Aye aye. Brace yourselves for a multitude of nautical-themed puns and post titles as I embark on a ship quilt. This is a commission and it must have a sea theme.
I wanted to keep a feel of adventure and excitement, so the sea takes up the bulk of the quilt, and is all rolling waves. No pirates, however, as they are too ubiquitous, featuring on every ‘little boy’ item from socks to window blinds. In my eagerness to use Oakshott cottons, I ended up ordering rather a lot of blue fabric from them, and so this quilt will be constructed entirely from plain colours.
The thing about the Oakshotts though is that there is such depth to the colours, I hope the lack of pattern and teeny tiny florals (my weakness) won’t be missed. I had measured out and scaled up my drawing and was just about to snip the first wave when I remembered I hadn’t washed the fabrics… so dull. But so important. So they’re spinning at the moment while I muster up the energy to knit a few more rows…
Spring hasn’t sprung yet, but there was a definite warmth in the low sun today on our walk. The evenings are lengthening and one solitary clump of snowdrops has braved the wind, now being measured by one anemometer and two excited adults. Of course said anemometer is now ensuring barely a breeze wafts past our hoped-for wind turbine spot. One or two garden birds have also returned, and there is a feeling that it won’t be long. Of course, for some of us, there really is nothing wrong with seeking out a little extra winter.