Saturday, July 21, 2018

Travels and Knits

So I am back in Madison for one day before I fly to Miami to meet my daughter tomorrow. Then on Monday we head to Budapest. I won't have a computer to read blogs on, and I don't own a tablet. I just don't want you to think I'm ignoring you!

There was plenty of knitting Up North, and it's all in my favorite colors. Here is the beginning of a Sockhead Hat:
And here is the Free Your Fade Shawl nearing the end. I finally got to the dark blue. I should say that I've used this pattern more as a recipe, and I've adapted it to use all the gradient yarn, with the dark colors thrown in.
Both projects use Knit Circus gradient yarn. I just love this stuff!

I did a few sketches, not all successful. I don't have a lot of experience with landscapes. I was OK with this sketch made south of Grand Marais:
Here's one last look at our cottage on Lake Superior. 
I've had friends from the coasts who are underwhelmed by Midwestern landscapes, but I love the boreal forest, the deep greens, the shapes of the conifers, the accents of the occasional birch trees. In some ways, I'd love to live Up North, but it is SO far from everyone and everything else in my life.



17 comments:

  1. All exciting things your trip to Budapest sounds wonderful, I would love to visit. I too like up North in the USA. I do understand the distance and being apart from family.

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  2. "So far from everyone" I think that's why my parents loved their trailer in Wisconsin, "Up Nort" and I think of my Dad's uncles with cabins even further north of Marathon county. Escaping. :)

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  3. I love northern WI, too, and was fortunate to work at a GS camp there many years ago. Love your Fade Shawl; it's gorgeous! Budapest is fabulous; our choir was fortunate to sing at a the Fot Cathedral and St. Matthais Church there in 2001. Have a wonderful trip!

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  4. UP NORTH Means nearly heaven to me. Myfathers cabin was such a family delight. I love the woods and lakes so very much. Have fun in my ancestors place:Hungary

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  5. Have a fabulous time and a safe trip. Can't wait to hear all about it. I love being "up North."

    Love your sketch and your knitting. The canin looks so peaceful.

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  6. Have a great vacation! We'll expect lots and lots of pictures when you get back.

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  7. What a pretty post, in every way!

    I hope all of your travels go well - have an absolutely wonderful time!

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  8. Your sketch is perfect! You captured just what you needed to and that is so hard to do. I am finding out that less is more when it comes to sketching.
    Have a great trip!

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  9. You are quite the traveler, and I hope it's all safe, smooth, and you have a really wonderful time! Your Sockhead Hat is beautiful and it might even be good travel knitting!

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  10. Oh, have a wonderful trip with daughter! Very exciting! Be sure and find a yarn shop to tell us about! Your landscape watercolor turned out great! Are you going to take supplies to w/c on the trip? Bon Voyage!

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  11. Have the most wonderful time! Cannot wait to hear all about it.
    Your knits are gorgeous. As always jealous of your drawing talents.

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  12. Beautiful knitting! Have a fantastic trip!!

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  13. may you have the best trip EVER!!!

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  14. Have a GREAT trip! I always love whatever you're knitting. You have such a great sense of color. Inspiring. (And I'm partial to midwestern landscapes, myself. They have such a quiet beauty.) XO

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  15. Have a wonderful trip! My parents love Budapest. They're in Germany and celebrated a special anniversary there. I went for a day trip when I was 21 while I was staying in Prague. Just some great memories of a beautiful place, a great dinner and some really fun young people.

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  16. By the way I love the yarns you are using All those gradients! You are always selling me on that Knit Circus!

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