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The first frost has come and gone. It’s appearance was welcome and brief, the garden left undamaged. The pace of growth slows and mornings are chilly. Hitty Anne Sabine recorded one of the last blossoms on the Purple Sweet Potatoes. They had bloomed beautifully, albeit elusively, throughout the season, with dark violet throats fading to palest lavender.

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The sweet potatoes were an experiment, grown in bags, raised from slips, inspired by the North Country Hittys; encouraged by Miss Belvia at Aunt Katie’s Community Garden and the good folks at the Living Tree.

Tater Crop 2

It is a minimal harvest, but a successful experiment – enough for a jolly supper for the Gardeners, Guests and very small dolls. The potatoes must cure unwashed for a time, but even with the dirt, aren’t they are a lovely color?

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Perhaps it was simply an accident. Perhaps it was a deliberate act. No evidence was uncovered, though a thorough search of the garden was made. The missing was never found; the victim not made whole. Was this a bungled attempt at Murder Most Fowl?

Rather than play at sleuthing, the Hittys Hana and Agapanthus performed a Mission of Mercy for the old stone rooster and provided him, until such time that proper care could be rendered, with a somewhat piratical prosthesis and cozy beak-warmer.

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Brave Hana balances carefully as she adjusts the prosthetic beak.

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As always, many thanks to the Sweet Home Hittys of Vestavia Hills!

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Reminiscent of Lyra’s Cat-Hat in the film “The Golden Compass”, here is a simple pattern for a Hitty-Hatty for warmth, humor and resistance. Many thanks to the Huron County Hittys and the Quimper Hittys – kind friends and pattern-testers – and to Wizzy, always an inspiration.

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Materials required:

Size US 0 (UK 14, MM 2.0) double-pointed needles

Fingering or lace weight wool

Stitch marker. You can use a simple loop of a contrasting yarn.

Tapestry needle

Take a moment, please, to read through the entire pattern.

Gauge: 

These little hats knit so quickly, swatching for gauge is of little value.  Hittys come in a variety of sizes. The pattern is simple enough for instant adaptation for your particular dolly. Too wide? Either reduce stitches cast-on by four, or reduce size of needles.  Too tall? Reduce the rows knitted by two.  Too loose? Reduce size of needles.

Skills to know or learn: Knit stitch, purl stitch, 2 x 2 ribbing, knitting in the round with double-pointed needles, Kitchener stitch

Cast on 36 stitches.

Arrange stitches evenly over three needles, 12 stitches per needle, being careful not to twist the stitches.  Join to knit in the round. Note: I usually put my stitch marker on after 2 stitches, otherwise I tend to lose it and, really, if you can keep track of your yarn tail on this quick project, a stitch marker isn’t really necessary…just a good habit.

Rounds 1-4: Work in 2 x 2 ribbing.

Rounds 5-16 (Lengthen/shorten your hat here, if you wish.): Knit every round.

Arrange your work over two needles, 18 stitches per needle. Cut your yarn from the ball, leaving a good length for seaming, at least 3 times the length across the top of your hat, with a bit left over to weave in.

Seam the top using the Kitchener stitch. It can be fiddly at this small scale, so take your time and keep count of your pairs of stitches. Use your tapestry needle to weave in your yarn tails.

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Created especially for the Wiregrass Hitties & Mad for the Farthing Crowd  January 2017

The Quimper Hittys knit a marvelous interpretation with their Catkin Hats. Purrrfect!

 

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Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Luke 2:14

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We all have those peas in our lives…sometimes we are the pea.

Throughout the year, Grandma’s Favorite Dishcloth is knit during particular sporting events, when The Knitter can hardly excuse herself for sitting in front of The Box without something to occupy her hands…but not something that requires a great deal of thought or talent. Later in the year, every Christmas stocking beyond the immediate household is stuffed with those same dubiously handy dishcloths, both as a genuine gift and a poke in the ribs.

But before the stuffing of stocking or the mailing of boxes this Season,  Hitty Hedydd declared that the DD’s (Dratted Dishcloths) should be put to good, illustrative use in a Fairy Tale for a Kinder World.

 

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The 2 o’clock sun unfortunately filtered through the blinds, faintly illuminating the stage manager’s station. No need for a work-light during the matinée performance of ESCC’s “GODSPELL”. Suitably costumed, in case an understudy might be required, Hedydd gathered tools of the trade around her, to assist in the task of calling the show: script, com, flashlight, pencil…chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

Godspell Matinee

Day by day, or show by show, there’s always Hedydd

You can see more photos of ESCC’s “Godspell” on Facebook at ESCC Theatre.

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Throughout the year, the leavings of various needle-work projects, rather than being tossed in the bin, are placed in a special wooden bowl. Since most of the knitting, crocheting and embroidery is done for the Mad for the Farthing Crowd, they naturally feel an affinity for these bits and bobs and, this year, Hedydd decided to assume control of the intended project: helping birds build nests.

Yarn Over Bowl

A year’s worth of needle-work

Though Winter is just shy of being a month old, signs of Spring are showing in the garden: days are lengthening, daffodils are pushing through, seasonal visitors have been noted. Soon nests will be in order.

Yarn Over Crape Myrtle

The moss-filled hole in the old crape myrtle is a suitable place to cache roving and yarn.

Yarn was stuffed into suet cages and draped over the gardenia, over the privet, the rambling rose and the even the branches of the neighbor’s crape myrtle, drooping over the fence. There was certainly enough left to grace the front garden, Hedydd knew, and some to share with the neighborhood children.

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Hedydd hopes for many beautiful and cozy nests come Spring.

If you’d like to join the Crowd and encourage nest building in your garden, please refer to this article published by The Humane Society of the United States.

 

 

 

 

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