So today, fellow knitters, I want to talk about gauge. Continue reading “On the importance of row gauge”
Happy first day of October! I don’t know about you, but the temperatures are dropping and I want to cast on for everything (even more than usual). Between the excitement of Yarndale and the new yarns and patterns that are being released daily, it’s easy to lose one’s head a bit. Continue reading “Good Intentions Club”
This week is all about clearing the deck — both in terms of knitting and the house, to get ready to start some big (knitting) projects and settling into a more normal routine in a mostly put together new place. My Wood Warbler is happily finished and got some wear this weekend — hopefully I’ll get some pictures of it soon! My Bousta Beanie’s drying on the window sill as we speak. I’m on the home stretch of a baby poncho, pictured below, knit in some vintage stash Madelinetosh DK yarn, which is destined for a dear friend in Montreal whose due to have a little one arriving this October. I thought the colorway was perfect for a little pumpkin baby!
Once this is done, I’ll feel full license to start some new projects this weekend — my hands are itching for some new things to knit. I may have already started swatching for one project, which I’m really excited to tell you about soon!
I’ve also really been enjoying Madeline Bunting’s Love of Country. It’s a wonderful mix of travel writing and history, and it’s definitely whetting my appetite for a visit to the Outer Hebrides!
What WIPs are you working on this week? Trying to finish any projects by the end of September??
Yesterday evening, just as the last bits of color were fading from the sky, Mr. N and I decided to take advantage of the dry evening and pop out for an evening walk. Even though it’s only early September, it’s already feeling quite cool in Lancaster (or “fresh” as I’ve noticed the weather reporters are calling it). Unfortunately, the delivery of our things from the US has been delayed, so I don’t even have a jacket with me at the moment, but as I was about to walk out the door, wrapped up in my Starting Point, it occurred to me that I do have a woolly hat with me — my Talmadge Cloche, which I finished just before we left Los Angeles! So I popped it on and resolved I’d remember to tell you a bit about it before the weekend was out.
Wow, it’s really September, huh? August feels a bit like a lost month to me.
With all the moving malarkey, knitting time has been in woefully short supply, but I am looking forward to getting back to knitting these beauties soon. These are my Antirrhinum Socks, by Rachel Coopey, the July project for A Year of Techniques. It’s hard to believe I started these in California … that seems a very long time ago now!
It’s hard to believe that this time last week, Mr. N and I were still in the midst of our cross country trip. I have a bit of free time this evening, so I thought I’d tell you a little bit about the last days of our trip.
We spent the beginning of last week at my parents in Virginia, which was lovely, but went by far too fast — and, as usual, things were so busy I forgot to take many pictures. There was yummy food, fishing and knitting by a pond, and because I was home a few days longer than expected, I got to help my mom out with a knitting class she was teaching at a senior camp. Our class was small (three lovely women), and we were working on making a simple, cotton washcloth. I’m not sure how much headway we made with two of the trio, but one woman left having caught the knitting bug — hoorah!
On Thursday we continued onto DC, and Friday morning we were lucky enough to have an opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture. It is an incredibly moving museum, one that would definitely repay many, many visits. I’ve never been to a museum that was so well-attended, with so many people really engaged with the exhibits. Much of the material is difficult and emotional, of course, but the museum presents a really important recounting of American history — I’m so glad it’s now open to the public and is doing this important work. If you find yourself in D.C., I can’t encourage you enough to spend some time there.
For the most part, I just wanted to experience and process the exhibits. But when I came across some different handmade items, I managed to remember to pull out the camera.
Like this tin made by Joseph Trammel, a man living in 19th century Virginia, designed to protect his freedom papers:
Or this heartbreaking sack, given by an enslaved woman named Rose to her daughter Ashley. It was filled with pecans and a lock of Rose’s hair for Ashley to remember her mother by. Ashley’s granddaughter, Ruth Middleton, embroidered the sack with the story in the 1920s.
Harriet Tubman’s shawl, given to her by Queen Victoria:
This skirt, carefully made for an enslaved girl named Lucy Lee Shirley:
And this skillfully made dress and beautifully embroidered scarf (from the late 18th or early 19th century), both of which were made by unknown enslaved women:
We had a morning to explore, and it wasn’t anywhere near enough time. I hope I have another chance to visit soon.
After that, we spent one more lovely evening in DC with friends … then Saturday Mr. N deposited me with our friend and he headed for his flight in New York. And that brought an end to our wonderful adventure. The Fade continues, if a bit slowly … looking forward to showing you more soon.
See that? The Fade is growing! After so much fretting over the lime green, I’m super happy with it in the shawl.
The shawl’s of course not done yet, but our cross country trip has come to an end. Mr. N flew across the pond yesterday. My visa, sadly, is still missing in action. The online tracker for UK immigration says the application was decided August 4 …. but it’s never been mailed. For now, we’ve rebooked all my travel for Friday, and I’m staying with a dear friend in Baltimore and waiting things out. Fingers crossed it all goes in the mail tomorrow. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to catching up on what I’ve missed while I’ve been traveling and writing a bit more about some of the bits of the trip I haven’t shared. More soon xo K