When I was sick and lay a-bed,
I had two pillows at my head,
And all my toys beside me lay
To keep me happy all the day.
And sometimes for an hour or so
I watched my leaden soldiers go,
With different uniforms and drills,
Among the bed-clothes, through the hills;
And sometimes sent my ships in fleets
All up and down among the sheets;
Or brought my trees and houses out,
And planted cities all about.
I was the giant great and still
That sits upon the pillow-hill,
And sees before him, dale and plain,
The pleasant land of counterpane.
[Robert Louis Stevenson]
A counterpane is a bedspread. Heirloom versions were sometimes knit using white cotton thread and looked quite elegant. I’m in the process of designing a colorful, woolen version. The image above is really one block duplicated three times and arranged to show how the finished counterpane will look. This is for a class being offered at Sarah Jane’s Yarn Shoppe after the first of the year.