I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson







Saturday, February 19, 2011

Talismans



Warm hearts sounds lovely and cozy as we brace ourselves here at the beach for a "dry storm" (no precip!) of 65 MPH winds. Brrrr.

I learned about knitted felted hearts from my blog friend Peggy....


The little hearts are featured in this fun book of small projects: Gifted , by Mags Kandis. (It's available on Amazon and Borders etc if your library doesn't have it.)


The little hearts knit up fast, my first took less than an hour and I am a slow knitter.




The pattern is fun and soothingly rhythmic ...and the felting process is interesting.
Be sure to use 100% wools that are recommended for felting; yarn that is machine washable, of any fiber, won't felt easily. I washed my heart at least 5 times, just threw it in with the white/ hot wash. Dry in dryer.


So adorable and chubby!


By this time next year I hope to have a whole bowlful...



Then, while looking at internet bookstores I discovered this book by Josie Iselin, called Heart Stones. I have her other books and so I ordered this right away. Her eye for "treasure" is exceptional and her photographs are beautiful.



This is a quote from the editorial blurb on Amazon (perhaps from the book, it doesn't say?):

A heart stone is one of nature's gifts. Heart stones are not rare or precious in the typical sense--a good scour of a beach with any stones at all will usually turn up one or two heart-shaped stones. But heart stones, lifted from their obscurity, with all of their cracks and blemishes, lopsided and imperfect, are simply the best find on any beach.
Beachcombers collect them, keep them as talismans, and give them to friends and lovers.


The bold type highlites are from me. My beach has really no stones or rocks at all, just the occasional white beach pebble, few and far between. (My beach is just acres of empty white sand, really...) But my family's Cape Cod beach has wonderful, if painful, stony edges and there I collected a number of heart stones over the years. We kept them in a basket in the blue bedroom....



And sadly our collection was discarded when my parents' home was sold. Maybe the hearts were tossed out on the bluestone driveway? And over the next few millenia they will wash down Stony Brook Road to Paine's Creek, back to their home beach?  I hope so...


I did bring a few home over the years, cherished talismans of sunny summer beach days, happy days, and sunset walks at the Cape Cod beach.


A blog note: Welcome, new friends! Please remember that I can't respond to comments unless you send me your email in a separate comment or email to me. Some stupid bloggy glitch! Please know how I treasure each response...from everyone!


love


           lizzy 


                  gone to the beach!

sanderlings are returning!


4 comments:

  1. Hi Lizzy Love the little white heart. So precious. I can't wait to get to mine but I have to finish these Mary Jane Shoes for a baby first.
    Love your photos and the heart stones. I only have one so far but now will be looking ever more readily. I only live a block from where the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers join here in upstate New York. Lots of rocks on the edges of the rivers where I walk almost daily.
    Thank you for always inspiring me to do things.

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  2. Oh my gosh...these are darling... And I just love them!!! Love the new photo of the sanderlings returning!!

    Blessings...
    xoxo Gert

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  3. Another wonderful idea you have presented! Are you going to have any of those hearts for sale in your shop? I admit I am not a knitter. :( Kit

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  4. I love your heart stones! Just the other day I was walking along Santa Monica beach and found over 20 of them. It was a significant sign to me as I had gone to the beach to ponder some life questions I was currently facing. They are amazing - all of them perfect even with their irregularities. Would love for you to view my post on my heart stones...http://thesmartgal.com/blog/

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