"I started photographing my domestic world and writing not just about what I had made,
but why I made it, examining the thoughts that accompany creativity and the act of making."
Jane Brocket from The Gentle Art of Domesticity p. 189 UK edition

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

wip wednesday 2.13.2013

Sosae Caetano invited others to join her in posting about works in progress on Wednesday.  I do get excited seeing what others are creating and it encourages me to complete my long list of projects, so I decided to try to join in.  On the right sidebar I have links to others who are participating as well and I hope you will visit them.

The first picture in this post is of the moreno blanket I am knitting.  I have posted about it before, but it has grown since the last time I showed it to you...honest  =)  It is just simple straight knit knit knitting.  Most recently I watched Downton Abbey, and the State of the Union Address while knitting it.  I bought it as a kit from Morehouse Farm which is across the Hudson River and a bit south of where I lived for 15 years in Saugerties, NY.  I think that this February would be the perfect time to finish it and decide whether I am going to keep it for myself or gift it to someone.  For the photo I positioned it below the beautiful cotton blanket Shari crocheted and I won from her blog, Lauren's Closet.  She sent it to me around Christmas time along with a beautiful ceramic angel wishing Joy to the World.  I treasure Shari's generous gifts and she inspires me to want to complete more and more yarn projects.

Since tomorrow is a special time for some to give hearts and flowers, and our Oregon weather is a bit gray and misty, I thought I would share my first outdoor blooms of the new year with you, rosy red camellias!  I love that the bush is so close to my front window it benefits from the warmth of the house and rewards us with lovely blossoms in the middle of winter.

So Happy Valentine's Day, Family and Friends!!!
I am grateful for your part in my life.
Love with Hugs from,


  1. Happy Valentine's Day, Gracie. The flower photos are lovely.


  2. Happy Valentine's Day to you too Gracie! I love your knitted blanket!!
    xo Kris

  3. Happy Valentine's Day, Gracie! Oh, I so love that blanket and so very happy to see it hung over your chair....That blanket was made with lots of love for the sweetest lady I know!
    Glad to see you are enjoying it! LOVE your new blooms....my favorite flower!
    xoxo, Shari!

  4. Camellia blossoms and handmade blankets---all beautiful!

  5. I love Camellias and need one for our farm. I can't believe we don't have even one here. I tried to buy one last year but I had my heart set on a pale pink one and could't find it at Drakes 7 Dees.. I need to find one.
    *H*A*P*P*Y* *V*A*L*E*N*T*I*N*E*S* *D*A*Y*
    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  6. Hello Gracie. Beautiful photos. We have two types of Camellias in our garden. Yesterday we had snow, today sunshine, the snow has gone and it's warmer. I have many WIP. I am trying hard to finish things. However for Lent I am trying to knit a small garment/washcloth etc for babies in Africa. Last night I managed a bootee. Will try and do the second tonight. Happy Valentine's Day. Anne x

  7. Happy Valentine's, Gracie - love your knitted blankie. Don't you just love Downton Abbey? I cried at the end of the 2012 Christmas special, but I can't wait for Series 4!
    Have a happy day,

  8. Hi Gracie! Happy, Happy Valentine's Day to you my friend! What a pretty blanket from Shari. The colors are so pretty, as is your knitted blanket. Your home is so very cozy and welcoming. Thank you for letting me be part of your life.

  9. Happy valentines day :) I love the project progress pictures and lucky you, that crochet blanket is beautiful. Nicky xx

  10. Oh, I love Camellias! None here this spring though. Yours are beautiful Gracie :)

  11. Happy Valentine's day, Gracie! I love your camellias, such a gorgeous colour! We have a bush of white ones in our garden (not yet flowering though). Love your work in progress pictures.
    Wishing you a happy crafty week.
    Helen x

  12. Thanks for sharing the flowers..they will not appear here In Chicago for MONTHS yet.....

    love the crochet blanket in soft creme hues

  13. Oh your photos of the camellias gave me a funny feeling in my heart! I think it's called homesickness... And we have camellias in Scotland - maybe I should get one.

  14. Your flowers look great! I wish spring would hurry up and get here in my part of the world! I think the sign over your door looks great - really welcoming - not only that, but the door is beautiful in its own right.
    The crochet blanket is wonderful - I really must learn how to crochet.
    Have a wonderful week x x

  15. Hi Gracie ,
    I have an award for you my dear friend. Go check it out when u have some time :)?


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