"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, May 11, 2011

a good yarn...

hand-spun from the thrift store (.50 cents)

Yesterday I was visiting my blog friends, when what to my wondering eyes should appear?  Why it was Gnomelet at The Quiet Home!  I have a few babies 'baking' (unfortunately not mine) and I thought this pattern would be perfect for a boy or a girl.  I think I'll put a little rattle in the tummy...




And I'm reading another thrifting find.  A few months back I found this 'Book of Children's Stories From Around the World', illustrated by Jessie Wilcox Smith.  I haven't had as much quiet time as I would like so I've been catching a short story whenever I get the chance.

  In the days of King Alfred, there lived a poor woman, in a remote country village in England, a great many miles from London.  She had been a widow some years, and had an only son named Jack, whom she indulged in every wish.  The consequence of this was that Jack did not pay the least attention to anything she said, but was idle, careless, and wasteful.  His follies were not owing to a bad disposition, but to the fact that his mother had never checked him.  By degrees she spent all that she had - scarcely anything was left to her but a cow.  Excerpt from 'Jack and the Bean-Stock'





Some are old favorites and some I've never heard of.  The pictures really are beautiful and I love a good fairy tale!

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie

29 comments:

  1. Debbie, I can't wait to see your finished Gnomelet! Thank you so much for linking back to me! xx :)

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  2. Gnomelet is Tina's best I think. I just wish I could knit!

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  3. I adore fairy tales, the book looks charming and the little Gnomelet is so sweet......happy knitting!

    lily x

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  4. The Gnomelet is just adorable! I just HAVE to learn to knit or crochet! I love the Yarn Along and have added it to my list of weekly parties:@)

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  5. CUTE pattern and love the yarn!! I am a big fan of the old fairy tales, too! ;) blessings ~ tanna

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  6. That is a beautiful book. I love the colourful lithograph prints. I collect childrens books too. B

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  7. I think the gnome is adorable! And lucky you finding handspun for 50 cents!!!!

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  8. All parents should take that quote from Jack and the Beanstalk to heart when raising kids...A great lesson.

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  9. You and I share a love for thrift stores and old books :) I especially love the old fairy tale books with the beautiful pictures. Happy knitting!

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  10. What a lovely treasure you found! I love Jessie Wilcox Smith and have a lovely old volume of Little Woman illustrated by her. That little gnome looks like a fun project. Wish I knew someone that was having a baby, so I would have a good excuse to make one!

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  11. You are always knitting such fun items! I really think I need to do the same. No babies in the future right now, but if the Lord were to send a few or a dozen little blessings this way I wouldn't mind!

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  12. I read Tina's blog too, and think Gnomelet is so adorable! He makes me wish I could still knit. :) The book you found is lovely, and the illustrations look beautiful. I used to love reading fairly tales when I was young.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. It is lovely to meet you! Enjoy your day!

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  13. I love Gnomelet - it's great that you can knit such cute items. Well done!

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  14. The books sound wonderful! Great Gnomelet pattern too!

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  15. Dear Debbie,

    What a sweet Gnomelet, and fairy tale book. Aren't the old illustrators delightful? Jessie Wilcox Smith is a favorite.

    Love,

    Marqueta

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  16. The gnomelet is adorable! My niece loves gnomes, if she ever has another baby, I might need to look into that pattern! The book looks so good-I love her illustrations!

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  17. Don't you wish sometimes that you could pick up pen and ink and draw like Jessie? So many beautiful, elegant illustrators in the past. Bauer, Rackham, Parrish - so many who can make the most unexpected things happen. I have my father's and mother's baby books, and both are charmingly illustrated with simple line - and you get such a feel for the time since they were babies, looking at the style. Books. Tell me how a Kindle will ever touch a book? And what a great moral point that story makes, eh?

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  18. Love the pattern...ok give it up...what book is it in.

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  19. What a sweet baby gift that will be. Can't wait to see it finished! You are so talented!

    I love the book, and the artwork in it! I love children's books. What a joy it is getting cozy and reading a good book to the grandchildren. I also really enjoyed raeding them to our girls when they were growing up, and to myself for my own reading pleasure. :)

    Have a happy day!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  20. What a precious post...the book is wonderful and I was just being told how to knit in the round by a friend's daughter...she is making the most precious little farm animals...now I see yours and I might just have to learn.

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  21. Love those gnomes and beautiful is the word that came to mind before I read your words about the book!! Great thrift find!

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  22. Oh that pattern is adorable. I am sure one of those baking babies will just love i!

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  23. That little gnome will make a great rattle--cute idea! Love your Laura Ingalls Wilder quote under the banner--needed to hear those words today!

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  24. How sweet! You found hand spun at the thrift store? Wow, that's a great find! We have a very old fairy tale book here. It's interesting to read how the stories have evolved over the years.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  25. Oh such as sweet little fellow. Looking forward to seeing your one when it is finished. I've got a fairy tales from around the world book. It is fascinating to read as the stories are slightly different depending on the country.

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  26. Hi Debbie,
    Tina's Patterns are so lovely aren't they?
    Thank you for you kind comment on my Blog , about my bags.

    Kim

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