The best hashtag to use when you find that old picture of you just slaying somewhere cool and splatter it across all media platforms to make your friends "like SO jealous."
Like this one.
Over Thanksgiving break this year, I ditched my family and took a plane to London to visit my bestie who was living there at the time. We ended up getting tickets to see the Harry Potter play (so many emotions), drank a lot of wine, and really got a kick out of the meal "bangers and mash." But for the two days she had to do real work, I took a train to Paris.
I got to King's Cross Station super early and geeked out about that for a little bit. Once on the train in my window seat, I watched the off-white houses in the French countryside spin past. When I stepped off that train, I wound this scarf around my neck three times and set off on a brisk walk up the hill to see the Sacré Cœur and the most pristine view of Paris. I then took the metro to the Eiffel Tower, unwrapping my scarf in the sticky train and wrapping it around my neck again when I emerged from underground.
At the moment I snapped this "celfié," it really hit me that I was in Paris.
After this, I ordered lunch and totally embarrassed myself by trying out my high school French. I walked down the Champs Élysées where I stopped in for a glass of wine to rest my feet and listen to one guy at the end of the bar say "futball" passionately. I ended this day wandering around a Christmas Market where I bought soaps for my Mom and a treetop star for my honey. It was supér.
This cowl is knit up in madelinetosh's ASAP 100% merino wool using size US 11 needles. This bulky yarn was really divine--the kind of softness and cloud-like material that you'd usually expect with alpaca, but in non-itchy wool. And like all madelinetosh's wools, the dye is TO DIE for. It looked irredescent the way it caught the light and photographed. I loved that the simplicity of this stitch could showcase the yarn's dimension and really let the color sing. Only draw back is that because it's single ply, I am noticing that it is showing some signs of wear after about a year, just some fuzzies that's expected with a 100% merino wool that's not superwash.
It was a really meditative (free!) pattern: just seed stitch round and round and round and round. Perfect for a beginner who's just learned how to purl and wants to try their hand(s) at something larger. Will make again for a gift, me thinks.