Jennifer at Thistlebear is hostessing a Winter Project Link Party and I am daring to see if I can succeed in participating!
This Blanket's Story
Over three years ago I purchased this blanket in kit form from Morehouse Farm in Milan, NY. About seventeen years ago I lived on the west bank of the Hudson River, nearly 100 miles north of N.Y. City. During those fifteen years there, while I experimented with various needlecraft projects, I had no idea that Margrit Lohrer and Albrecht Pichler were creating the wonderful Morehouse Farm just a few miles south of me on the opposite side of the river. Sigh...
So far I have only visited Morehouse Farm through my computer and Margrit's beautiful book, MOREHOUSE FARM Merino Knits. Even while I was visiting in NY last Fall I was unable to visit the farm.
Recently I got an email announcing that Margrit and Albrecht are selling the business because of Margrit's ill health. I pray for her healing, and I thank both Margrit and Albrecht for investing their lives in the wonderful process of making incredibly soft merino wool yarn, along with developing clever patterns and kits for folks like me.
One quote from Margrit's book that really resonates with me is, "My approach to knitting is pretty simple: I want to knit, knit, and knit some more. My favorite projects are yards of scarves and acres of blankets. Stop and go projects bother me--stop and check, stop and read, stop and count--they don't give me time to think. Knitting is the time when I digest the day's events, my life's and the world's."
While I am not a daily knitter, Margrit's words describe what my mind likes to do as I knit or crochet. I like to think about other things than stitching. I like to listen to stories or think about stories about my life and the lives of others in the world.
In other posts I have despaired about my lack of progress on completing this blanket, but typing about it in this post has renewed my original pleasure in the color and style of it. I am enjoying practicing continental knitting making it, and I am making progress, even if slowly.
Thanks for inviting me to the Winter Project Link Party. I am enjoying attending, Jennifer, and am encouraged by your progress on your blanket. I hope others join our celebration!