I knit some booties for a friend (the same friend who got the embroidered onesie). Technically I knit her just one bootie, because the first was finished years ago (2006?), but was languishing in storage. Lately I’m trying to clear out hoarded craft supplies and turn them into things that will serve some purpose in the world. It feels really good. I also finished a hat to go in this package. And then I wrapped everything up (along with Hanna Anderson PJs and cashmere baby socks) with old USGS quad maps that my mom salvaged for me. Coincidentally the one I used for these gifts actually depicted an area in WA near where they have a family vacation house. My friend liked that.
I defended my Ph.D. thesis on October 29th 2004. The next day I woke up unbelievably liberated. I went for a run around Greenlake and on my way home I stopped at an estate sale where I admired a hand-stitched patchwork quilt top with vintage fabric. It had no back and was coming apart in a couple places. The woman running the sale said I could have it for free, so I took it home, delighted. I mended it and splurged on nice fabric for the back, and then I hand-tied it and hand-stitched on the binding. For a few years it was on the guest bed and then in the nursery. Now it’s on Henry’s bed where I think it looks cheerful, although some might argue that, strictly speaking, it’s a little girly for an almost four year old. Don’t worry- I have a new quilt underway for him.
But this patchwork quilt I will always love for being handmade, for having history, for being a gift to me on a happy, carefree day. For bringing love to our guests and to our baby. For cuddling us while we read bedtime stories. When it wears through in places I patch it up. The new squares blend in with the old and even add dimension.
My crafting genius friend sent me this great book several months back. I finally bought myself a set of threads, a hoop, some little scissors. Also some clearance organic onesies from Hanna Anderson. Here’s my first attempt at embroidery (for the daughter of a good friend due in June). It went ridiculously fast and was overall very gratifying.