"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

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

a time to keep ~ away from the needles



I began knitting this little sweater Memorial Day weekend.  You may notice I haven't gotten very far.  A couple of weeks ago I began my gnomelet.  He too has not gotten all that far.  So here's the deal.  The Memorial Day conference was riveting!  Knitting needles in my hands don't do so well with riveting.  When I'm not paying attention to them, they have a tendency to get downright ornery.  I chose these projects to take along with me because they were somewhat mindless.  I thought I could easily conquer these patterns with no thought whatsoever.  What I forgot to take into consideration is that the needles have minds of their own.  I should have known this by now.  We've been together long enough...  All this to say that I spent half of the conference mindlessly knitting away, all the while the needles were giggling.  I spent the other half of the conference taking off all of the stitches that I had put on during the first half.  I haven't touched this project again since returning home.  The naughty needles are in time out!  I'll show them who's boss.




That's the month we planted the garden.
We had delectable elevenish parties 
with iced tea and cookies
under the crab apple tree.

Although I'm not reading this right now (actually I could really quick) it is sitting on the trunk in my living room for anyone who wants to peruse it.  It's a wonderful edition by Tasha Tudor.  There are so many things to love about her.  Such as her amazing artistic ability,  her handcrafted reproduction colonial farmhouse with luscious gardens,  her goat barn that is attached to the main house,  her many corgis, her doll house with handmade (by her) dolls, her extensive turn of the century clothing collection that she wears when she is not wearing the handmade peasant dresses that she made herself with the fabric that she loomed herself...  And I could go on!  This book is a treasured peek into her soul.  She was all about holidays.  If you are a Tasha fan you will recognize many of her illustrations as they depict the traditions that she so creatively kept alive for her family. Very inspirational!

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie

31 comments:

  1. that book looks so beautiful, Ive heard of Tasha Tudor, must look up her books next time I go to the library

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  2. "The naughty needles are in time out! I'll show them who's boss."
    you crack me up!
    ~~HUGS~~
    http://blessingtheelements-mi.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm laughing too! I threatened my needles with that too a few months ago. Now they sit idle waiting until the spring rush (and moving too!) are all done. Almost there...

    Tasha Tudor is absolutely wonderful! Love her art and sense of style and dignity.

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  4. I just adore Tasha Tudor! She was such a "lady"!
    I do hope those needles have learned their lesson and when they are out of time out they will behave.

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  5. You showed 'em! Hope they behave now, I can't wait to see the gnomelet:@)

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  6. I admire people that can do "mindless" knitting, but alas, am not one of them. My needles have been in quite a time out themselves. Something about the heat,makes them retreat to the corner. Love Tasha Tudor, Thanks to her, I've been sharing living quarters with corgis for the past quarter century!

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  7. I enjoy Tasha Tudor's illustrations, too. Her lifestyle would be too challenging for me, however, I confess.

    I'm giggling along with your needles. Maybe need a time-out myself!

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  8. Love the Tasha Tudor book! Our copy is dog eared and well used. My girls read it all the time. Glad you are showing your needles who is boss-now maybe they will work better for you!

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  9. We love Tasha Tudor. I especially enjoyed watching the video of her. (Is it called Take Joy?) Makes me want a corgi...except I just took my Little Doggie to the vet yesterday and decided pets are EXPENSIVE! Yikes.

    Love that red yarn. REALLY love it. As in, must get some! =)

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  10. Although I have never learned to knit, I DO have a one-track mind (as in, don't even whisper to me while I am on the phone, or I don't hear what you said nor what the person on the phone just said)...so I can imagine the knitting kerfuffle!
    And I have that book! Love it...in fact, I think I'll get it out today...

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  11. When I crocheted while chatting with someone, etc. I too always had to rip it all out and re-do. I can't wait to see the finsihed products, especially the gnomelet. xo,

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  12. I sit and watch Megan knit and talk and I know I could never do that,I have to pay attention. I have been going to crochet a rug.
    I love Tasha Tudor and I really have always wanted to be like her.

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  13. Love the image of your giggling needles :-) I'm all about holidays as well. I really must find this book. I agree that Tasha Tudor's work is amazing. :-) So glad to hear that I'm not the only one challenged by those niggle-y "finishing touches"!

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  14. We have that very same book. It is beautiful and I think it help the children recognize the rhythm of their year. The paintings are beautiful and we all get an insight into history.
    My needles are always laughing at me. ;)
    Be well,
    Angela from Peach Coglo

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  15. I've never heard of Tasha Tudor but it sure looks like a beautiful book!
    Sometimes needles need teaching a lesson - hope they are better behaved next time. I love that red!

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  16. I'm giggling at the thought of your knitting needles giggling!

    Tasha Tudor's illustrations are timeless. I have very few of her books, but this looks like one to treasure and keep.

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  17. I'm giggling right along with those giggling needles! That's so cute to me.

    I never even knew about Tasha T. until blogland. Now, I'm very enchanted.

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  18. I too love Tasha Tudor and love her books too. such a talented lady. I'm afraid that when I knit, I need to concentrate on the job at hand unless There is no pattern and it's just strait knitting or just knit and pearl. JB

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  19. I am pretty confident that you will conquer the needles. I am sure of it. I adore Tasha Tudor, her books are such eye candy to behold.

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  20. Hi Debbie, thanks for leaving a comment on my blog. The temperature is great today for my sourdough starter. I can't wait until it's ready. I'm using the crock pot that comes in my slow cooker and the lid protects it from fruit flies and still can allow gases to escape. So far it's been bubbling and I've stirred it twice already. Wish me luck. JB

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  21. Very funny, I think my needles have been in time out for years. lol
    I enjoy anything Tasha Tudor has written, she was such an inspiration.Thanks for sharing.
    Sue

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  22. Oh, Tasha Tudor, what an inspiration she still is to SO many! I love her sweet watercolor paintings. I have a few older issues of Victoria magazines that I saved where they visited her and had many pictures of her working. Hand-dying wool in a big pot outside! JUST amazing stuff!! :) Your knitting is always an inspiration to us too!
    Have a beautiful day, sweet lady!

    xoxo...Gloria

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  23. You will have to remember to pull out the book, on Tasha Tudor day, this summer!! CLarice

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  24. I have naughty needles too. You can tell by looking at my finished projects that they (naughty needles) are definitely boss. Your stitches look very pretty. At least you end up winning.

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  25. OH yes oh yes, what is it about naughty needles??? Fortunately, I can't stay mad at them for long, I'm a terrible disciplinarian :).

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  26. Hello - thanks for dropping by. Lovely to browse around your blog. I have an Erin too - my 3 month old granddaughter.
    I love to find mindless knitting projects, but my needles do get bored and distracted easily. I had never heard of tasha Tudor either, until i started reading blogs. I see you have a link to a book right here on your sidebar, so i must take a look.

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  27. I must find a copy of one of Tasha Tudor's books. So many people have so many nice things to say about her.

    Never thought of putting my needles in time out. Must be where I'm going wrong! Your description reminds me of the knitters in Dicken's Tale of Two Cities but less grizzly. Who knows what you added into your knitting while you listened!

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  28. I think my needles are permanently in time out. I'd like to take up crocheting again, though....

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  29. i've not read the entire book, but i have read excerpts from mere christianity. thanks for the suggestion!

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  30. I find Tasha fascinating and simply amazing. Love the quaintness of her illustrations. Sorry your needles were so naughty....they get that way from time to time.

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  31. I think I have this book - but had forgotten all about it!

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