part 3, the dream of the wash-ashore

When one returns to Nantucket to stay, the natives refer to that person as a ‘wash-ashore’.  I like that.  I want to be a wash-ashore nantucketian.  I want to discover the ways to live on that small island, 30 miles out to sea – water in all directions.  I want to stitch my quilts, paint my mermaids, knit my sweaters and watch my dog chase the waves onto the beach.  I want to experience the dim winter light, people hurrying home, snowflakes gathering on the shoulders of boiled woolen jackets – cobbled streets muffled, still.  And the silence.  I want to create Sailor’s Valentines and paddle around the harbor in a faded red dinghy.  To make friends with the locals and be invited in, carrying a hot dish, covered in gingham.

When my sister and I walked through the old sections in town she pointed out the Sisters’ Houses as well as many of the other historic buildings.  I could close my eyes and  envision the people of another time, perhaps when whaling was the major industry and life was hard and often bitter.  Behind closed lids I could see long skirts swirling down narrow alleys, widow walks being paced by anxious mothers, peddlers on the sidewalks, struggling with carts and livestock.  I discovered that when the whaling industry went into decline, the islanders raised sheep for wool and meat.  Nantucket is a place that I relate to on so many levels.

There was knitting on Nantucket.  I bought some delicious Anzula sock yarn in the traditional Cape Cod ‘red’.DSCN7833There is a wonderful amount of cashmere mixed with this merino and the result is a light soft-as-a-feather sock.


Fall was waiting in New York for my return.  Baking, quilt making and garden strolls were in order before hanging up the flip-flops and heading back to work.DSCN7830DSCN7826DSCN7829DSCN7837DSCN7850DSCN7849Baby quilts are in order – I have three that need my attention before too long.  Sadly, none are for my family, but that does not diminish the joy of creating these small pieces.

DSCN7851DSCN7853The Pineapple Sage – last in the garden to flower – a crimson kiss for departing hummingbirds.


Today’s Buzz;

I wanted to talk about bee skeps, but I’m late for my Guild meeting so I leave you with this instead:  Pattern by Amy, (During Quiet Play)found at Craftsy.  DSCN7847




About jody

mother of two amazing individuals, daughter, sister, artist, partner - devoted to knitting, quilting, gardening,writing,painting, reading, sewing, longing to live by the sea
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3 Responses to part 3, the dream of the wash-ashore

  1. pratima says:

    Your trip sounds so relaxing and dreamy! Nice to see your adorable patchwork projects, so full of whimsy and cuteness! Lucky babies 🙂
    That Bee block is gorgeous!


  2. stephanie kidd says:

    i would really like to know where your baby blanket fabrics came from I love them.


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