Monday, December 31, 2012

Historical Knitting

The Jan/Feb 2013 (2013!) issue arrived and it will soon be on newstands.  It is the 7th Annual Historical Knitting Issue and invites us to discover Cranford's knitting ladies.
There are patterns for two projects based on Jane Gaugain patterns published in the mid-1800s.  What fun!
There is some serious knitting and many lovely reticules in that photo, yes?

"I do love knitting.  You sit and think your own thoughts, and nothing hinders;
you are infinitely lazy, and yet you are
accomplishing a good deal."  
Harriet Prescott Spofford / Harper's Bazaar, November 5, 1892
Rush out and get your copy.  How else can you  be both lazy and industrious?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day

A nice quiet day around the cul-de-sac.  Thankfully no bad weather here.  A little reading, a little tatting, and snacking (of course!) continues.

Monday, December 24, 2012


(postmarked New York, New York)
Dec. 22, 1911

Wishing you a Bright & Happy Yuletide.
Mother is getting along nicely thank God for it.  
We are all well with the ex-ception of baby.  She has got a cold.  
Box is on the way.  I guess it will be there by the time you get this.  
I sent candy..Whiskey.  Drink Hearty.
From Jim

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Keeping Christmas


How will you your Christmas keep?
Feasting, fasting, or asleep?
Will you laugh or will you pray,
Or will you forget the day?

Be it kept with joy or prayer,
Keep of either some to spare;
Whatsoever brings the day,
Do not keep but give away.
                     Eleanor Farjeon