I have a new blanket ready for a fall show in November! These sweaters sat stacked together for months, awaiting some time on my calendar to put them together. This is “Night Garden.”
While I was sewing it, when our temps were a bit warmer, it evoked for me the feeling I have when my hubby and I sit out on our little street-facing balcony on a quiet evening, enjoy a glass of wine together and watch our neighbors walk with their spouses, their dogs, their babies.
Now that the weather is cooler, though, I just see “fall” all over this blanket. Funny how my feelings change through the seasons. We use our wool blankets all year long.
I was lucky enough to have my daughter and two of her wonderful college roommates agree to model, and even luckier that the rain stopped long enough for some photos. That their T-shirts serendipitously complemented the colors in the blanket — that was a bonus :)
Patty, you hit it right on the head. And the rest of you, I freely admit these happy flowers could look like a whole variety of things that are orange :). Thank you, all, for throwing in your ideas (both here and on Facebook) — it was fun to see! Keep reading to see where the idea for this blanket came from…
Where I live, it’s about time to start some seeds indoors.
Now, I’ve started lots of seed by direct sowing (and I’ve got my dependable favorites), but only a handful of times have I gone to all the effort of starting seeds indoors to be ready for planting out in May. The first time was when we moved to Michigan from California; I was an eager new gardener. And I was well-rewarded because, with beginner’s luck, I had chosen…marigolds! Not the dinky annuals you get at your big-box nursery, but luscious 3′ tall plants, full of gorgeous, golden pom-pons of yellow and orange. They earned a very warm place in my heart for treating me so well.
This large throw is just right for napping under while dreaming of the summer garden. It’s also great for cuddling under to watch Oscar-winning movies as they come out on DVD. And it’ll wear right into summer as a picnic blanket. (Popcorn grease or sub-sandwich mayo will wash out in the gentle cycle of your washing machine. Felted wool is pretty hearty!)