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“Annie, Annie! You Filled Our Life With A Song!”

In the sewing room today, Raggedy Ann was feeling a little blue about her rôle in Enterprise State Community College’s production of “Annie”, that splendid musical about a plucky orphan during the Great Depression.  It will require some adjustments in her physique and costume, as well as some gymnastics that might tax even the most accomplished actor. Despite her trepidation, Raggedy Ann is full of heart.

Make Do and Mend

No lines, but a great opportunity to shine!

Knitnoid will be making his debut as the “Dead Mouse”, and is prone to get over-excited about his moment on the big stage. Both Raggedy and Agapanthus try to calm the young actor, hoping that all that restless energy can be subdued before the crucial scene. It wouldn’t do to have the dead mouse wiggle!


Nitnoid: of no consequence, minimal or not significant


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SNOW…had been anticipated, longed for, as well. It is a rarity in the Wiregrass and, however lovely, comes with its own issues. It arrived in the early hours of the morning, falling beautifully against the golden lights in cozy homes.

Now, way down here, no one really knows how to negotiate snow and ice properly, neither persons nor plants. As the sun melted thin snow from the patio rooftop, it was a surprise to find icicles forming on the Gardenia, lodged in the shadows below.

Gardenias In Ice 2018

Hitty Agapanthus offers consolation to the shivering Gardenia, hoping for a swift recovery and a vibrant Spring.

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Old Wreath Christmas

The children’s wreath from years ago, seams split, ribbons faded.

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Yorick, between engagements, is always eager to be of assistance, even in the Costume Shop…er, sewing room. Helping hands he cannot provide, but today his discerning eye and impeccable good taste compelled him to give a nod of approval to Agapanthus’s selection of silk flowers for seasonal floral crowns intended for two Little Girls.

Flower Crown

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“…just being here is winning…”


Bee 2 copy

Agapanthus as Leaf Coneybear. “Home-schooled from the Basin”.

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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.


Brave Hana balances carefully as she adjusts the prosthetic beak.


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.


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.


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.


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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