Tuesday, March 12, 2013

knit ombre

 hello from ny! we are home now, but photos are from last weekend in brooklyn. chuck and i made an impromptu trip to nyc to pay a visit to two of our children that live there (in brooklyn). i was so excited i forgot about choosing a travel knit project to bring. (i know!) currently there is a fair isle cardigan on the needles here, but carrying eight or nine balls of wool on a trip, oh dear, no


 the day before we left, last wednesday, i hurried over to our local yarn store to find something that would be suitable for travel. lightweight is good, simple pattern, or no pattern (better!) would be good also if it fit in a small project bag, and last the length of time while away. oh dear oh dear. then i remembered. a pattern (non pattern) seen and saved. a cowl that took three very small practically weightless balls of rowan kidsilk haze, the ombre cowl hood


 it is the perfect travel knit! a very simple stockinette-in-the-round pattern. yarn is held double throughout, and colors are alternated to create ombre stripes (rowan makes over thirty shades to choose from)


 early morning at a coffee shop on bedford, knitting and people watching










this knit up so quickly i wished i'd had six balls for two cowls. one to hurry and knit to wear, it was COLD in ny (there was snow!) and one to have on the needles. holding two strands of kid silk at once and using a size eight needle, made this a very favorite travel knit. and so cozy warm to wear.

ravelry notes here
joining with yarnalong

p.s. met a blogging pal!


lovely, charming frances of city views, country dreams,
we chatted and chatted while...



while my patient family waited (thank you frances for the photos). more ny soon!

56 comments:

  1. that is lovely! <3 it looks so cozy and warm and yummy.

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  2. Oh what a lovely cowl,
    And wonderful to spend time with your family in ny!!
    I love visiting ny it is such a special place!

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  3. Sounds like you had a great time. Must have been so nice to catch up xxx

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  4. Love the colours of your cowl, it looks so light and flyaway!
    Your daughter looks so much like you and seems to have inherited your amazing hair (lucky girl).
    Glad you had a good time, looking forward to seeing more pics.

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  5. Hello Lori,

    Forgive me for becoming a little emotional here but: FRANCES! Dear sweet, lovely Frances who leaves such thoughtful comments on our blogs. It's great to see her here looking pretty stunning too :-)

    Speaking of stunning, Lori you look fabulous too. I love the way you just find colour in your surroundings to harmonize your knits. That makes me happy! Whilst admiring your cowl I was thinking to myself how great it was to see you wearing it in N.Y. City but how did you keep your knitter's hands happy for the rest of the trip?

    It's great to see you Lori looking radiant as ever.

    Stephanie

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    1. dear stephanie, frances is even more lovely in person, the photos can not show how sweet she is, her delightful voice and personality. i hope you will have a chance to meet her someday. i felt really lucky!

      i tried to make the cowl last, but the weather was COLD and it knit too quickly. i was without a project for 2 days, but with the kids there wasn't much time for knitting. that is what i told myself anyway ;)

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  6. Beautiful cowl and beautiful family... all means a beautiful time must have been had!xxx

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  7. the cowl is really beautiful Lori!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  8. Such a beautiful cowl and it looks so lovely on you.Love the look of that yarn it looks so soft and warm

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  9. that cowl is absolutely lovely!!!! family trips are the best, aren't they????!

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  10. Gorgeous cowl!! And look at you meeting virtual friends in real life. You have a lovely family and I adore the table cloth that the cowl is laying on, is it vintage? Or did you make that?

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    1. both tablecloths are vintage, i have a weakness for collecting them. in the middle of photographing the cowl i took off the wintery one and replaced it with a spring like one! there are two in the photos :)

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  11. Such beauty in its simplicity. Sounds like a perfect travel knit and a perfect visit.

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  12. Such a beautiful cowl, and such wonderful colors. It looks incredibly soft and cozy!

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  13. What a great travel project and your colour choices are lovely!

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  14. Love the ombre cowl- such pretty spring colors and soft texture. Makes me want to knit! You look beautiful Lori. So nice to see your images...lovely family you have. Thank you so much for your wise words on my blog mama- it is really nice to have someone like you that is a few step ahead of me- that has perspective and has a big family too. I hope you are having a wonderful day.
    xo

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  15. Your daughter looks just like you! :) The cowl is lovely. I like taking simple projects long wherever I go. I made so many things for the little girls we were with in Sri Lanka but forgot to take pictures of them all. How lovely that you got away to NYC to visit your daughter and to meet up with a blog friend. That's always fun.

    As for the cookies, I have a gas oven and never know what I am baking anything at. I imagine 350 would be good for maybe 12-15 minutes. Depends on your oven. I can usually smell when things are done. Just bake them until they are set and golden on the bottom. Really are very tasty and healthy. I finished up the last 3 today and plan to make more, trying different additions.

    Have a great day. Tammy

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  16. Such a beautiful cowl, now I'm itching to get my fingers on more kidsilk haze!

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  17. Lori, it's grand to see this post and be reminded of what a joy it was to actually meet you and your family!

    I also want to compliment you on that lovely colorful cloud of a cowl. I've always loved that particular Rowan yarn, usually combining it, as a double strand, with something tweedy for extra strength. Now I see how pretty it can be on its own. How did those street painters know which yarn colors you'd chosen? Kismet?

    xo

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    1. frances, hee hee, yes, because you see the yarn colors chose me, it was all my lys had. so funny to match brooklyn! i forgot to tell you i've been to knitty city! my daughter went to school on 71st street. thank you for being such a gracious hostess at your work, it was so lovely to meet!

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  18. Your N.Y. trip sounds wonderful ! Love the cowl (beautiful colours) you made! Perfect for travelling.
    And meeting up with a blog friend - so nice. What a beautiful family you have ♥

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  19. Dear Lori...It is so lovely to see a picture of you and your beloveds. My goodness, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree...you both are such beauties! I look forward to more NYC photos...it is always fun to get out from your own neighbourhood and step into a whole different reality. And that cowl, Lori! Mmmmm, so dreamy soft looking ~ heavenly!
    xo Jules

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  20. you and your family are so cute! i love how chic you look in your practical travel wear in the fancy ny shop where frances works. you have such great style! i love the ombre. i have to catch up here - or hopefully in person soon!

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  21. What a perfect travel project. And you even match the graffiti! I'm glad you had a good time. I heart NY. :)

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  22. What a perfect project and so pretty, definitely going into my queue! I would be something that I would wear!

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  23. Lori,

    This cowl is pretty, but you are gorgeous! I am going to add this to my queue - I like the bold look for such a simple pattern! Glad to hear you had fun in NYC.

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  24. What a perfect knit for traveling. Bonus whenever you wear it, it will remind you of NYC. :)

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  25. What a great little project, it is beautiful!

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  26. Oh what a beautiful cowl. It is cold over here isn't it... sigh. I'm glad you had a fun trip to NY.

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  27. Ooh, now that's a cowl I really like.

    And how lovely that as well as spending time with your beautiful family you met Frances. You and she are both on my list of blogging friends who I'd be so happy to meet up with :)

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  28. NYC, knitting, family, and meeting blogging friends! How great! I really love the cowl!

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  29. How perfect for the Northeast! My daughter informed me that she has lost, yet another scarf I made her and this pattern would certainly be a nice surprise. I love the colors and your happy face with your family, XOXO

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  30. your cowl is lovely and looks gorgeous on you!

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  31. I love the colors of your cowl! They are stacked perfectly together and it looks so soft and squishy!

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  32. As happy as I am to see you and your colors and cowl and crew and frances, I cannot contain myself waiting to see how you and your camera saw the snow. In the city.

    And was I there? No? I can't think of a reason not to be there.

    And what about wee olive? Was she there? Did she eat breakfast?

    And Bryant park? Central Park? And fab places in brooklyn i don't know about? how many restaurants?

    And chuck and the kids.

    I was there, actually. Sort of.

    Love
    kj

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  33. your cowl looks so lovely and snuggly Lori! GOrgeous!

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  34. Such happy pictures. Must have been so wonderful to see your family gain. NY was cold......but you are having Spring in CA already. Love the collar you knitted, such great colors and it looks so soft and cozy. We had snow here again this morning! It looks beautiful but everyone is so ready for spring here.....
    How cool to have met a blogging friend as well!
    It must have been a perfect trip!
    ♥M

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  35. The cowl is beautiful! Your daughter looks o much like you!

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  36. Lori, Beautiful cowl (Love those colors), beautiful you, beautiful family, I forgot your son lived in NY too. How wonderful you got to visit a bloggy friend too. Can't wait to see more photos. xoxo

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  37. My dearest Lori, I thought of you often and am so happy to see such wonderful photos of you with your loved ones. I know you and Chuck soaked in lots of love from your babies and had the most special time.
    Love seeing the cowl you knit, it looks baby soft. Did you make it to any of the yarn shops in NY ;)

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  38. Loving the last photo.
    Gorgeous kiddos!

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  39. Beautiful cowl and beautiful family. I love the colors you chose for the cowl.

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  40. Such a gorgeous, soft and pretty cowl, Lori! I love Rowan Kidsilk, and your colours are so pretty...it is making me want to order some yarn and begin knitting one right away! How nice that you met up with Frances in NY too, that is so sweet, and it's great to see the pictures of the two of you together, as well as with your lovely family.
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Helen x

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  41. such lovely people
    and your knitting is lovely too ~

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  42. That cowl looks beautiful Lori! Such pretty colours! It suits you too. You look beautiful on the photographs.

    Your meeting with Francis sounds like fun. I enjoyed seeing the two of you on the photographs. I will be meeting Koralee from Bluebird notes soon. I am so excited :-)

    Enjoy the rest of your stay in NY with your family!

    Madelief x

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  43. Oh Lori, this is so pretty and perfectly you. So now #1 on my to-do list tomorrow is heading over to my LYS for 3 balls of kidsilk haze... I wonder what colours I will end up with?

    Glad you had a chance to visit with your beautiful family and Frances too.

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  44. Lori, your knitting project is wonderful, it looks so soft and warm! How lovely to have visited with your family.
    Love
    Linda
    xo

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  45. Lori,
    I love the way your cowl turned out. It looks so soft and the color combination is so lovely.
    Glad you got to spend time with family.

    Love,
    Taryn

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  46. Hmmm...blogger seems to be eating all my comments - I'm suspicious of that program! anyway - you look great and warm/cold. Isn't brooklyn cool? I made that same cowl for my niece this year, I did a beige and white mix, it was lovely and warm.

    I hope blogger doens't eat this comment, if it does, I'll know it is evil

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  47. Gorgeous cowl! Looks super warm. :) I love seeing NYC through your pictures - and you have a beautiful family - looks like you guys had a wonderful time!

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  48. Wow--that looks so gorgeous and warm. I needed something like that this morning! After 80 degrees yesterday, we were back to 35 today--boo!

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  49. What a lovely cowl in beautiful colours! Travelknitting is so nice!

    All the best, from Maja

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  50. what a great foto of your beautiful family! didn't realize you have two kids now in the big apple - how nice for them to have each other nearby ~ xo

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  51. What a lovely time you had. And how fun to meet another blogging friend. Your ombré cowl is lovely. I think simplicity is best for such a yarn. Andi of My Sister's Knitter mentioned this cowl In her today's post.

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  52. Ahhhhh the crack silk haze!!!! it's something I deeply covet, and this is absolutely LOVELY. I got directed here by Andi from My Sister's Knitter, and it definitely did not disappoint. This is so gorgeous and I want one yesterday :P

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xoxo lori