This book makes my heart sing. Since I've hardly gotten beyond the pictures, maybe it would be more accurate to say the photography and styling of this book make my heart sing. Sustainability. Localism. Slow Movement. Mindful practice. Using what you have. And then, there are the 'universal traditions'...kantha, Japanese boro, visible mending, piecing and patchwork. The focus is on Utilitarianism as art. (I spend a few hours every week at the National Quilt Museum. There are amazing pieces of art displayed there. They are beautiful and technically perfect. In fact, there is a display within the main gallery display entitled 'Perfectly Pieced' quilts....But, to me there are very few quilts in the entire museum that really tell the story of the artist. Of the culture from which they are made. They are interesting and pretty, but they have no soul.) This book is a soul-ful one. It's a gem. I can't wait to spend more time devouring each chapter.
Being as impulsive as I usually am, I've surprised myself by not setting aside my knitting in favor of a bit of slow stitching. Of course, anyone involved with hand knitting knows that this, too, is a slow movement format. And my project has been one of the slowest ones I've worked on in a l-o-n-g time.
It started off innocently enough with a couple skeins of Kauni for a sweater. I live in Kentucky....what in the world was I thinking? (That might have been the year I was planning on going to Rhinebeck!) So, it sat in the stash for a couple years trying to decide what it wanted to be. I finally settled on Kay Gardiner's Mitered Square Cross afghan mainly because I wanted to support Mercy Corps, an international relief organization she was supporting with the pattern purchase. One thing led to another...two skeins of Kauni (656 yds/skein) grew to 5...then 9. (Don't ask. It was a color thing.)
I only have 8 squares left before joining them all together...even with a border, I'm going to be left with a basket FULL of Kauni....more than I started with. (I have no misconceptions...this is NOT a loaves and fishes experience. I simply have bought too much yarn for this project!!!!)
How do you think this would compliment the mitered cross blanket?
(I might have to buy more black.)