Autumn of my soul….

AUTUMN OF MY SOUL

 

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SEPTEMBER  

‘Best I love September’s yellow,                                                                                                               morns of dew-strong gossamer,                                                                                                           Thoughtful days without a stir,                                                                                                                      Rooky clamours, brazen leaves,                                                                                                                   Stubble dotted over with sheaves –                                                                                                             More than Spring’s bright uncontrol                                                                                              Suit the Autumn of my soul.’                                                            

 ~ Alex. Smth

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“Goldenrod is one of the fairy, magical flowers…..”
~ Margaret Fuller

Goldenrod is one of the fairy magical flowers of autumn color and scenery

Lovely Lady Bug seems to find goldenrod quite magical.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

Beautiful Autumn Days with out a stir.

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Pumpkins ripe in or from the field ….. Suite the Autumn of my soul!

 

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

Brazen yellow leaves of September.

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The Autumn of my soul enjoys the many colors of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

Happy First day of fall.

What suites the autumn of your soul? The beautiful colors, do you have a favorite? Cooler weather? Comforting foods – pumpkin (everything), soups, homemade breads?

Do you decorate - inside or out or both. I enjoy both

Do you decorate your home and outside. I enjoy decorating both!

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It’s still rather hot and humid for many of us…….

So join me under the  shade of the drooping sunflower umbrella where we can chat and knit our Tasha Tudor Style shawls. It’s a calm relaxing knit whether you are a beginner or experienced knitter. You can find the PDF pattern or completed shawls on sale for Fall in my etsy shop.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_feat_2

From a Happy Customer

5 out of 5 stars  *****

 Angela Oct 2 , 2016

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!

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Peaceful, calm Autumnal  knitting….

 

OR ~  you can order a custom hand knit shawl, like Emily is wearing.

~ My hand-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘KINDRED SPIRIT’ VERMONT WOOL SHAWL, here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/142839/cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit-vermont-wool-handknit-shawl

 

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A happy customer wearing her custom knit Tasha Tudor style  shawl

OR  ~ a beautiful Red TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘COTTAGE ELEGANCE’ COTTON SHAWL, here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/225866/cottage-elegance-red-cotton-shawl-hand-knit

Here are a few of my handmade fall toy / decoration as well.

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The Candy Corn Man……

You can find the Candy Corn Man, here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/148163/candy-corn-man-organic-stuffed-felt-toy-fall-decoration-halloween

Have a beautiful day!

~ Take Joy, Melissa

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“Cottage Elegance” ~ “Kindred Spirit Shawl” Pattern

ターシャ·テューダースタイルハンドニットショールパターン Tāsha· te~yūdāsutairuhandonittoshōrupatān Tasha tudor style hand knit shawl Pattern PDF elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com cottage elegance hand knit shawl prairie hand knit shawl simple Elegance knitting After much starting, proof reading – restarting,  gauging, sourcing. Trade marking, copyrighting, watermarking , technical lumps, bumps and hurdles……..

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You might enjoy viewing my New Post –  Old ~ January 2016

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Emma – Rose, Sally-Marie, Sally Anne and I Take Joy in letting you know that we have a limit number of “doll shawls”  (the three pictured) available in my etsy shop here….

https://www.etsy.com/listing/237556163/hand-knit-china-doll-shawls-vermont-wool?ref=shop_home_active_1

And  my pattern to knit your own Tasha Tudor style shawl is now available…….

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

That the PDF downloadable pattern for my “Cottage Elegance” Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” shawl – is available in my etsy shop. The PDF pattern tells the story of how I came to design my shawls with the instructions for knitting grey wool shawl I am wearing in the top picture and suggestions for knitting your dolls a shawl – like the girls are wearing in the above picture.

This pattern includes a few bonuses. Such as…

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Tasha Tudor style “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl”

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***** “A beautiful, perfect, warm, lovely shawl. (Think I like it?) Melissa is a wonderful, friendly person to do business with. You will not be disappointed!!!!!”

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Here you see a little bit longer version of my “Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” Full instruction in my PDF pattern available in my etsy shop: elegantlyhandmade.etsy.com

I have also included a basic “Man about the Cottage Neck Warmer scarf”

A five star review from a wonderful lady who purchased a knitted scarf.

***** ” My husband loves it (Christmas gift)…thank you!”
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This scarf would make a nice gift for a man, teenager or to layer with your shawl, as we so often see Tasha doing.!!

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

Five star rating from a customer in another country.

****”Thank you for the knitting pattern!”

Yes, you can translate my pattern into your language, after you purchase it!

Forever Christmas Red Tasha Tudor Style Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Vermont Wool Hand knit shawl PDF Pattern elegantlyhandmade.etsty.com

Here is my “Cottage Elegance Forever Christmas Red” Shawl knit in a lovely Berry red, cozy soft Vermont wool and mohair yarn. Instructions in my PDF Pattern

 

~In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl with instruction for knitting your very own Tasha Tudor Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl” !

~Bonus instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use with different yarns.

~I have also included the instructions for my  “Cottage Scarf” pattern! This scarf  makes a great gift for a man or teenage,  especially when knit in other colors such as elderberry (Purple), Balsam (Green) or raspberry red.

My “Cottage scarf” also looks nice when layered with your Shawl. I have also included many suggestions for using left over yarn!

~ Plus a separate Tutorial pdf.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Cozy Knitting Nook – New Friends!

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Oh my, this looks like the perfect cozy, elegant cottage setting! The blue chair looks like the perfect spot to relax and loose one’s self in one of the many books on the shelves. I might would add a matching ottoman / foot stool to prop my feet on ( as I am short and my feet do not always reach the floor Lol ). Did you notice the two ivy plants trailing down from the mantle, aren’t they just lovely. Now I would move that wooded chair out , even though it’s pretty, I think I would prefer it in the dining room and add a lovely antique rocker in its place!  I can just smell the intoxicating aroma of the forced narcissus on the side table accented in the glow of the beeswax taper at its side. Such a beautiful little nook to sit and knit a Tasha Tudor style”Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawl” or maybe work on a bit of embroidery or other handwork. Please do have a seat and join me…….

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Here I  am, nice and cozy in one of my custom knit ~ Tasha Tudor style-“Cottage Elegance Kindred Spirit Shawls”. I knit my kindred spirit shawl a in a lovely shade of grey Vermont wool yarn.  I will share with you in the pattern where I purchase my yarn.

 

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

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl along with instruction for knitting your very Tasha Tudor Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl”, with the bonus  instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. Within my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use.  Plus my “Cottage Elegance Scarf” pattern, that works great for layering with your Shawl, many suggestions for using left over yarn!

http://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

You may enjoy viewing my new post – Old~January 2016

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2016/01/30/old-january/

 

Oh, Gran your shawl is so soft (as she is rubbing it on her face), can you teach me how to knit one - in purple!! Well, of coarse I will!

Oh, Gran your shawl is so soft (as she is rubbing it on her face), will you teach me how to knit one – in purple!!
Well, of course I will!

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A nice cozy corner of my home where I sit and knit. I have a couple cozy corners where I knit my Tasha Tudor style cottage shawls and work on my many other hand work projects. 

Do you have favorite little nooks that you have created and arranged in your home, just for you, where you can relax and take in the beauty around you…. looking out a window, a favorite picture or vignette ?!?

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Here I am with my new friends, Bethany Tudor – Tasha Tudors daughter, and my new china doll, Sally-Anne Tudor. I adopted Sally-Anne while traveling in Vermont. Sally-Anne has started on quite an adventure…….

 

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Sally-Anne was delighted to make friends with Bethany’s doll, Lucinda.
Lucinda was lovingly handcrafted for Bethany by her mom ~ Tasha Tudor.

Bethany and Lucinda have had the pleasure of meeting many Kindred Spirits.

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My doll family continues to grow ~ as long-lost relatives reunite 🙂 The girls got busy right away with their special bamboo and rosewood needles, helping to knit some doll shawls to put our little etsy boutique / shop……

I have a limited number of my 100 % wool from Vermont, hand knit doll shawls available in two sizes – in my etsy shop:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/237556163/hand-knit-china-doll-shawls-vermont-wool?ref=shop_home_active_1

 

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Sally-Anne:  ” How many more Tasha Tudor style shawls do we need to knit for our kindred spirit friends? My arms are getting tired. I think we should sell the pattern to those who would love to knit a kindred spirit shawl for themselves”.

Indeed, I agree with Sally-Anne!!  The pattern is now ready for purchase here;

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

Please visit my blog post where I share Kindred Spirit stories.  https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=3344&action=edit

 

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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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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.

Knitting Tasha Tudor.

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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_1

You can custom order a shawl in my AFTCRA shop

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

~ My Hand-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘KINDRED SPIRIT’ VERMONT WOOL SHAWL, available here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/142839/cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit-vermont-wool-handknit-shawl

~ My hand-knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE ‘COTTAGE ELEGANCE’ COTTON SHAWL, available here:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/225866/cottage-elegance-red-cotton-shawl-hand-knit

 

 

 

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

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/01/29/tuesdays-with-tasha-tudor-tashas-shawls-a-closer-look/

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

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/happy-birthday-tasha-tudor/

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

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/afternoon-tea-with-tasha-tudor-at-the-museum/

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Forever Christmas ~ in July….

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Merry Christmas – in July. Have you started your working on your handmade Christmas gifts?

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What better way to give a portion of thyself than in a well thought out meaningful and useful gift. And now is the perfect time to start making a list of the love ones and friends you would like to delight with a lovely handmade gift.

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Like Tasha , I also work on my gift’s throughout the year! so I’m not quite so rushed as Christmas approaches.

Then we are not quite so rushed as Christmas approaches.

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A little added touch to round out the theme of a gift is to include something purchased. Maybe a bar of soap, some hand lotion or for the kitchen maybe a wooden utensil.

I do however like to add some finishing touches,  when I’m making the finial decision of who ~ gets ~ what, it adds to the festive Christmas feel. Here is a picture of some of the types of cloths I hand knit  with the addition of some purchased, specialty bars of soap.  You could always make your own soap, have you ever made soap? I have not ~ yet!!

The many color and designs of my Hand knit face and dish cloths. There are many cotton yarns available out there some are very good and hold up well, and there are some "I do not love"

The many color and designs of my Hand knit  cloths.

There are many cotton yarns available out there, some are very good and hold up well. It is nice to keep some hand-knit cloths on hand for when you need an unexpected gift ~ such as guest bath set, they also make really nice gift set when paired with a wooden spoon, spatulas, candles or lovely decorative soaps.

Hand knitted cloths tutorials

My lovely clothes have many more uses than just face and dish cloths. 

Hand – knit cloths also make good candle mats, coaster, napkins, pot holders and hot pads. All you need to do to change the size of your cloth and it’s thickness by simply changing the size of your needles and the number of stitches you cast on.

 Tutorial for Basic hand knit dish cloth, pot holder, candle mat, napkin

Here is a rather basic  but pretty cloth.

You can also get differing effects depending on the color of yarn you use especially with the variegated yarns, like the ones pictured above.

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Tasha Tudor style Cottage Shawls, such as my “Kindred Spirit” Vermont wool and Mohair and “Cottage Elegance”  cotton shawls also make lovely gifts !!

I do believe the best gifts are handmade gifts and a gift  that a person will actually use. I have gifted my hand-knit cloths and shawls to many throughout the years and to see them in use in their homes for many years to come!!

***You can now PURCHASE My  PATTERN  to knit your very own –  Tasha Tudor style “Kindred Spirit” and “Cottage Elegance Cotton” Shawls Here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-hand-knit-pdf-patterns-cottage?ref=shop_home_active_1

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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

You can custom order a shawl – Hand-knit for your, Here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-70-percent?ref=listing-shop-header-0

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Tasha Tudor style ” Cottage Elegance Shawl.” hand – knit of Vermont wool and Mohair

 A hand knit Cotton C”Cottage Elegance” Shawl, Here:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/266957880/cottage-elegance-tasha-tudor-style-shawl?ref=listing-shop-header-2

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

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My Irish Blessings to you

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Blessings to You!

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A lovely Irish themed center piece for your St Patrick’s Day dinner! 😉

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Irish steam potato plate:

~ Steam russet or red potato, slice in half and top with

~ Marinated crimini mushrooms : Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt pepper. Let stand to marinate until mushrooms are tender.

~ Cabbage & Spinach salad: I like my cabbage thinly sliced~ slivered, finely shredded carrots, chopped baby spinach, the addition of chopped watercress is very nice. Add a dressing / marinate of olive oil, lemon juice, mustard ( I do enjoy a nice horseradish mustard), dill and onion flakes. Toss all together let stand to marinate.

To serve: place the potatoes and cabbage salad on a pretty plate top with mushrooms and grated or chopped Irish cheddar cheese..

Irish Potato Bessing

My biggest and flouriest potatoes to you…..

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For the Love of Potatoes!!

Thank you for stopping by O’Connor’s Irish Cottage.

You may enjoy my Irish Cottage style knitting here:

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/irish-cottage-style-knitting-with-tasha-tudor/

You will find some traditional Irish recipes and potato fields of P.E.I. here:

 

A Shawl ~ From Vermont

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Tasha Tudor Museum ~ 2013 Unending Delight

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2013 Exhibit at the Tasha Tudor Museum

while in Vermont this summer / fall we went to one of our regular stops, actually two ~ first was the Tasha Tudor Museum in Brattleboro and the second ~  A lovely sheep farm where I spied some beautiful light grey yarn, that was available this year.  I just knew I had to have some to knit My Cottage Elegance “Kindred Spirit Wool Shawl”  in the exact shade of Tasha’s shawl!!!

And what a perfect knitting project while traveling ~ so easy I can knit while riding (not driving) a long taking in the beautiful autumnal scenery of Vermont.

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Vermont – very loved, well cared for sheep. In my PDF pattern, I share with you were you can purchase your yarn from a USA, Vermont spinnery.

Have you been working on a knitting project ? I have been working on another Tasha  Style Shawl!  I love this style of shawl and have a better understanding of why Tasha appeared to be wearing one so often. The mornings and evening in Vermont have a breath of chilliness  (even in summer and fall) and this style of  shawl , hand knit of wool or cotton, is just the right amount of warmth needed. What I really love about this shawl is its sturdy, functional elegance!!

 

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Tasha wearing her shawl while knitting, from the cover of the “T.T. Museum newsletter”.

 

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The cool crisp autumnal air and colors in Vermont just invite you to knit….

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I love the deep fall color of burnt orange, which inspired me to knit my burnt orange cowl ~ available in my etsy shop!

 

….while in Vermont one must knit a Tasha Style shawl!!  So grab your knitting needles, a cup of tea and join me in a video tour ~ I made of my visit to the T.T. Museum

https://vimeo.com/73230569.

**** PDF PATTERN AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE***

My Pattern Tasha Style ” Cottage Elegance Cotton Shawl” and “Kindred Spirit Wool Shawl” is now available for purchase in my etsy shop:

In my pattern I share with you the story of my shawl with instruction for knitting your very Tasha Style grey  wool “Kindred Spirit Shawl” with the added bonus of the instructions for knitting my  “Cottage Elegance Cotton shawl”- as previously featured on my blog. With in my story pattern I share with you, what yarn I  use and  the best size needles to use. Plus more.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/236659762/pdf-cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit?ref=shop_home_active_

https://www.etsy.com/shop/elegantlyhandmade

 

Tasha Tudor Tuesday, Tasha Tudor, Tasha Tudor shawl, Tasha Tudor Museum

If you would like to knit a shawl just like our Kindred Spirit, Tasha wore? You can find out where to purchase the pattern – above.

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My doll family continues to grow as long-lost relatives reunite 🙂 They girls have all been quite busy knitting doll shawls to put in our etsy boutique / shop.

We have a limited number of shawls available in our shop here:

Large China Doll Shawl:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/253011631/china-doll-hand-knit-tasha-tudor-style?ref=shop_home_active_2

Small china doll SHAWL:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/237556163/hand-knit-china-doll-shawls-vermont-wool?ref=shop_home_active_1

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Meet Emma

Grandchildren

I am very pleased / proud to introduce you to granddaughter number “five”. Dan and I bought balloons to represent Emma and her two sister’s.

Emma's homecoming

Ready to welcome Emma home.

Emma's Boutique, from Aunt Chrissy.

Emma’s Boutique, from Aunt Chrissy.

It's a girl

Yes, it is a girl…#5

More flowers for Emma...from Aunt Jessica.

More flowers for Emma…from Aunt Jessica.

Hand knit baby blanket & moses basket

Ready and waiting on Emma. Here is the Moses basket all of the Grans – babies have used.

Emma's hand knit blanket

Here she is ~ Emma, all nice an cozy under her baby blanket.

Not quite sure about this...put the blanket back on,it's warmer.

Not quite sure about this…put the blanket back on, its warmer.

That's nice and cozy!!

That’s nice and cozy!!

I like it better when Gran is holding me...Okay Mommy or Daddy will do too!

I like it better when Gran is holding me…Okay Mommy or Daddy will do too!

You can custom order a hand knit blanket like Emma’s ~ from my Etsy shop Here:

UP- DATE I am not longer taking custom orders. Ask me about buying my vintage pattern.

 

https://www.etsy.com/listing/152124811/hand-knit-baby-blanket-crib-lap-throw?ref=shop_home_active

***Copyright** All content, photo’s  and videos through out this blog and Facebook are under copyright to Melissa O’Connor of/ and Elegantlyhandmade.

Brrr- It’s Winter in Florida

It’s been a little chilly in Florida the past few days – so it’s a good time to make some soup- I believe anytime is a good time for a nice bowl of soup 😉

Irish Celebrations

Being Irish, I find the best way to start March is with a comforting bowl of  Potato Vegetable soup, a good book about Ireland and knitting of a baby hat – of course!!.

Flip Flops and socks
                                   Florida winter foot wear =                                                              What else but Socks and flip-flops and the sock must match the flip-flops or at least coordinate. Okay – I may be seen donning these around the house — But not out an about anywhere, not even Walmart – if I were to ever go there!

 

Birkenstocks and Socks

Now Birkenstocks and socks (especially Maggie’s organic cotton socks,Thank you Dan) are “good to go” just about anywhere, but especially when shopping at Sunseed (our local Health food store).

Irish Blessing
To start off March, the month I celebrate my Irish heritage – An Irish Blessing from me to you!!

 

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.

Tasha Tudor old fashion handknit shawl Tasha Tudor knitting

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!!

Hand knit Tasha Tudor shawl and patterns pdf shawl pattern tasha tudors shawls a closer look.

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. !

 

Autumn, Fall Tasha Tudor Kindred Spirit cottage elegance hand knit shawl pattern woo birthday November brings Tasha Tudor Tuesday, Anne of Green Gables shawl, Jane Austen Shawl, Little Women Shawl, P.E.I. Shawl, Fall Thanksgiving Autumn with Tasha Tudor, Tasha Tudor shawl " Around the year by Tasha Tudor books

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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Tasha Tudor style shawl pattern Fall Autumn Sale Shawl for sale Etsy fall autumn sale Elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com

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

OR

*************AFTCRA ********************

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

~ My hand knit TASHA TUDOR STYLE VERMONT WOOL SHAWL:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/142839/cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit-vermont-wool-handknit-shawl

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

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/225866/cottage-elegance-red-cotton-shawl-hand-knit

 

 

 

Knitting TashaTtudor Style shawl

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!

FROM SHEEP TO SHAWL……..

 

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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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Tasha Tudor style ” Cottage Elegance Shawl.” hand – knit of Vermont wool and Mohair

Custom knit shawl available in my AFTCRA SHOP:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/142839/cottage-elegance-kindred-spirit-vermont-wool-handknit-shawl

Tasha Tudor style Handknit Cottage Elegance Kindred spirit shawl Hand knit by melissa AFTCR.com/elegantlyhandmade

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:

http://www.aftcra.com/elegantlyhandmade/listing/225866/cottage-elegance-red-cotton-shawl-hand-knit

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.

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HAPPY CUSTOMERS 

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:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/166646477/tasha-tudor-style-vermont-wool-shawl?ref=related-7

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ElegantlyHandmade?ref=si_shop

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 ”

Happy knitting. Please follow my blog so you will receive notification when I make new post. If you have any questions please leave a comment  ~  I would dearly love to hear from you !

Please enjoy some of my other post, here;

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/tasha-tudor-kindred-spirit-stories-of-inspiration/

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

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2015/07/01/a-doll-for-bethany-the-beginning

https://elegantlyhandmade.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/tasha-tudor-style-cottage-elegance-knitting-new-friends/

 

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

Take Joy

~Melissa

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