Saturday, September 20, 2014

Knitting and Reading

This weeks block is called 'Knitting and Reading'. (I wish I had more time to do both!) In this passage in the book, Emma Florence LeConte Furman writes in her diary about a rainy day. Emma and her mother spend the day knitting and reading. Emma writes about her mother knitting a pair of socks and 'turning the heel'. Turning the heel can be tricky the first time you knit socks and it's no surprise to me the her mother asks a couple of times on how to do it! I can't imagine having to knit socks for my family... I would be devastated each and every time there's a hole worn into one of them. After putting so much work into knitting a pair of socks, of coarse you would take time to darn them.

So let me show you my block titled, 'Knitting and Reading'...

I picked out fabrics that I thought would work nicely
for this block.
I write in the fabric colors on my foundation
paper, it's the only way I can keep track of what
goes where!
I usually cut strips of fabric to work with while paper piecing.
I found it super helpful to cut triangles to work with.
'Knitting and Reading'
January 6, 1864
Have a wonderful week! Remember to post your progress on the Civil War Diary Quilt Group on Flickr.

I will be working on 'The Great Bazaar' out of Rosemary's book next. Hope that you have a great weekend! I'm hoping to find some time to sew....

Happy quilting and perfect stitches to you!
Check out Rosemary's website.  Her books and Cd's can be ordered there too!


  1. Back in the day knitting the socks was probably a chance to sit and relax a little. It's not like they could go to the store and buy the yarn. They had to spin it first. Of course they didn't have distractions like computers or television. Can you imagine knitting socks by lantern light?

  2. Oh great! That block is looking nice. It's always interesting to visit your blog for informative posts. Thanks!