take them! Both projects have been with you for thousands of miles, memories, and emotions, and I know you'll wear them often, beautifully, and enjoy remembering!

Saturday, 07 October, 2017  
Blogger Vicki Knitorious said...

Isn't that the truth!! My favorite knits are the ones with memories attached. ;)

Monday, 09 October, 2017  
Blogger Kym said...

It's amazing how we knit "our lives" right into our projects! Those knits will be all the more special - forever - because of the memories. Beautiful, Mary -- all the way around. XO

Monday, 09 October, 2017  
Blogger margene said...

Both projects are great and very wearable. I love 2nd Avenue! Your projects will hold beautiful memories for you every time you put them on.

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017  

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