Tuesdays with Tasha Tudor; Tasha’s shawls – A closer look!

Tasha Tudo'rs hand knit shwla

Tasha ~wearing her shawl~  while baking!! Take a close look at the edge!


I have often thought ~ that upon closer look, the grey shawl that we so very often see Tasha Tudor wearing, does not have the yarn over lace edging that so many kindred spirits use for knitting their Tasha style shawl . This type of edging can be quite annoying when it catches on things ~ especially when going about your daily task in the kitchen, garden or even the barn.

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Photograph by Richard Brown.

So I designed and knit a shawl that I believe looks a lot more like Tasha’s. I think Tasha would agree  – do you not??   I have recently found out from Tasha’s daughter, Bethany that my shawl is in fact  just like Tasha’s and that her Mom’s grey shawl did not have the yarn over lace edging.

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The Private World of Tasha Tudor ~ By Richard Brown

What a delightful friend I have made in her (Tasha’s daughter). Follow my blog so you will receive email notice when I share new post about when I  meet her, along with my many adventures at the T.T. museum and around the town of Marlboro – where I discovered that the shop owners did , indeed know Tasha and she was a  frequent customer of theirs ~ Tasha and her chicken!!

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Tasha wearing her hand knit shawl while carrying kindling. Tasha Does make the task look so elegant, while wearing her shawl, neck and head kerchiefs.
Photo from the book – ‘The Private World of Tasha Tudor’ By Richard Brown

Tasha’s daughter has also shared with me many of her fond memories of her childhood, along with some wonderful insights about her Mom – Tasha’s shawls.

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You can order a shawl handknit especially for you!         Available  in my etsy shop  – Links at the bottom of this post.

I like the red shawls, too!! I get enjoyment out of naming them – ” Forever Christmas Red”,  or “A Brighter Garden”.     It’s like wearing a warm Cozy (Hygge) Christmas feeling throughout the year !

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Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

I know you will ” Take Joy” in knitting your very own Tasha style shawl ?

How beautiful this world is…….. ~ Tasha Tudor

I take Joy in the many new Kindred Spirit friends I see visiting my blog. I invite you to please follow along and share with me – the shawls or socks you have knit for yourself. Maybe you like gardening – I would love to hear about and see what you grow! Do you raise chickens? I use to when my girl’s where at home – I have a few chicken stories I should share sometime. Do you have a pet corgi or birds as Tasha. My middle daughter has a corgi – Jake Bones, I have a Yorkshire Terrier, Lady Mitzy, I call her” little girl” and she responds to that too. !


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I started knitting this T.T. style shawl after I purchased the wool yarn that had been spun from sheep in Vermont (Tasha Tudor’s home state). I actually enjoy knitting throughout the year. I find knitting to be relaxing, especially when it’s the type of knitting used to knit your Tasha Tudor style”Cottage Elegance” “Kindred Spirit” (Grey) and “Cottage Elegance Cotton” (red) shawls. I seem to always have one on the needles

I invite you join a long with me in knitting our very own “Cottage Elegance” hand – Knits. Elegant yet functional, sturdy – classic – calming knits.

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A peaceful, calm knitting….

 Oct 2, 2016 Review from a happy customer

5 out of 5 stars *****

 From Angela

Adorable, love it, will be one of my first projects after scarves, can’t wait to make it, excellent seller, highly recommended, will buy more patterns from, thank you!


************PDF PATTERN AND SHAWLS FOR SALE***************

My digital PDF pattern is only available on etsy, as aftcra does not yet offer digital

~ Here you will find My PDF Pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl:   https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=listing-shop-header-1


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You can find custom knit shawls on my other venue/ boutique – selling site – AFTCRA



~  My Hand knit COTTON Tasha Tudor style shawl, available here:





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Tasha style hand knit shawl  ~ in progress…

This is such a meditative relaxing knit…… I seemed to always have one on my needles!

Tasha Tudor wearing her hand knit shawl while quilting!

Tasha Tudor wearing her hand knit shawl while quilting – by hand!



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Yarn in progress!

I would like to introduce you to a few of the very happy, healthy sheep that love living in Vermont!

They enthusiastically come running at the milking hour in anticipation of the delicious treat awaiting them at the milking stand. And they are equally delighted and relieved to share their wool with us.

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Lovely Vermont wool….I spy white, brown and even grey yarn! Do you see the grey yarn?

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Custom knit shawl available in my AFTCRA SHOP:


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Emily in her hand stitched gown, wearing her custom hand knit Tasha Tudor style shawl that her mom ha custom knit for her.

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PDF Pattern – To knit your own shawl in Two styles, Cottage scarf and hand-warmers Plus many tips – Doll shawl etc

PDF Pattern – To knit your own shawl in Two styles, Cottage scarf with matching hand-warmers Plus many tips for knitting Doll shawl etc…

Available in my shop here :                                                             https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_active_1


Tasha Tudor style Hand knit red cotton shawl, hand knit triangle shawl http://www.tashatudormuseum.org/

“Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” At a customers request I designed this shawl with the addition of a button loop and decorative brass button.

You can custom order “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” Here:


You can take a closer look at the Tasha wearing her shawls in the many books about her Such as:

“Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts” by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown.

“Tasha Tudor’s Garden” by Richard Brown

“The Private World of Tasha Tudor’ by Richard Brown. ‘Tasha Tudor’s Garden’ by Richard Brown.



UPDATE : My burgundy shawl sold to a happy kindred spirit in Japan:

**From a happy customer in Japan**
“What a craftsmanship! Thank you so much for such beautiful works!”
She also purchased the wool Tasha Style shawl.
“Such a lovely item and very warm too. I really love it, thank you so much!”
You can find the wool Tasha Style shawl here:


From yet another Kindred Spirit in Pennsylvania!!

She was so delighted that her children had purchased one of my grey Vermont wool shawls for her (their Mom) as a Christmas gift. I was happily ~ surprised with a phone call from her ” I love my Tasha Tudor ~cottage style~ shawl. I love the wool it’s so soft and still contains a soft lovely scent of lanolin and I love that the wool is grey and came from Vermont where Tasha lived ”

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Here you will find a delightful story about Tasha Tudor’s Daughter Bethany and the doll Tasha made for Bethany.                                                                            https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/a-doll-for-bethany-the-beginning




Thank you for stopping by, please do have a beautiful day!

Take Joy


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Soups on…

I love soup!! Do you? What is your favorite soup?? I have many favorites here are a few.

Soupe De Jour -Potato Leek

Soup Du jour -Yukon gold Potatoes & leek…


Leek.. I love the natural designs inside of leeks…Food Art!

Diced yukon gold potatoes

Diced yukon gold potatoes

Potato, leek, celery soup ingrients

Potatoes, leek, Celery

Potato leek vegan soup

Potato leek soup.. diced potatoes, leek, celery, carrots.

Potato leek vegan soup

Potato, leek celery , carrots saute in olive oil.

 Add and continue to saute Yukon Gold Potato Chunks

Yukon Gold Potato Chunks

Soup ingredients in saute pan

Continue to saute add about 4-6 cup of water. Bring to a boil lower the heat and let the aroma fill you home as it simmers !!

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Is there anything more comforting on a cold or wet chilly day than a lovely pot of soup simmering on the stove. Whats more restorative than a bowl homemade soup and for this Irish girl it usually contains potatoes!! What is your favorite soup??

Jelly on the Beach

Jellyfish on the Cape Canaveral beach

Jellyfish that is….

Jellyfish – Beautiful stroll on the beach — but watch your step!

Jellyfish in sea foam

Jellyfish in sea-foam… this one had just rolled to shore in a wave!

Seagull on the sea shore

Seagull watching the waves roll in…

Jellyfish washed up on the shore

Jellyfish washed up on the shore.

Jellyfish-seaweed-feathers. A beautiful beach scene!!

taking in the peaceful beauty on a walk at the beach

Taking in the peaceful beauty!

Jellyfish in seaweed

Jellyfish in seaweed — take in the beauty but watch your step 😉

I hope you found calm, peace-serenity on our little stroll along the seashore today.

“Look at that sea, girls–all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn’t enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.”
― L.M. MontgomeryAnne of Green Gables

Tuesday with Tasha Tudor ~ Shawls


Tasha Tudor wearing her hand- knit shawl in the herb garden!

Tasha Tudor wearing her hand –  knit shawl in the herb garden! I find her shawl inspiring as well as her bay tree!!

Many of us take delight in escaping into Tasha’s world, through the many books about Tasha and her creative life. We can’t help but notice the lovely, cozy warm grey hand-knit shawl, that we so often see her wearing over her shoulders ~ in  the kitchen, while stirring up some delectable dish, in the garden while picking some fresh bay leaves, in her flower garden whilst eradicating those pesky weeds, in the barn while milking her goats……..


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Tasha wearing her hand-knit grey shawl in the barn

Tasha Tudor sitting by the fire wearing her hand knit shawl holding a corgi puppyTasha Tudor sitting by the fire wearing her hand knit shawl holding a corgi puppyTasha Tudor sitting by the fire wearing her hand knit shawl holding a corgi puppy

Tasha Tudor sitting by the fire wearing her hand knit shawl holding a corgi puppy




Tasha Tudor style hand- knit shawl

My design for a Tasha Tudor style “Cottage Elegance” shawl.    I like this picture of Tasha  wearing her shawl  while knitting. Found in the book ‘Tasha Tudor’s Heirloom Crafts’ by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown        ~Another favorite picture is of Tasha sipping tea standing at her green house window. This picture is found in the book  “Forever Christmas”    by Harry Davis


Tasha Tudor Style Hand-Knit Shawl

“Cottage Elegance ” Hand-Knit shoulder shawl! There are many version of the Tasha Tudor style hand-knit shawl. This is one of my designs . I have knit it up in a soft cotton yarn which best suites me, since I live in Florida in the winter.

I have noticed in my  many books about Tasha Tudor, that she is wearing a shawl quite often ~ almost year round. She is wearing her shawl as she goes about her task of the day — from the barn, to the garden, to the kitchen. If you have ever visited Vermont you would understand why…. Tasha states  ” I believe in keeping warm”!

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Knitting…knitting…. knitting along……. I do find this type of knitting to be very relaxing. Maybe I’ll get to keep this one 😉

***By popular request****

I am working  on releasing the pattern for both of my Tasha Tudor style cottage shawls with a couple of special features and bonuses ~ in true Tasha Tudor style.


My Pattern Tasha Tudor Style ” Cottage Elegance Kindred spirit Shawl”, is now available for purchase – in my etsy shop!

Within my pattern I share with you the story of I came to knit my  “Cottage Elegance shawl” including the instruction for knitting your very own grey wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl” with the  bonus  instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”-  in two variations, as previously featured on my blog. I share with you how you can achieve varying looks with your shawl”s by the simple choice of yarns.

Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use.  I also share with you a  pattern for “The Man about the Cottage Scarf,” A men, women even teenagers and children. The scarf  is a wonderful layer to your shawl on very cold northern days!!

I also share many suggestions for using left over yarn ~ such as a China doll  size  Cottage shawl,to match yours. A pattern for hand warmer to match your scarf or shawl.




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“Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”




I have sold a “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”   and a grey “Kindred Spirit Shawl” of  Vermont wool and mohair yarn, to a happy kindred spirit in Japan:

*From a happy customer in Japan**
“What a craftsmanship! Thank you so much for such beautiful works!”
“Such a lovely item and very warm too. I really love it, thank you so much!”

Have a cozy day!!

~ Take Joy, Melissa


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In The Kitchen with Tasha and Bethany Tudor

In The Kitchen with Tasha and Bethany Tudor

In The Kitchen with Tasha Tudor

In the Kitchen with Tasha Tudor ……..

Featuring my Soup de jour ~  Cream of Mushroom Soup, one of my favorites!


The Tasha Tudor CookBook. Recipes and Reminiscences from Corgi Cottage.

The Tasha Tudor CookBook. Recipes and Reminiscences from Corgi Cottage. A wonderful book filled with delightful stories that go with each chapter theme  and  delicious recipes. The stories Tasha shares with each chapter and receipts are delightful! 2017 up-date there is a newer version of the cook book available –  https://www.tashatudorandfamily.com/shop/home-kitchen/product/tasha-tudor-family-cookbook

When we stop and think about, we all have very fond memories around certain tasty family foods and treats or in some cases the gathering to partake of the meal. Such as the times Dan and I gathered around the table to partake of tastiness and share fond thoughts and memories with Bethany Tudor.

he Tasha Tudor CookBook. Drawing of Tasha's Wood burning oven/stove

The Tasha Tudor CookBook, features a drawing of Tasha’s Wood burning stove ~ Tasha has  such a gift of drawing you right into her kitchen and life, through her illustrations – leaving you with a nice warm feeling!

Have you ever cooked on a wood burning cook stove? I never have, but I used to sit pot and kettles on top of my wood heat stove ~ such as a nice pot of soup to keep warm, I also wrapped bread and muffins to keep warm and of course a pot tea, because I tend to drink tea throughout the day when I’m in colder climates.

Bethany Tudor, has fond memories of cooking on their wood cook stove. She said that is indeed, what they used while growing up in New Hampshire, and that there is  a few tricks to using one successfully, and can be a  lot of work ~ but so worth the end results in flavor and taste!!

The Tasha Tudor CookBook. Potato Onion soup

The Tasha Tudor CookBook. Potato Onion

I agree with Tasha ” I love potatoes, it must be from my Irish ancestry”.

I just love  the aroma that a pot of soup simmering on the stove gives to the home. Some of my favorite soups contain potatoes, such as my Potato cabbage soup, Potato corn chowder and of course potato vegetables! I’ll have to share my recipes with you sometime. In the mean time you can find a lot of nice soups and other receipts in Tasha’s cookbook! A long with the wonderful stories and the most delightful drawings!


The Tasha Tudor CookBook  features Tasha’s  Vegetable Soup!   ~ Oh my, the good old veggie soup ~ so many variations…. I even make what we call a left over veggie soup ~ can you guess what’s in it?

Although I do prefer home-made soups/meals, sometimes we do find it more convenient to eat out. When we have to we try something different / special such as this nostalgic old diner where we had a very enjoyable lunch with Bethany Tudor .

Bethany enjoys a local diner where they serve  traditional type diner meals and this one did just that ~  with the added nostalgia  of local ingredients ( this is not really ‘new thing’, just revising the past, with new flare).

Bethany and Dan enjoyed a hearty diner style plate of turkey, dressing , green beans and mashed potatoes, while I delighted in a salad of locale greens, cherry tomatoes, you know the colorful heirloom type, packed full of flavor and topped off with a local chevre!

I ,of course, had to ask Bethany if she liked vegetable soup and how she made her’s………

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While having lunch with Bethany at a quaint little diner.

Bethany shared with me that she too is fond of vegetable soup, especially on cold Vermont days. She cooks her’s with what ever  fresh and frozen vegetables she has on hand with either fresh or canned tomatoes and at the end of cooking, Bethany enjoys adding what ever left over meats she may have in the refrigerator, such as chicken, or beef, but she said sausage or pulled pork make for a very tasty soup~ indeed!

In The Tasha Tudor cookbook there is a tasty sounding Creamed Spinach Soup. I do live soups both hot and cold. And I really like spinach so I usually add some to most of my soups. I stir in generous cup,chopped, at the end of cooking, just enough to wilt it.  In the summer I make a cold cucumber, dill and spinach soup – just blend it up with one or two tablespoons of tahini (or cream, if you use dairy) and serve!


In Tasha Tudor's Kitchen, The Private world of Tasha Tudor.

In the Kitchen with Tasha and “The Private World of Tasha Tudor” by Tovah Martin and Richard Brown.

Now do you serve your soup by itself or with something, like a grilled Ham and swiss on rye, such as Bethany enjoys , she like her’s with less ham and more swiss ~ I agree but would totally leave out the ham!! Do you serve your soup as a first course as Tasha speaks of doing for Christmas? I tend to eat the soup as the main course with the addition of crackers, toast or sandwich. MMM….  Grilled cheese and tomato soup. What is your favorite soup accompaniment?

Have a delicious day!!

~ Take Joy, Melissa



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