Happy 99th Birthday Tasha Tudor ~ Memories

I find many moments in my days where I think of Tasha Tudor and how much we have in common ~ as many of us kindred spirits do!

I first became acquainted with Tasha Tudor in the early 1990’s,  through two of my favorite magazine ( the kindred spirit connection begins), Victoria magazine and herb companion magazine. Just after this introduction, my daughter read, in the locale newspaper, that Tasha was going to be giving a presentation at the Opryland hotel in Nashville Tn, at he heart of the country antique show – now anyone who knows Tasha knows  her love of antiques and that she attended this show regular. So tickets were purchased and a short one hours drive to Nashville and my interest in Tasha was firmly grounded . The presentation was wonderful, Tasha was a delight to listen to and to watch draw. She spoke so eloquently and I love her tact and creative way she answered questions ( some I never would have the nerve to ask). She did indeed, lift up her skirt and show us her petticoat!! She drew several pencil drawing while speaking – a gander, owl etc that was auctioned at the end of the presentation. My daughter and I hurried off to the gift room to make our purchases before the long, one hour drive home. 😉 We were not the only ones who hurried in to the gift ~ Tasha and Seth came shortly after us to her set up for signing books. We did get to accidental ~ ease drop on some business that she and Seth ( I now know who he was – I did not at the time) were discussing before they realized we were there!

I thought today I would share some from my past blog post for your Tasha Tudor birthday celebration enjoyment.

I have been able to experience the joy of three visit to the Tasha Tudor Museum. I created a blog post and photo’s of the first two. I was given permission by Amy and Natalie to take and post the picture. (Please do not remove from my site with out my permission.)

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Afternoon Tea with Tasha at the T.T. Museum. You can find this post here:
https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/afternoon-tea-with-tasha-tudor-at-the-museum/  As you sip your Tasha Tudor Tea you can enjoy a slide joy I made of the above visit with even more pictures here:


The next and very delightful visit I had at the museum was the exhibit ~  Unending Delight Tasha’s world of Dolls!! You can view my post here:

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Daisy Brownthrush ~ a doll Tasha made for her Granddaughter, Jen Tudor Wyman.


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Unending Delight: Tasha’s world of Dolls.

I did get to visit the museum this year while traveling and hope to share that visit with you soon!!

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Now wouldn’t it be just wonderful to have your very own Tasha Tudor style Cottage shawl?? Would you like to learn how to knit a “Kindred Spirit” shawl for yourself??


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You can order a shawl hand-knit especially for you in my etsy shop here.https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyHandmade?ref=hdr_shop_menu

If you would enjoy learning how to knit a  Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance shawl for yourself, you can find my pattern in my etsy shop.

~ Here you will find the listing for my PDF pattern, to knit your won Tasha Tudor style shawl:    https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=listing-shop-header-1





~ My hand-knit  Tasha Tudor style COTTAGE ELEGANCE COTTON shawl, available here:



I hope you have a joyful, peaceful day, filled with lovely Tasha  memories!

Take Joy ~ Melissa

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Irish Cottage Style Knitting with Tasha Tudor

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Oh my, this looks like a perfectly elegant, cozy  Irish cottage setting! Please do have a seat and make yourself comfortable.

Photograph by Richard Brown.

Photograph by Richard Brown.

I do wish I could have sat by the hearth, on cool winter evening knitting with Tasha ~ watching her style …how she held her needles…how fast she knit …. just how many projects she has on the needles at one time…listening as she shared her wisdom and knitting experience. I did get to talk to someone very special about Tasha’s shawl and many other insights into Tasha’s life.

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O’Connor Irish Cottage Style Knitting  I : Now that you are comfortable let me show you how I how I hold my yarn….

First  ~ We will  bring the yarn across your small/ pinkie finger ~ just once ( sorry that looks like twice I do not know where that top yarn came from), the yarn really does not stay there after you get your yarn placed, and start knitting.
Second ~ you then bring the yarn to the top between your ring finger and middle finger. and back down between your small/pinkie finger
Third picture ~ bring the yarn to the back and across the back your ring and middle finger and up to he top, between your middle finger and index/pointer finger.
I have included a video from my Vimeo account (at the bottom of the post), ~ A new up-dated video coming soon! I hope will help ~ I am working on my production skills, so please excuse some of the focusing and back ground noises. If you have any question please leave a comment.

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O’Connor’s Irish Cottage Style Knitting II :

Next, we bring the yarn across your ring finger and down (to the back of your hand) between your ring finger and your pink / small finger

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Third  ~ bring the yarn to the back (this is the yarn at the top in the picture) and across the back your ring and middle finger and up to he top, between your middle finger and index/pointer finger. When your knit the index finger of course does a lot of the work and your thumb keeps your knitted fabric moving along. Since your yarn is coming between the index finger and the middle this will naturally be where your tension is controlled – naturally, you should not have to squeeze your fingers together,  you will achieve a natural  occurring tension as you become more comfortable with this style of knitting.
I have included a video from my Vimeo account  ~ A new up-dated video coming soon!


If you have any question please leave a comment. Follow my blog so you get notification of new post with about Tasha adventures~ seeking Kindred Spirits! I will be looking even closer at Tasha’s shawls  and have some insights from a very special friend. I will up-date you on the progress of my shawl pattern.

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I do wonder what Tasha is knitting ~ in this nice cozy looking picture???  Maybe another grey shawl? The grey shawl appears to be her everyday work shawl ~ so we would certainly need several on hand. I always have a “Kindred Spirit” or “Cottage Elegance” shawl on the needles. I find this type of knitting to be a calming knit.

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Here is the current Tasha Tudor style cottage shawl that I am working on. I do seem to always have one in progress because of the many kindred spirits who request for me to custom knit a shawl, just for them!

It is a bit hard to keep up with knitting for my gran-babies, daughters and my shop. So by popular request I have decided to offer my PATTERN FOR SALE, so that my friends can knit  a “Kindred Spirit” “Cottage Elegance” Tasha Tudor style shawl of their own.

My shawl pattern will include my  “Kindred Spirit” Tasha Tudor style grey wool shawl, with added bonus of  my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” – as previously featured on my blog. Along with a few extras.

My PDF / DIGITAL PATTERN  is – indeed ready for purchase and available for purchase in my etsy shop:


You can custom order a shawl in my AFTCRA shop

Quite often I have shawl off the needles and ready to ship








*Would you like to take a closer look at Tasha Tudor’s Shawls?


*Please join me on my visit to the Tasha Tudor museum, Unending Delight, Tasha’s World of Dolls here:


*Join me on my delightful visit to the Museum’s exhibit: Afternoon Tea with Tasha Here:


All content and photographs are copyright to Melissa O’Connor

Laughing ~ on P.E.I.

” Life is worth living as long as there’s a laugh in it” ~ LMM

Laughing on PEI


Dan and I ~just having a little fun around P.E.I.

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A Beautiful mermaid sand sculpture.

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion….. but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with the perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Anne Girl welcoming you to Prince Edward Island.   And wishing my red-head girl ~ a very happy birthday – tomorrow. I hope you have a very lovely day ~ Chrissy!


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Melissa of Green Gables 😉


Dan of Green Gables ;-0

Dan of Green Gables ;-0


Ceramic Dolls, waiting to be painted

Ceramic Dolls…Marilla and Anne ~ waiting to be painted!


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” To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson