Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston, You're My Home.

Marathon Monday is a proud, 117 year Boston tradition. It's also Patriots Day, a day celebrating the American Revolution and the patriotic spirit that has created and inspired our nation to independence and greatness. 

The marathon runs through my city, Newton, effectively cutting it in half. Each year, the two side of town rise early to negotiate getting by the marathon route. I happen to love the marathon...the wheelchair contenders, looking for the Hoyts in the crowd, and seeing the Burger Brigade make French fries and burgers running up Heartbreak Hill look effortless. 

Famous along the route is the Scream Tunnel, where normally very proper Wellesley College girls scream, yell and kiss their encouragement to the runners...letting them know that they are halfway. Heartbreak Hill is a thing of legend and lore among marathoners, but for some Newtonians, it's just their morning run. The marathon is more than just a road race...it's our spirit, a source of pride and more importantly, it's the runners, the volunteers and the spectators along the way. 

Marathon Monday always brings this to mind:

But, because of the insane actions of horrible people (person?), the 117th marathon ended like this:

My heart breaks for the city my family has called home for many generations (7? 8?), the city my grandfather adopted as his home because "it was filled with smart people", the city where I met and fell in love with PC...the city we have chosen to stay within. I wept today as I saw the horror of the bombings at the finish line. I wept for my friends "in town", the families of those hurt, the people who were just there to watch their loved ones finish an amazing accomplishment... 

The people of Boston are often thought of as cold, unfriendly and a little aloof. Today, strangers ran to help. People have opened their homes to those who need one. We opened our hearts, even while they were breaking. 

The sadness and unfathomability of today has no words. Pray with me that my city heals, victims recover and that justice is served, either ( as so eloquently put in the great Boston film, The Town) " on this side or the other."

Peace Be With You, 


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Saturday Sighting

I have been working ( slowly, its my out-and-about knitting)  on the Easy Drop stitch scarf for a week now. Its an 8 row repeat and its coming along. My friend, Jen , was knitting one in a variegated colorway and i fell in love. I had seen hundreds of these scarves, but hers inspired me.

The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill, dk weight. The colors are part of their "potluck"  series, where you get whatever they threw together,  no recipe, no matching. I have just enough for a good long scarf. Needles are US 5, 3.76mm.

Today, the scarf and I are headed west on the Mass Pike to grab a beer and a burger. PC is driving so i can knit. (And i think he likes my Subaru sporty engine on the highway


Friday, April 12, 2013

Hoo is good looking?

These kids! My best friend has three amazing kids, ages 4 1/2 years, 23 months, and 11 months. They are a delight to knit for because she puts them in their handknits for such special occasions such as: going for a walk, the playground, running errands, running in the yard and more! I will happily reknit a favorite sweater when i know its been worn out due to too many times down the slide. Or it got ripped on a nature hike.

new look owelets, size 1 and 3 ( green and red, respectively) and Adrian Bizilla's totoro bonnet, sans totoro.

Sweaters are knit with Encore Chunky Tweed, 3 skeins per sweater and the bonnet is Berrocco Vintage, 0.5 skein. Sweaters are on US 10.5 and bonnet on US 5.

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Still here....

It has been awhile, huh? I am still here but i am back not working and job hunting, unhappily so. I have been knitting. A lot, actually. Here are two of my FO projects from February 2013.

One of the ways I have been whittling down the stash is with quick stash busting projects like mittens and hats. The two below are the same pattern, different yarns. The blue is patons classic wool- a $5 project which makes for an excellent gift.  The pink are Malabrigo, colorway Pretty Little Things, and are divine. Each project took less than 10 hours of total knit time.