Cross Country Trip, Final Stops

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:

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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:

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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:

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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.



Holding pattern


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


Casting off!

The bags are packed, the car is loaded, the passenger seat is surrounded by yarn … and we’re hitting the open road. I’m going to try out checking in with some very quick photos/post once a day if you’d like to follow our cross-country odyssey! And I’ll probably be sharing quite a few photos on Instagram as well. Thanks as always for spending a little bit of your day with me … looking forward to sharin this next adventure! 

Xo K

Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday! I have a small bunch of fibery Friday Favorites for you today.

Clockwise from top left: (1) Lexi the Peerie Mouse, Image [C] KnittingJoy (2) Talmadge Cloche, Image [C] Jesse Wild (3) Scrumptiouspurl Wool & Honey, Image from Wool & Honey (4) Avion, Image [C] Katrin Schneider 
  • Joy’s delightful Lexi the Peerie Mouse. ¬†As some of you know, I’ve been (very slowly) working on Alex the Mouse,¬†May’s¬†A Year of Techniques¬†project. ¬†I’ve loved AYoT so far — not just for the amazing patterns, but for the camaraderie and inspiration of the monthly knitalongs. ¬†Joy’s skillful adaptation of the Alex the Mouse pattern is so cute and lovely — I¬†don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it. ¬†You can see lots more adorable pictures and read the details of Joy’s adaptation on her Ravelry¬†project page, linked above. ¬†Joy is KnittingJoy on Ravelry and joyous360 on Instagram — she’s a beautiful knitter with a wonderful color sense — definitely check out some of her other projects as well!
  • And while we’re on the subject of AYoT, I’m absolutely in love with June’s project, the Talmadge Cloche by Romi Hill. ¬†I’m excited for a bit of lace knitting, and I love that the hat has a very vintage feel while being totally wearable. ¬†I’m casting on this weekend, despite having¬†too many WIPs on the needles already.
  • This¬†new sweater, designed by Katrin Schneider (I particularly like this test knit version). ¬†What a great wardrobe staple it would make!
  • I’m a big admirer of Scrumptiouspurl’s self striping yarn (I don’t have any myself, but I love her¬†Instagram feed), and I love this new color, exclusive to Wool and Honey. ¬†I’m very tempted …. except for the fact that I really have no business getting new sock yarn!

That’s it for today — thanks as always for stopping by. ¬†And I’d love to hear what’s caught your eye this week!!