Mary Oliver

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do

with your one wild and precious life?"

Monday, February 28, 2011


But first, some hearts. I don't think I've posted a photo of the Valentine's gift, my oldest daughter, Mere sent me; it's a gorgeous heart lace cowl. I've worn it quite a bit since I got it, as it's so light and pretty, with lovely shell buttons. It's funny, even though we both knit, we never knit the same types of things. She loves knitting vintage patterns with fine gauge yarn and tiny needles and rarely uses worsted weight, while worsted weight with number seven needles is my favorite choice and the laceweight stuff makes me fidgety! Thanks again, Mere!

Now for the quilts. My mom and I went to a quilt show in Hampton yesterday and it was overwhelming. I love quilts, but other than the doll quilt I made when I was eleven or twelve, I've never made any. Even when I did a lot of sewing, I never got up the nerve to tackle quilting. It just seems so daunting to me. But I love looking at them, and it turns out, so does my mom. We had a lovely "girls" day out together. I wish I had taken more photos, but here are the ones I did manage to get.
This is Santas Around the World.

This one was amazing, so detailed, like a painting. The card said the quilter modeled it from a jigsaw puzzle.

This one seemed very Colonial looking to me.

My mom liked this one a lot.

And another Christmas one, this one on a black background, which seemed unusual but was quite striking.

Again, I wish I had taken more photos, but I'll have to wait until next year I guess.

I'm in the middle of an Elizabeth Gaskell marathon right now. I watched North and South last week, Wives and Daughters over the weekend, and now I'm on the Cranford series. I even skipped most of the Oscars to watch episode one of the Cranfords! It's odd, but when Cranford first aired on Masterpiece, I didn't love it, and now, I'm totally addicted. At least I'm making fantastic progress on the baby blanket while I watch. At this rate, I'll probably finish it by tomorrow night. Hope you had a lovely Monday!


  1. You know I am envious that you have a knitter in your family. What a lovely present!

    Quilts are amazing. I could easily be caught up in quilting, so I must repeat my mantra: No new crafts!

  2. What a nice valentines gift. It just looks sooo light and soft!