“I went down into the garden of nuts to see the fruits of the valley…”

Song of Solomon 6:11a

Miss Hickory made her way out into the October garden, past the crape myrtle and past the tickseed, brilliantly orange in the late afternoon sun.

A soft breeze made the Coreopsis dance and inspired ripe pecans to gleefully release their hold on parent branch, clattering down, down, down to the ground below.

Fetchingly striped in brown and charcoal, the Pecans appeal to Miss Hickory, both as handsome family members and fellow sojourners through the World Garden – like all gardens, a home alive with wonder and fraught with danger for Nut-Kind.


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy;


O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.  

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


Wee San Francisco de Assisi has lived with the Wiregrass Hitties for many years, a blessed discovery in a (how perfect!) charity shop. He is daily a source of inspiration and delight for the Woodens and their extended family. Though Francis stands a mere 3.5 inches tall, his message is so much larger…



Helen Enigma Mask BMaterials required:

  • Size 40 Lizbeth Tatting Thread
  • Size 11 or 12 steel crochet hook
  • Stitch marker (A contrasting bit of thread or tiny safety pin.)
  • Tapestry needle

Things to know:

Chain stitch, slip stitch, single crochet, half-double crochet, half-double crochet 2 together, double crochet

Note: Your last slip stitches tend to disappear, so be generous with the size of your stitch.

Chain 17.

Foundation Row (Top of mask): Skip 1st ch, sl st in next 2 ch, 1 sc in each of next 2 chains. 1 hdc in each of the next 3 ch. 1 dc in each of next two ch. 1 hdc in each of the next 3 ch. 1 sc in each of next  2 ch.  Sl st in each of last 2 ch. Chain 1. Turn. (16 sts.)

Row 1: (Work in back loops) 2 sl st, 2 sc, 3 hdc.  Hdc2tog over next 2sc. 3hdc, 2 sc, 2 sl st. Chain 1. Turn. (15 sts.)

Row 2: (Work in back loops) 2 sl st, 2 sc, 7 hdc, 2sc, 2 sl st. Chain 1. Turn. (15 sts.)

This would be a good moment to employ your stitch marker, marking the top of your mask.

Repeat Row 2 four more times. Measure the mask against Hitty’s face. It should tidily cover her nose and chin. Each Hitty is different, so add rows here, if required. NOTE: There will be a final row to accommodate Hitty’s chin – keep that in mind.

Last row: (Work in back loops) 2 sl st. 2 sc. 1 hdc.  Hdc2tog over next 2sc. 1 hdc. Hdc2tog over next 2sc. 1hdc. 2sc. 2 sl st.  Fasten off. (13 sts.) Weave in ends. (Don’t lose your stitch marker…)

Mask part 3bb

Adding the ties

Crochet a chain approximately 3-4 inches long. The length will depend on the circumference of your Hitty’s head and your ability to comfortably manipulate the ties into bows.

Join the chain to a corner of the top of the mask using slip stitch OR single crochet.  Work in every stitch along the top of the mask. Continue with chain stitch to form the second tie. Fasten off. Remove the stitch marker. Your “pleats” should face downward.

Repeat for the stitches on the bottom of the mask. Fasten off and work in the ends of the ties.

Created especially for the Wiregrass Hitties & Mad for the Farthing Crowd with generous assistance from the Huron County Hittys as a small and feeble tribute to the times in which we live. For those serving on the front-lines of our current pandemic, thank you and bless you.

CDC Guidelines/Masks



Though excited to attend the Halloween Ball, Hitty Mumsie was fairly certain this was the “Root of All Evil” her mum had warned her about, and so declined to dance.

Root of All Evil_2

Creader on the River

A heavenly fragrance lured Hedydd into the garden. The sun was bright and hot. A venerable Pecan offered not only shade, but played host to the bearer of the sweet aroma…the Confederate Jessamine. The vine had rambled and twined unchecked for many seasons, but this Spring found it so high into the pecan that it had run out of branches to embrace only to cascade downward in glorious ropes of rich cream and glossy green.

Confederate Jasmine

A sanctuary from the heat of an Alabama afternoon, the jasmine provided a wonderful hide-away for a little doll with a heart full of dreams. Perhaps she dreams of faraway places; perhaps of a sister called Jessamine…as sweet and light as the scented air.

Knowing I loved my books, he furnished me
From mine own library with volumes that
I prize above my dukedom.
The Tempest, Act I, Scene 2
by William Shakespeare


Hedydd was simply along for the ride. Still a-purse since yesterday’s errands, she stretched her wooden limbs and nestled further into the familiar hand-bag…if not completely sure where she was headed, she certainly knew it wasn’t THAT place!

From the dark, she heard a happy gasp, a flurry of cheerful conversation, and the zip of her hide-away being opened. In a moment, she was greeted with the sight of her favorite volume and more!

The Friends of the Dothan Houston County Library were hosting a book sale. Displayed in a corner of the room, some in a dear little suitcase, some neatly arranged for ease in viewing, were “vintage” books – all sorts. The first one spied was “Hitty, Her First Hundred Years”. Standing next to “Hitty” was “Twig”, and beyond “Twig”, “Penny”. Books indeed to be prized and treasured.

Friends of the Dothan Library Sale

Surely a kindred spirit had made these generous and timely donations!

Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field, Illustrations by Dorothy P. Lathrop

Penny, Story and Illustrations by Marjorie Torrey

Twig, Author and Illustrator, Elizabeth Orton Jones

Dothan Houston County Libary


The clouds were indecisive, not precisely lowering, but not entirely without threat. It was a mild afternoon, but Hitty Agapanthus still required a small wrap to ward off the moisture under the tall pines. Rambling through the garden under a irresolute sky provoked a delicious trepidation in the Small Wooden, allowing her imagination to take flight.

Hitty Antique Greenhouse

The antique greenhouse was gloomy-grey, the ancient breath of long-expired plants dried like dusty lace on the windows.



A fluorescent camellia on the edge of the wood offered a spot of brightness. Panthy strayed no further off the path.

Phantom Owls

The most delightful thrill of all were the Phantom Owls watching warily from the surface of the pond. Panthy blinked her painted eyes and they had flown, like her imagination, to some other secret world. But I suspect you can see them, too…


Dothan Area Botanical Gardens

No one seemed to be home, when Hitty Agapanthus knocked on the door of the wee fairy house on Green Street. She was disappointed. Perhaps the residents were about their business, tending the garden as it faded into Autumn, but surely someone should be there to greet her!

Gardens on Green Fairy House Door

Where have they got to?


Bearengaria, however, found a shady arbor and settled in with a very good book.


Gardens on Green Gari

A perennial favorite!


Agapanthus is not normally given to sulks, but having not spotted a fairy, in any garden, was still feeling out-of-sorts at the end of the day.


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