Wrapped In Love

 You’ve got mail!!!!

Twenty-one women have wrapped me in their arms forever.

But first, a bit of a story. Sitting here on my desk is an Internet page I printed from anthropologie.com on 10/15/12. Actually, I’d found their crochet/knit “quirky heirloom throw” sometime in June when I was in one of their stores, but the price tag had kept me from buying it. Back home, I couldn’t get it off my mind. So eventually, I went online, found it there, and printed it. A girl can dream, right? To be honest, I wanted a homemade version of it, thinking maybe someday I’d make one. The idea of a “quirky heirloom throw” in mismatched colors that perfectly matches the new sitting couch in my new mismatched kitchen continued to call to me. Unbeknownst to me and unbeknownst to 21 women, we were already “collaborating” on a “Farmgirl Collaborative Afghan”—even better!!!!!!

Can you tell I’m in love?

Oh, the colors!!!!!

The goodwill. The memories I’ll have forever.

The way it makes me f-e-e-l.

I love my sisters. I love how quirky we are. I love how heirloom we are. I love the way we throw our arms around each other. Thanks for the most amazing surprise EVAH, girlfrens !!!!! And love to Diane Van Horn, Fiddlehead Farm, Sister #922, for stitching us all TOGETHER.

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  1. Elizabeth says:

    That is so very thoughtful & sweet of you Farmgirls. The look of joy on your face & in your actions is priceless MaryJane. Can’t think of anything better than a gift ~made & given~ from the heart. Looks like you are being wrapped in 21 harmonious patches of love. And the snow gently falling all around you makes it truly an enchanting scene.

    Wonderful afghan/collage of care patches ladies.

  2. Laurie Dimino says:

    Just beautiful! What a wonderful gift of love to keep you warm. We truly have some very talented and thoughtful sisters. Enjoy your beautiful afghan Mary Jane.
    Nice work Sistas!
    Merry Christmas!

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    I love it, too! I can feel their arms around you, MaryJane! It’s the simple things in life that make the journey special. Way to go to the Farmgirl Sisters who made this happen! It’s beautiful!!

  4. Debbie Fischer says:

    Oh Mary Jane you look beautiful in it, it turned out wonderful and Diane did a fabulous job putting it all together for us and coming up with the idea. Thank you Diane you did good.
    Hugs Mary Jane,

  5. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Perfect,perfect, perfect for you in every way!! Love the colors and the diversity of it. Currently, I have been participating in all of the MJF Connection dishcloth swaps. This fall I decided to make an afghan type venue to put them all together . The one you have shown here looks just like what I had in my mind’s eye. When I purchase your Ideabook and sewing book 2 years ago, I found your crocheted dishcloth. Now I use that pattern and embellish it according to the swap and have so much fun. I am looking forward to the day I can wrap myself in Farmgirl love too. Getting pretty close! Maybe the end of 2013 I will be ready?? Thanks for sharing your new treasure today!!

  6. Thayes Hower says:

    Function, beauty and love. Everything a gift should be!

  7. Cathy R says:

    MaryJane! These are the most adorable pictures of you! Future magazine cover and story! LIFE is GRAND!
    GOD is AWESOME! MERRY CHRISTMAS and sweet snuggles every time you wrap in that glorious throw!
    Blessings, Cathy in Orofino

  8. Toni Brownlee says:

    Love your FB site….and your new afghan! What wonderful friends you have.

    I love those boots you have on also and was wondering what brand they are? I’ve been looking for some grey boots and these are wonderful. Would you please share your source with me? Thanks! Toni

    • MaryJane says:

      I’ve had them for several years. They’re actually black but have that white’ish film that comes from shoe leather when it ages. (I actually love that patina when it happens and don’t try to polish it off.) The brand is ENDEVUR. (I bought them online.) Here’s the thing. I took them to my local shoemaker to put vibram soles on them. Also, the leather heel was boxy so I took them up to my shop and “whittled” them on the grinder to a cowgirl boot shape. Good luck!!!! (I do love them. They’re so comfortable, I could sleep in them.) Oh, and they had some sort of biker chain around the back heel that I took off and turned into a necklace! Lookee, here are some on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/STEVE-MADDEN-Endevur-MOTORCYCLE-gray-leather-BOOTS-37-7-5-chain-harness-engineer-/251192854728

  9. jean says:

    I love this for so many reasons — all the handwork that went into it, and all the love behind it. Truly a precious heirloom!

  10. Diane Van Horn says:

    So glad you love it! I think the Anthropology story is such a weird coincidence! I just had the idea after I finished my first afghan for myself. I thought wouldn’t it be fun to have my fellow Farmgirl Sisters crochet or knit a square and then stitch them all together like a Farmgirl Sampler. It came together nicely! There are some talented Farmgirls out there. Then I thought…who to give it to? Easy, our mentor and Mother Hen, MaryJane. You have inspired so many of us through your magazine, chatroom and now blog. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

  11. CJ Armstrong says:

    BEAUTIFUL! GORGEOUS! I love the afghan! Love the pictures of you relishing and enjoying it! I agree, a future magazine cover!

    And, to the girls who made it for you . . . AWESOME WORK! Thanks for sharing your creativity and heart this way. (Maybe someday I’ll find the time to learn to crochet or knit!)

    THANKS TO ALL OF YOU for encouraging all of us!!!

  12. Diana Ketron says:

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I just LOVE to see the LOVE in it.

    Yes this just has to be a mag. cover.!!!!!!

  13. Julie Hofmann says:

    It was an honor to be a contributor to this project Mary Jane. You have given so much of yourself to so many it was a pleasure to be able to give to you. May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year!

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