Thursday, January 21, 2016

City Views, Country Dreams

Hello from New York on a chilly Thursday morning.

Snow has been forecast for the Atlantic coast of our country.  It's due to reach New York Saturday and may, or may not, accumulate to a measurable depth.

Lots of bread and milk will be sold between now and Saturday.  I might, or might not, buy a new pair of snow boots.



I'm pleased to report that I have finished my grey and white fair isle hat, using that vintage yarn I recently discovered on the top shelf of a closet.  Since the hat has a double stranding of yarns throughout, it's been keeping my head warm during our recent below freezing days.


It's fun making a pompom for a finishing touch.  A few years ago I bought some clever little folding plastic gizmos from Clover, that greatly simplify the pompom process.


Because quite a few different grey yarns were used here, I still have enough of the particular colors left to perhaps begin a scarf, but I already have a large and cosy old grey cashmere scarf ready to see me through this weekend.

I'm scheduled to work on Saturday...The Snow Day, and will be writing an update to this post about whether I do buy new boots and whether we receive a foot of snow.

Thank you all for your visits and comments on my prior post.  It's also grand to see some new folks visiting in this still new year.

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  1. Me encanta el toque que le da el pompón al gorro :D
    ¡Abrazos cálidos para ti, Frances!

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    1. Gracias, marga, for your kind comment.

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  2. Let us see how you cope in NYC when a deep snow comes. I hope it doesn't, especially since you have to work. I would imagine that the city shuts down, but that will leave you time to create some more gorgeous knitted pieces. I taught myself to knit, but it has been so long, I've forgotten how now. I never was an accomplished knitter like you.

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    1. Donna, the city really doesn't shut down unless there is a very deep snowfall. This Saturday's version is predicted to be 6-8 inches, which is not so deep. However, all could change between now and Saturday.

      I do find knitting relaxing, and like playing around with color. xo

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  3. Goodness the storm that is coming your way looks big and cold. Only a inch and half of snow shut down Washington. Just in case I hope you are stocked up on some food and water.
    Your hat is wonderful.

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. One of my brothers lives in the Washington, DC area, and he expects that his work place might not be open tomorrow.
      It's too soon to know what sort of storm will actually reach NYC.
      Thank you for your compliment on the new hat. xo

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  4. What a beautiful hat Frances - and how clever of you to knit it. Go on, buy yourself some new boots - if you get a foot of snow it will cheer you up.

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    1. I'm glad that you like my new hat. It was fun to knit, and I'm still just a bit amazed that I'd forgotten about that yarn for over 20 years.
      I did visit a neighborhood shoe shop this afternoon on my way to get a much needed haircut. I saw some boots that were okay, but want to wait for tomorrow's forecast update on the snow depth prediction before I get out my charge card. (Getting my bob sorted out by my stylist has definitely made me smile!) xo

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  5. The hat is wonderful and looks so soft and warm! And suits you, too, Frances!:)
    Well, well, there's news on the way... So I'm expecting to learn everything about the snow, the boots and New York in white!:)

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, Rossichka.
      I did a bit of boot research this afternoon, and might buy a new pair tomorrow. There are a few more shoe shops in my neighborhood that I want to visit before making a decision. xo

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  6. Hope you don't get the snow.If you have snow we usually get it ten days later!

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    1. I think by this time tomorrow, we in NYC will have a much better idea of what might begin covering our city on Saturday morning. Fingers crossed for a light accumulation. xo

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  7. Such a lovely hat Frances, very chic with the muted greys. I think new boots will be essential if you have bad weather!

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. The harmony of the greys did work out well. Promise an update on the boot situation tomorrow. xo

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  8. A very nice hat Frances. I do like greys.
    Not much snow to speak of here....barely an inch and it was gone the next day.
    I say yes to the boots....but then I am a big lover of boots.
    Hugs from The UK-x-

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    1. I appreciate your compliment, Sheila. It was fun to mix the grey yarns up in varying combinations.
      There is a chance that our snow storm won't amount to much...too soon to say. I'll make a boot decision tomorrow. Happy to report getting a great haircut this afternoon...it was a bit overdue.
      Best wishes. xo

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  9. Those boots were made for walkin and that's just what they'll do...... sorry, I digress. Buy the boots we say! I love the hat, great Pom Pom too. Stay warm.x

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    1. Val, this morning's forecast for tomorrow's snow is 7-12 inches. I will resume my boot search, looking for a pair that are at least 7 inches tall.
      Thank you for your kind hat and pom pom praise. xo

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  10. I could have used your lovely hat during a chilly walk in Greenwich Park. There was a cold and clammy mist coming up from the Thames. No snow in sight here. Visiting son has bought some stout shoes for his New York trip but I think he will need a warmer coat. I shall be watching this space.

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    1. Lucille, I bet that a warm hat like mine would have kept you warmer on that walk. Greenwich Park is such a lovely place for walks.
      As forecasts stand now, NYC will mist most of the blizzard, but will still get a good helping of snow and very strong winds.
      Please do let you son know that NYC stays pretty cold well into March, and it's the wind coming around the corners of the skyscrapers that can take your breath away. xo

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    2. I will! I'm glad you got some boots. The hype about your once in 100 years snowstorm has reached us this morning as temperatures are set to rise back up to the high 50s again!

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  11. What a pretty pattern, Frances. You will need it, by the sound of the weather news. Up here it's all rain....all the time!

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    1. Thank you, Pondside. I did a bit of a different thing with the spiraling decrease rows at the crown, working out a grid chart "ahead" of time to plot my color changes.
      My brother has talked about all that Vancouver rain, which he still remembers all these years after his time there.
      xo

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  12. Yes, the pompom makers are lots of fun!
    Hat is lovely.
    A blizzard might make for exciting photos!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth! Yes, I am hoping to enjoy some of the picturesque snowscape possibilities before I slide off to work around midday tomorrow. xo

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  13. I think you have the same weather as we haven this time of year. Cold and some snow and rain so be careful if you go out. Your hat is great, you'll have warm ears:) Enjoy the winter! X

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    1. Yes, Jolanda, I think our weather has been very similar to yours. Keeping one's ears warm is very important! xo

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  14. Love your hat! Hope the snow isn't too bad!
    Liz

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    1. Oh thank you very much, Liz, for your kind comment. Still too soon to know exactly what this blizzard will bring us as it makes its way up from the southern Atlantic coast states.
      xo

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  15. Dear Frances, I love your new hat...shows off your superior knitting skills. Be safe, a lot of snow is coming your way.

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    1. It's so much fun to make these hats, Gina. I enjoy playing around with a basic idea...there are countless possible variations.
      We are now on official snow alert. The media hype is extraordinary. xo

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  16. You, Frances, are darling in that hat! I guess you will be needed it this week, as well. I do wish I had learned to knit, but it seems very mathematical, trying to figure out patterns and such... and numbers are not my strong suit. You have mastered the skill, and added your own artistic flair. I always enjoy seeing your latest creation.

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    1. Thank you, Jeri. It was a bit tricky to take a photo to show how the hat actually fits. I'd encourage anyone who sees this reply to also have a click over to your site to see your beautiful drawings of some other bonnets.

      I think you are right about math and knitting. I always loved mathematics and calculating and analyzing. Perhaps that does mesh well with knitting, well beyond figuring out how many stitches/inch. I've heard that mathematics also helps with being a musician, and that's a talent I've yet to discover. xo

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  17. Good luck with the upcoming blizzard. I have to confess to being jealous. It won't make it to Boston this time and we haven't had a proper snow yet. Enjoy!

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    1. I appreciate your blizzard wishes, Shawn. Until the snow actually reached us sometime after midnight, it's not completely "clear" where its path will lead.

      I did buy some cosy, waterproof boots this afternoon, and will have a photo tomorrow. Hoping that the height of my new boots exceeds the depth of tomorrow's snowfall!

      xo

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  18. Hello Frances, I first read this blogpost while in the car (I wasn't the driver!) on the way to deliver my prints to a gallery. After which we saw an exhibition I know you would have enjoyed very much ... I'll blog about it later.
    I've now updated myself with the replies to comments and know you have those warm and waterproof boots, stay safe in the snow xx

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    1. I'm looking forward to hearing more about that exhibit, Celia.
      Not really looking forward to going to work today...as of now the store will stay open even though we're in a blizzard...strong wind, and up to two feet of snow now predicted. Ahhhh. xo

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  19. Stay warm Frances. Your new hat is fabulous.

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    1. Thanks, Gina. I'm planning to do an update blog this morning. xo

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  20. Stay safe, cosy and warm dear Frances. Will be thinking of you this snowy weekend.
    Thank you very much for your kind comment recently x
    Helen xox

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    1. Dear Helen, thanks so much for your visit and comment. It's definitely blizzard time in NYC this morning, with the peak of the storm still some hours away. Still hoping that my workplace will be able to close, but so far we are due to be open. xo

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