"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, July 26, 2011

a breath of fresh air


I'm sitting next to a window that is allowing the most perfect breeze.  Not strong enough to bother papers, just strong enough to keep the air moving.  It has a chill to it which is strange since the air without the breeze is actually still very warm.  It was a hot day... for us... mid 80's.  I know it sounds like nothing to those of you who have been suffering from extreme heat, but for those of us that just hopped out of the low 70's it's kind of a shock to the senses.

I'm feeling pleased with myself this afternoon.  Instead of just sitting and staring, I found something to sit at and stare at.  Improvement!


 No, we haven't stepped into the 21st century electronically.  priorities.





About 5 years ago the kids gave me the Sarah Plain and Tall trilogy for Mother's Day.  I love these movies! Have you seen them?  I love Sarah's (Glenn Close) clothes.  She has the most fabulous turn of the century Maine style.  Seeing it transplanted to the dry mid-west, accentuates the breath of fresh air that Sarah brings to the Witting farm.




And what about Cassey's winter warmies?  Does anyone have a pattern they'd like to share that even comes close to this wonderful homespun look?  Something knit, I don't crochet.  When staring leads to inspiration and get's me to do something besides sit... I'm almost back.

Blessings, Debbie

34 comments:

  1. I do love the hat and scarf, good luck in finding a way to make them1 ;D

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  2. My wheel has been calling to me too and I think this just about did it completely! You have a beautiful wheel. Do you like it? I've been thinking about trading mine for a more portable/foldable one.

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  3. A ravelry searched produced these:

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/b18-1-bonnet-and-scarf-in-garter-st-with-crochet-borders-in-merino-extra-fine (would need to size up for a bigger head)

    http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chocolate-blues (Maybe without the pom poms? Haha)

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  4. I do like that pattern too, That bonnet would be wonderful to make. I bet Megan could figure it out.
    I am glad you are feeling better, nothing like a little working with fiber to bring healing.
    My mind always feels so much better.
    Yes, I love that whole series, I just loved the book(s) too. Are there two? I can't remember.

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  5. Ah, what a cutie! And your tv looks like ours. We are in need of new rabbit ears. Do they even make those anymore? I've been without since we moved...which really isn't such a bad thing, but I am totally without news. I hope someone will let me know if something important happens.

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  6. I'll check my vintage patterns Debbie. I remember seeing some bonnets in some of them. Glad to hear you are feeling better. We are having just the opposite weather here, which is a blessing. The cooler weather really energizes me. Love the Maine house in the Sarah movies.

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  7. I've never watched Sarah Plain and Tall. For some reason, I'm familiar with the story though. Was it a series of books? I'm guessing that I must have read then at some point in time.

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  8. I haven't seen all of the Sarah series, but I'm glad you brought it up, I need to build a 'sweet' viewing collection for myself...Love, love that great chair...Lots!!

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  9. I've not seen the trilogy, but I did read the book when I was younger.

    Ah you're spinning! I love watching people spin yarn.

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  10. Love the books. Love the movies. Well, except the part where Sarah melts down as Jacob aims to shoot the wolf, or coyote, or stray dog... Can I come over and watch with you? ;) ~Lisa

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  11. I love love love Sarah Plain and Tall series. ( books and movies [o=) I am glad that you are feeling better. There is NOTHING like yarn therapy. Enjoy every bit of it.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))!
    -Mary

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  12. I love Sarah Plain and Tall, my hubby does too. I LOVE that leather chair!!!! Really admire how you use this machine and make such beautiful sweaters.
    Ann

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  13. have you checked out bonnet patterns on ravelry? i'd probably start there. and the series, i love it too - enjoy!

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  14. Not sure why,but I have never seen Sarah Plain and Tall. I need to remedy that as I think I would like it. I have been on a Walton's kick lately and am loving it. Glad you are improving! xx

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  15. We like those movies too!

    I am glad you are finding inspiration!

    Deanna

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  16. Oh, I LOVE Sarah Plain and Tall. LOVE the movies. That's why Bill and I are going to Maine over my fall break. I have no idea what we'll do there, but I have never been to Maine and I am dying to see the sea. It'll probably be cold and blustery, but I don't care. Glad to see you spinning!

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  17. I love those movies, too. Love her clothes and the way she talks. And Caleb...what a cutie he was and the way he embraced her from the beginning was so sweet. Glad you aren't just staring anymore. Too much of that leads to staying in the bed with the covers over your head...don't want that to happen! :-)

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  18. How interesting that you just brought this up, as I have just watched the movie. on the telly last weekend! Coincidence? I must say that I really enjoyed it as I'm not much of a movie person.
    I'm glad to see your up and about, feeling a little better too I hope. Maa

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  19. Sarah Plain and Tall trilogy I have and love those movies.. and wish I had a knit pattern to share.. sorry -- my heart smiles to know you are planing a new project .. share when you do find a pattern.. hugs..keep singing by friend!

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  20. I love Sarah's clothes too. Such good movies.

    Paula

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  21. Oh good choice for staring and dreaming. That hat is something special, isn't it? Hope that you hear of or create a pattern. It'd be very nice.

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  22. Love Sarah Plain and Tall, don't have the movies though, maybe I will put it on my wish list.

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  23. First of all, I am so happy to hear that you're feeling a bit better, a bit more inspired! I have been praying for you lots, my friend.

    Secondly (thirdly, fourthly, etc.)...the similarities continue! Are you sure that we're not sisters separated at birth? ;-)
    You commented on my daughter's blog that you worshipped at home for several years, and now belong to a home fellowship. Us too!
    And guess who watched Skylark this weekend!

    Hmmmm...I don't knit. Oh well...

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  24. Fondly remember that series - used to have it on VHS - but don't have a VCR anymore and need to replace it (along with a ton of other old favorites) with DVD. Of course, they're becoming obsolete with downloading and blue ray and whatall! My daughter and I tried hand spinning when we were homeschooling many years ago. She caught on but I fumbled. Your spinning wheel looks like great fun to work - and keeping the windows open - how I'd love it! But not with three digit temps!
    Joy!
    Miss Kathy

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  25. Such a beautiful story of grit and love-it was my daughter's favorite when she was young. I love it too, of course.
    I see you spin. My husband and I had a beloved giant malumute that was a "woolie"-meaning he had a "down" undercoat that he would shed. We saved all this the years we had him and had it washed, carded, and spun. He has passed on, but now we have this beautiful yarn to remember him by.
    So glad to hear you are feeling better.

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  26. I wish we lived close enough for you to teach my daughters to spin! Wonderful, Debbie, and I'm glad for the sweet breeze of refreshment that God gave you today.

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  27. You and I are in the same technological century, I see...

    And as far as inspiration, what a great idea! I love that trilogy as well. I'm prone to break into The Cuckoo Song from the first one at random moments.

    Sing Cuck-ooo

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  28. I would love to dress like that. Do you think people would think I was the crazy retired kindergarten teacher if I started sporting long dresses with pinnafores?

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  29. I don't think I've ever seen that movie in its entirety. Looks like fun!
    I love seeing these picks of your home. I love that leather chair!
    Sending much love to you, Debbie!

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  30. Oh, I love the Sarah Plain and Tall trilogy as well.... and her style in these lovely movies is perfect. Not too fancy or fussy but every bit feminine. I wish I had a pattern or info for the hat/scarf but I do not. I love the chair you have next to the television. Very cool.

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  31. I love Sarah Plain and Tall! That bonnet and scarf set is beautiful! I hope someone finds a pattern for you. I wonder if you could find it on Ravelry? I'm so glad you found something to stare at and in turn be inspired. We are not in the 21st century yet either. We don't even have cable or satellite. Happy spinning!

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  32. Oh I admire you. My good friend cards and spins her own wool. Akk, I cannot spin. It drives my dyslexic brain crazy. I bow down to you xoox Clarice

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  33. Debbie - I was sitting in the living room eating some sherbet to cool off, when into my mind appeared an image of a spinning wheel on your blog! I'd seen it a few days ago, but was unable to post - it suddenly came back to me!

    Enjoy your spinning!!! :)

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  34. The pattern for Cassie's hat can be found on Rivelry.com. Search "Marlen Roberts Patterns". The cost is $5.99 for the pattern.

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