12 01 2015


Its a balmy 30 degrees today, no coat need in the barn although water was frozen in the chicken area.  It was very cold last evening.




For many years having a house full of cats I realize a snow day means lots of wonderful things to them.  Some cats sleep the day away but Willie knows that there will be birds in the lilac bushes. Most of his day will be watching them fly from the feeder to the bushes.


Sam on the other hand has found the newly mended sweater and will spend his day happily dozing on that.


Shorty has found a pile of wool which I need to put away and is napping on that and Owen and Baby are seeping together in a quiet room downstairs near the food.


The sweater was found in a box of things from Belchertown.  I had forgotten about it.  Its hand-spun from a wool and silk combination from my friend Ceacy.  Done in the early 90’s it sat in this box.   It had 4 or 5 mice holes and I was worried about how I would mend it.  Its not a great job but worked out okay.  I am wearing the sweater daily as the wool is soft and warm.


I can remember my Grandmother teaching me how to crochet this rug as a teenager.  I think it was a large project for someone who didn’t know how to crochet but I learned.  The increases were the difficult part and I learned a lot from making this rug.  My Grandmother was an accomplished crocheter.  SHe made elaborate tablecloths and doilies. It was a passion of hers and you could see it in her work.  I have gone on to make many crocheted things and enjoy it .

This rug had a few holes from years of wear and I fixed it as best I could and it will again be on the floors of this house.


  It was made out of Aunt Lydia’s Rug yarn which at that time was cotton. When cleaning the attic I found a stash of the yarn and an unfinished piece which I hope to finish this winter.

I find mending to be an uplifting thing to do.   You are making something usable again and the memories from the piece come flooding back.  I remember buying the wonderful wool from Ceacy.  I remember spinning and making the sweater and wearing it.  Doing the rug I remember the sweet days of my Grandmother showing me how to crochet.  Priceless moments that were shared between us.

Today we are having a gentle snow, the temps are warm and it may turn to sleet later this afternoon.  The birds are very active and its fun watching them.  I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole 

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.

Pea fowl at Pine Hill Flying to and fro Saturday while we were knitting.




6 responses

13 01 2015
Rita Kay Bergeron

I’ll always be thankful for the time and patience you took to show me how to crochet. I made a pink and brown Granny Square Afgan that now belongs to Niquette and each time I see it, I remember how persistent you were to get me to understand how to make this square. Thank you so very much!

13 01 2015

So nice of you to say and I do remember the granny squares. You did such a wonderful job. So glad Niquette has it now.

13 01 2015
Eliza Waters

What a lovely patterned sweater – glad it was salvageable. My grandmother taught me to knit and I always think of her when I pick up a pair of needles. Good memories.

13 01 2015

Thank you I am enjoying the sweater so much. I talked to my friend Ceacy today and told her about the sweater. We were lucky to get such gifts from our families.

13 01 2015
Eliza Waters

Is that Ceacy Henderson? If so, I have one of her prints, a wood thrush, which I adore. A xmas gift from a few yrs.ago.

13 01 2015

Yes it is. I bought my flock of border leicesters from her many moons ago. She lives nearby

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