It is rainy day here, but no worries, wool is very absorbent and yet warm!
I AM SO GLAD TO BE BACK!!
I have read your comments over many times and I love every single one. I have missed you all too; this is the reason why I have felt like I was not living all aspects of my life, there was something missing. Writing the blog connects me to myself as much as it connects me to you. When I started this more than ten years ago, I could not have believed how much this would mean to my life.
Sometimes it is scary, in a way that you can read so much between the lines. Even though there are things that I don’t write about, I am sure they are there, somewhere, hidden in between for you to hear. It is humbling in a good way, we are all in the end bare, naked human beings with errors and mishaps, with sad and sorrow, but then, of course with joy and happy and triumphant moments too.
I am trying out Instagram a bit. Last week I updated it a few times and have continued doing it this week as well. I upload this and that, random pictures of my crafting mostly, I try not to overthink and thus hope it helps me remember what I have been up to and that it would make it easier for me to write as well. But it is an experiment, this is my calling 😉
Few thoughts about double knitting. It is not as scary as it might sound. I hope one of these days, I will have someone available to video my method of double knitting. I love it for mittens. I have yet to try it for hats and scarves and for a jacket. I know there are brave ones out there who are doing double knitting lace! I am not sure if I ever get that far though, it sounds challenging. I have watched Sockmatician’s tutorials on Youtube and also, a Craftsy class by Alasdair Post-Quinn of Double-Knitting.
I feel like I have so much to talk about, but one thing at a time, we have a long winter (or summer down there) ahead of us to catch up, so today I will share a few pictures and thoughts about the Wedding Quilt.
I have not felt very creative during the past couple of years. It is true I made the little kittens and I love them, and wanted to get into making knitted toys more; made one sheep, but I just did not feel right or the usual thrive was missing. In a way I feel that I should make more toys and crochet pictures…
I read from somewhere (I did not check this information, so if I got that wrong, excuse me, I am pulling this out of my memory) that our most famous composer Jean Sibelius lost his ability to compose in his late years and if it could happen to him, a hundred times more to me then. I cannot believe I am writing this here, he was a great man, and I am not comparing me to him, but somehow this little tidbit about him made me very worried. Then again, I read from Carla Sonheim’s blog
(who is an amazing, inspiring artist) that she has these times when she dabbles here and there, and she has learnt to trust that one day, she will find her way again and settle into something new and interesting. I was hoping that I would belong to Carla’s group.
I told my husband that I was going to make a Wedding quilt, but I was not making my own design and showed to him what I was going to make. He looked at my thoughts and my beginnings of the quilt and said that it is all good and wonderful but WHY ARE YOU NOT MAKING YOUR OWN?
He was not yelling, but the astonishment in his voice read as if he was truly speaking capital letters. I made few excuses and told him I did not feel very creative and was worried of making an ugly quilt.
I realized I needed to make a turn and do something else. I took a basic, simple block and a very basic layout and decided to make special applique blocks in between of Sonja’s life so far.
Here are few samples… All the blocks in the quilt mean something, they all represent different persons and moments in her life. There are no filler blocks, all are meaningful.
Of course, there is the Lovebird with the couple’s initials. And the anchor, as her father is a seaman. And the crab, she knows its meaning, but she has a crab tattoo.
In all the hustle and bustle around the wedding, I did not take a better picture of the quilt. It did not feel important when it was so very busy, and I was just happy and relieved, I got it done in time. But there you have it, the story of the quilt.
I am preparing today to go to a quilting retreat this weekend. The retreat is all about bags; I need to get packing and putting the house in order. Hope you have a good weekend,
Wool with you,
This last picture is of me. My DH and I got to go for a test drive with our friends’ electric bikes… driving was so fun, I could not believe how fun it was going uphill, it was way more fun than going downhill. I was a quick convert, forget the hard cycling, we need these bikes.