Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Introduction


When I started this blog a good friend of mine was sceptical.

'Why on earth would you want to look at pictures of hand-knitted socks?'. It was a good question, one that also lurked in my mind at the time.

Fast forward three years or so and I understand. These are not just any old socks.

Often there are reasons why the sock is made,
there is the delicious pleasure of choosing the yarn and pattern,
there is the knowledge that no one else has a sock exactly like it
and, most importantly, there is the chance to show the sock to other people who understand.

In fact, there's an entire community who can help if there are sock-ish problems and give virtual cheers at casting-off time.

It's ace around here.



I've talked about blogging to that same friend many times and always curbed my enthusiasm just a little.

Yet this is a friend who was using thrifted bedsheets to back her quilts, way back in the early nineties, and who has always hung a beautiful collection of vintage plates on her kitchen wall. She's someone who makes her own lip balm and is responsible for giving us our first sourdough culture.

The quilts she has made for me from pre-loved fabrics and teatowels are some of my most prized possessions.

She made the curtains for the beach hut. They speak for themselves.



In recent months I noticed a change. She began to tell me about blogs she was reading - lovely blogs I'd never heard of. I went off to find them, and wondered rather gleefully if she was being drawn towards the inevitable.

She was. She has. She's here, at ThriftyHousehold. It would be wonderful if you popped over to give her a wave.

28 comments:

Thrifty Househol said...

I'm eating my own words (in a herby sourdough sandwich!)
Thanks for your post, it made me blush a bit...

Thimbleanna said...

Isn't it funny how that stuff happens? My good friends totally understand my obsession, but everyone else pretty much thinks I'm nuts. Not that that would ever stop me. Off to say hi...

crafts@home said...

Thank you for introducing me to her blog, it already looks interesting, I love the quilts she has made for your family and those curtains really do speak for themselves :)
Sue Xxx

Ali said...

All crafty people can be lured the the dark side......! Off to say hi.

periwinkle said...

I'd have been nagging her to Blog too , off to say Hi now

Pomona said...

Well, I did try to make a comment but the washing machine man unexpectedly tripped the power - didn't think to tell me it was a possibility and looked positively surprised that I was working on a computer. Probably thought I would be dusting . . . That over, I just wanted to say that I went to say hello to the Thrifty Household and the lovely quilts, and hope you are keeping well and all that, and making lots of nice jewellery for people to be given for Christmas (she says wistfully).

Pomona x

Handmade in Israel said...

Lol! What a fun post. Good luck to your friend - her quilts are gorgeous - and I am happy she has eaten her words. Who doesn't love blogging??

Floss said...

Oh, yes, I'll pop over now. What lovely curtains! I'm doing a giveaway if you and your thrifty curtains friend are interested...

Rachel said...

Yes, the delights of blogging tend to be less than obvious to the uninitiated!

Strolls off to Thrifty Household....

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Just popped over to see her, wow, what amazing quilts!
Vivienne x

Helen Philipps said...

Love the curtains, and the quilts and your little ones look so sweet with them too! I'm off to visit Thrifty Household now!
Helen x

Magic Cochin said...

Thank you for the introduction... another lovely blog to add to my 'to read' list.

Beautiful relaxed quilts :-)

Celia
x

marigold jam said...

Thanks for the tip - your friend's blog looks just my cup of tea.

Calico Kate said...

Oh lovely, so pleased she's gone down the blogging route will pop over in a mo as I LOVE the quilts and am lusting after your curtains!
CKx

millefeuilles said...

Beautiful curtains and I'm on my way to ThriftyHousehold right now.

Stephanie

Toffeeapple said...

I've said hello, it is looking good isn't it? Another one to add to my list, one day I'll be doing nothing but reading blogs.

Twiggy said...

Crafty bloggers will take over the world. I keep teling my super crafty pal she should get into blogland - I must convert her:) Meanwhile I'm going over for a nosey.......
Twiggy x

Bella Bheag said...

Hello - it's been a while since I stopped by - nice to catch up with your posts. I have paid your friend a visit. Some people have more to say than they realise don't they and I must say I am very impressed that she has managed to open her shop so soon. I guess having an expert on hand always helps! BB

Country Girl said...

I'll definately pop by and I love the curtains she made!

Annie said...

Oh my, those beach hut curtains are divine! Lucky you to have such a talented friend. I'm off to have a look at her blog right now :)

Tania said...

Hehehe.

On the sock thing: I agree the bloggy cheer squad is fabulously wonderful but unfortunately it hasn't translated into my knitting a pair for a sock.

On the move to the bloggy Dark Side: I have one friend who looks at me with a lip curl and often says "I have no idea why you bother to blog". One day, dammit, I'll blooming convert her (or at least find a way to moderate the irritating lip curl).

The Coffee Lady said...

Oooh, she's been at my blog! How exciting. If I'd known she was your friend I would have thrown cake at her.

I recognise bits of those curtains.

Madelief said...

Those curtains look amazing. I will pop over and meet your friend!

Happy evening,

Madelief x

planetcoops said...

What lovely curtains. I'm just off to visit ThriftyHousehold now.

Cathy at PotterJotter said...

Am heading over there now. I know where to go if I need any curtains making, that's for sure.

a simple yarn said...

"Those curtains," she said, catching the tiniest bit of drool at the corner of her mouth, "are exquisite in their loveliness and so very cheery to look at!"

So very pleased to have meandered to your blog via poshyarns and then to be moved onward to find another lovely blog.

Locket Pocket said...

What gorgeous photos of the girls! Off to visit your friend now. Lucy xx

Tara said...

It sounds like it was about time your friend started a blog. I'm going to pop over and have a little poke around.