It was the best of times. . .
(vintage orange leather jacket found at our church rummage sale nine years ago for three, yes, THREE dollars)
. . .it was the worst of times. . .
The scarf I knitted to make a pretty barrier between my skin and the jacket was missing at the end of market shopping one day.
For months I wore a ho-hum substitute, but then I got a brilliant idea:
It's just cotton from my stash, with no lining, and topstitched around the edge after I turned it. The weight is just right and the colors make me so happy.
And the very week after I made it, my little girl said as we strolled into market, "MOM!! THere's your scarf!!" There it was, on a shelf above a flower stand. It was overlooked for weeks by the market staff and me, but spotted by my sharp-as-a-tack daughter.
(knitted from pink cotton yarn and a crazy yarn that looked like string with tabs of pink and orange shoelaces every few inches; I knitted that scarf maybe 5 years ago)
And because I adore this quote and want to give it full justice, not just a playful poke:
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way." Charles Dickes - the opening lines of A Tale of Two Cities
Where would we be without English majors? And color geniuses, for that matter.
Orange is my second favorite color (after blue)! What a fun jacket and a neat story about the lost and found scarf + the new scarf you made. And, it IS always good to have a meaty classic quote.
What a cute idea for a 'summer weight' scarf in the guise of a 'winter style' scarf. Very clever indeed. I adore scarves, of course I wear the tradition squares or rectangle silk/old lady scarf-being 1956 for me. I love wearing my head scarf in the summer with my glasses a la' movie star or even on a windy day to keep my hair in place. I always laugh when I will see another person doing this and they are almost always 80 or so.
50sgal, I admire your style. I'm not sure I have enough nerve yet to wear a scarf a la Jackie-O, but I do love that look!
What a stunning jacket. I'm timid when it comes to clothes, but oh, how I long to break free!
Okay, the jacket pretty, nearly, perfectly awesome... and both the scarves are keepers!
That's my all time favorite book!
Jennifer Jo, I felt like a walking neon sign for a little while when I first started wearing the jacket! But not any more. And anyway, your profile picture has those awesome blue flats, so truly, are you timid?
I'm so impressed with both scarves . . .AND your vintage leather jacket find! Great work. My husband was just showing me a similar (not on sale) jacket he thought would look cute on me . . .I think he doesn't like my spring jacket ;).
But leather jackets cost so much! Vintage coats are a great way to go.
I love that quote too, the whole book in fact. I first read it as an 18yr old, cried buckets at the nobility and death of Sidney . What a sweet story of a lost scarf
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