"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, February 6, 2013

reading mitts and my current read



On my needles Susie's Reading Mitts.  I'll finish the thumbs, hem top and bottom for picot edging then block.  The yarn is the alpaca, pygora, merino blend that was spun up before Christmas.. Love!

I am almost finished reading Emily Climbs which is book 2 in the Emily Of New Moon series.  I am a tremendous fan of the Anne books so was excited to delve into these.  L.M. Montgomery is such an amazing writer.  Every sentence is colorful and telling.  I will say being the prudish, conservative that I am, there are a couple of things that I have issue with especially seeing that these books were written with the younger reader in mind.  I'll see how it all plays out in the end but I get a bit squirmy as I read.  Shall I tell or would that be a spoiler?  O.K.... SPOILER ALERT!  There is much interspersing of pagan dieties and rituals.  There is a recurring plot-line regarding psychic and spirit activity.  And anytime 'Jarback' Priest (his name not his calling) is in the picture what is supposed to be (I think) beautiful goes in a wrong direction.  So, why do I continue?  Interesting characters and sensory descriptive settings.  Rich vocabulary...  The stories are wonderful aside from these lingering Victorian fad inclusions.  So, if I just keep it in its proper historical perspective the writing has me wooed.  I preferred the first book to the second and wonder how the third will compare.

"In my walk I went and said good-evening to the Disappointed House.  I am always so sorry for it- it is a house that has never lived- that has not fulfilled its destiny.  Its blind windows seem peering wistfully from its face as if seeking vainly for what they cannot find.  No homelight has ever gleamed through them in summer dusk or winter darkness.  And yet I feel, sometime it will come true.
      I wish I owned it.
      I dandered around all my old haunts tonight- Lofty John's bush- Emily's Bower- the old orchard-the pond graveyard- the Today road- I love that little road.  It's like a personal friend to me.
      I think 'dandering' is a lovely word of its kind- not in itself exactly, like some words, but because it is so perfectly expressive of its own meaning.  Even if you'd never heard it before you'd know exactly what it meant- dandering could mean only dandering. 
     The discovery of beautiful and interesting words always gives me joy.  When I find a new, charming word I exult as a jewel-seeker and am unhappy until I've set it in a sentence." 

Joining Ginny's Yarn Along
Blessings, Debbie

21 comments:

  1. Your mitts are beautiful! I love the detailing and great color-enjoy:@)

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  2. I've just been reading "The Blue Castle" by her - if you haven't, read that one, too!

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  3. I've knit those mitts and love them. Yours are beautiful and I bet you will wear them lots :)

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  4. Lovely mitts!
    I read all the Anne books last summer. Bliss.

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  5. Hello Debbie! Very pretty mitts. Love ole L.M. Back when she wrote there was a lot of spiritualism and mysticism going on, so I always just look at it from the perspective of it being an accurate portrayal of the times. Guess our ancestors weren't as Puritanical as we were all lead to believe!

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  6. I read all of the Anne books with my oldest daughter a couple of years ago. It's so fun to find new-to-me books by favorite authors. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Fantastic mitts.
    I really like Anne of Green Gables but haven't read anything else by L.M. I didn't even know that there was a series of Anne books, might need to investigate this..

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  8. The hubby and I have been up late watching episodes of Downton, and I've been longing to knit something reminiscent of the era...thanks for sharing these mitts today! Yours are lovely, I must say, and the yarn? mmmmm. Thanks for the spoiler alert...I believe we're of the same mind here.
    Blessings, ~Lisa

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  9. Your mitts are very pretty, and the yarn is lovely. I watched the Emily series on Netflix, and I noticed there were ghosts in some of the stories. I did think it was a well-done series overall, though. I have never read the books but plan to some day. I'm visiting from Yarn Along.

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  10. It is funny you say that about Emily books. I had heard of them for years, and I finally got around to reading them. To say I was shocked was an understatement. I have thought about picking it up and reading it again. It just leaves me with sadness so I don't. Kinda like reading the the very last book in the Anne series. Just not what I expected.

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  11. that's one of my favorite fingerless mitts patterns!!! (that and fetching are the go-to ones!) Love the color.

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  12. Your knits are beautiful - I also read those L.M. Montgomery books, I've never outgrown her!

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  13. I have loved all the Anne books, but have not read anything else by L.M.M.

    I too think you knit beautifully!

    Deanna

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  14. I have read all the Anne series too but not the others by LM M.
    Your fingerless gloves are lovely but the tip of my fingers gets so cold that I can't wear them unless they have a little cap that goes over them and still my finger tips gets cold.

    I am not prudish in the least and I don't know why, but I think that I would like reading anything written by that author.

    JB

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  15. interesting reading..and your reading gloves...oh my, in Texas we never have cold hands...LOL Your work is beautiful

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  16. A sweater sleeve got to tiny for me to knit. I CAN NOT imagine trying to knit a thumb! Amazing. You are just amazing.
    I hope the books become favorites for you. Have you read my friend, Kristen D. Randle's books? Did I find you through her? They are mostly for young adults, but all great reads with characters you 'know' or want to know.
    Give them a try.

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  17. There just isn't enough time to read everything I want to read!!

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  18. I love this pattern! I made some very similar from a pattern I found in a Louisa Harding book.

    As far as L.M. Montgomery goes, I fancy her books to the utmost. I have only read one of her Emily books, however.

    Oh, and as for smocking...(I jump around with topics)...you really should begin smocking for your grandbaby now; so many cute things to smock for little ones! I consider the thought that I should even begin for future grandchildren...Witt and Claire have been married three years this May.

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  19. Beautiful mitts -- just gorgeous. And I love the color. They would go with anything, yet are lovely in and of themselves! -- Kathy at http://www.needleandspade.com

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  20. Your mitts are looking great - thanks for sharing your thoughts about the Emily series.

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  21. I love the Emily books, though I cry every time her father dies. Have you read any other LLM books? I think I've got all of them and haven't found a bad one yet.

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