7.25.2007

First Farewells

The many goodbyes that have to happen this week started off yesterday evening with a stop at Subdivision to pick up the last few pairs of sulu-design earrings that remained there. I plan to keep my designs at several shops in NYC after our move, but the pattern that I'd developed with Subdivision - popping in, showing tons of earring designs to the manager, leaving the selection that she chose, picking up a check - was too casual to carry off successfully all the way from the west coast. So I figured it was best to close things up there. A shame, really, as the shop seems to be coming into its own now, and Long Island City is bustling more than ever.


From there I strolled down to Communitea for one last session with my knitting group. I've met such a supportive and interesting bunch of people there, and I'll greatly miss the regularity of our meet-ups. They were the ones who taught me how to knit (even when I insisted I was a fake-o and would never learn), and have been a consistent source of encouragement and laughter in that area for a couple years now. And if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't have my blog or my etsy shop - they held my hand as I tiptoed into technology, for which I am immensely grateful. While I usually shy away from photos that show any parts of me at all (Lesley was sharp enough to note that a photo of my toes had crept it's way into a post recently), I'll make an exception to show off the awesome shrug that my friend, Dana, knit just for me, as a goodbye gift.

Beautiful, no? She even updated her blog (and that's no small feat, right, Dana?) when I told her that I'd link this post to hers. See what sweetness I'm leaving behind here? I'll miss you, friends. Knit on.

14 comments:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

This making me a little wheepy for you (I am dreadful with goodbyes) but then I think about what the future holds! More shops + more knitting friends.

Robyn said...

Oh man, that's got to be hard to say goodbye to a place you've been for like 13 years. I hope that you'll find many shops and many friends in Portland. And that shrug is beautiful! Do you happen to know the pattern?

Funky Finds said...

gorgeous shrug! i bet you are sad...moving is hard! hang in there.

Anonymous said...

oh saying goodbye is so hard + sad - especially because you've been in NYC for so long!

That shrug is gorgeous.
Perfect for portland weather :)

I'm sure you'll be staying in touch with everyone + busy making new friends in your new home :)

Anonymous said...

wow! that shrug is lovely! it is nice to see a bit of you, too.

savor those goodbyes. they will last you a long while.

Knit Freak said...

Yeah thats right you know you are special when you can get me to post on my blog ;)

Abby said...

Hi susan...
as you know I adore your blog... your photos are gorgeous.... and I am tagging you.... sorry :)
luv Abby

Chickenbells said...

Oh, isn't it hard to say good-bye to certain people and things? I have to say though, I know your next adventure is going to be wonderful and you will find amazing people and things in your new home!

Lesley Todd said...

What a gorgeous present from the heart. That's so sweet. I hope you manage to stay in touch with all your friends. It may be the end of one chapter but the next is just beginning and it sounds so exciting! And how cool to see a bit more of you! :-)

Erin said...

It must be hard to say goodbye. Sounds like you are leaving behind some pretty fantastic friends!

What a great shrug and a pretty cool shot of your shoulder! :o)

Amanda Jean said...

that shrug is beautiful!

saying good-bye stinks-I feel for you.

maritza said...

Holy cow! Dana knit for you?! And you got her to update her blog? I am beyond shocked. Stunned, even.
The shrug looks fantastic. She did a beautiful job!

Diana Coronado said...

Gorgeous!!

amisha said...

beautiful shrug... what a sweet gift!
i am leaving my sewing group as of sunday and it is going to be a hard goodbye. they showed me how to sew, quilt, thread a bobbin... sigh.
xo