Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Quick Trip and a New Skill


Keith and I had to make a quick trip to Chicago earlier this week so I could have my interview for Global Entry with U.S. Customs. I don't think I've mentioned this here yet, but I am traveling with my daughter this summer.
The Free Your Fade Shawl is perfect car knitting.
Early in the year, Rachel called me up, told me she was going to be a bridesmaid, and asked if I would be her date. Of course, I was thrilled to be invited and said, "Yes!" Then she told me that the wedding is in a small town outside of Lviv, Ukraine. So we are going to the Ukraine in August.

A couple months ago, I was browsing the stacks at our main library and came upon a book from the 1970's titled "Ukrainian Embroidery." 
I found a pattern that didn't seem too insanely time-consuming and decided a Ukrainian wall hanging would be the perfect wedding gift. Much of the traditional Ukrainian embroidery is complex, dense cross-stitch, but there is also a tradition of free-form flower embroidery.
I have a ways to go, but I think I can finish it by the end of July. Ideally, I'll take the finished hanging with me to Miami and leave it with my daughter. The bride is in grad school with my daughter in Miami, so I suspect she'd rather not have to carry it with her back to the States after the wedding.

Amazingly, the cheapest flight I found to Budapest (where Rachel and I are going to hang out before the wedding) left out of Miami. Traveling is rarely so convenient!




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15 comments:

  1. I do a little embroidery here and there and always enjoy it. Your wedding gift will be lovely. I am a retired Early Childhood Sp Ed teacher. Enjoy your trip.

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  2. That is going to make a LOVELY wedding present.

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  3. What a wonderful opportunity to visit the Ukraine! Your embroidery will become a treasure for the newlyweds.

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  4. What an amazing gift! As I'm just dipping my toes into embroidery, I'm very impressed by your confidence in the completion date!

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  5. What an amazing adventure you have to look forward to! The embroidery is just perfect. It's really beautiful,

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  6. It sounds like this trip was just meant to be! I love your embroidery and beautiful Free Your Fade shawl!

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  7. What a fun trip!! And, your embroidery is just lovely!

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  8. Wow! have an amazing time!! That should be a wonderful trip. And what a lovely wedding gift. Perfect!

    Your shawl is gorgeous.

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  9. Gorgeous shawl. Amazing stitching. You are headed to my familys' HUNGARIAN Buda and Pest!!! Happy Danube

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  10. That will be a lovely gift! And a fun adventure for you and your daughter!

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  11. Trip of a lifetime! The embroidery is a treasure of a gift-nice work.

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  12. wow! what a trek to do! I hope you have fun and I love how you are stitching up something meaningful and beautiful :)

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  13. Two lovely projects you got there! The Embroidery looks so pretty! Love the shawl!

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  14. Your trip sounds amazing. That is going to be a lovely wedding gift.

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  15. How fun is that! And what a gorgeous wedding gift. You will love Budapest; our choir traveled there in 2001 and were privileged to sing in a couple of its beautiful cathedrals. You will have a wonderful trip!

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