"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

knit and thrift

Time To Rise
by Robert Louis Stevenson

A birdie with a yellow bill
Hopped upon the window sill,
Cocked his shining eye and said:
"Aint you 'shamed, you sleepy-head?"

Joining Ginnys' yarn along.
The knit:  I'm still working on Pickles plain vest.  My concern over having enough yarn to finish the job seems to be unfounded ~ so far, so good!  I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.

The read:  I wanted to share my latest thrifting treasure; Robert Louis Stevenson's A child's Garden of Verses illustrated by Hilda Boswell.  We already own the volume illustrated by Tasha Tudor (of whom I am a tremendous fan) but these illustrations are sooo sweet!  Absolutely frame-worthy if only I had the nerve to ruin a book.  Not happenin'!

Blessings,  Debbie


  1. So glad you are going to have enough yarn to finish the vest.
    I have seen others who take books apart and frame the pictures: I have never had the nerve. What if someone wants to read the book?!

  2. Congrats on having enough yarn! What a lovely book to find while thrifting! You are lucky.

  3. Thank you for visiting and leaving such a sweet comment. I get a lot of sweet comments, but yours made me smile. Please drop by anytime! Now I'm in for the treat of looking around here...

  4. Hi Debbie, How clever you are! I would love to have the talent to knit anything. Your work is gorgeous!!! And what a delightful find with the book. I love books and I love reading, with the way technology is going I pray books will still be around for many more generations. Wishing you a pleasant day! Blessings, Kerrie

  5. I know the feeling, running out of yarn in the middle of a project is not fun at all. My fingers are crossed too! I love the colours you're using.

  6. I just wish so much that I had the talent to knit. I've tried, but I think it's my left handedness or something. Everyone who ever tried to teach me was right handed.

    I also love A Child's Garden of Verses and would treasure as many volumes as I could find.

  7. Cute vest...and a wonderful thrifting treasure as well.

    Thanks for stopping by...and saying 'hi'!

  8. What a sweet book...we love poetry, too:). Your vest is turning out beautifully. I really like the color and hope you have enough yarn to finish!


  9. You are making me want go back and relearn how to knit...the book, one of my favorites and how precious...oh I love children's books, now I am collecting for grand kids.

  10. My Mom used to knit all sorts of wonderful sweaters for me! I love those. You found a lovely book! I have that one that was given to me when I was about 8, with Tasha Tudor illustrations. I read all those poems to my children too. Timeless.

  11. I love Robert Louis Stevenson's "verses", too. When I was a little girl, I received A Child's Garden of Verses for Christmas, and I read those poems over and over again until I memorized them all. The copy you found looks like a real treasure. Your vest is coming along very nicely! The colors are so lovely--they look like spring.

  12. I think I would find the illustrations by Hilda Boswell to be as cute as pie judging by the cover of the book. Your attractive photograph looks like it could be in a printed knitting magazine. You have an eye for greens. I like seeing your work in progress. I'm knitting with two greens presently. Elizabeth Z's one color in each hand works well for checks - but even after years I'm still awkward at it. Still, I like the end result.
    Karen A.


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