Sunday, October 19, 2008

In which we prepare for the cold

It was a lovely fall Saturday, and Hitty Joanna, Hitty Rosemary and I decided to put on our new fall clothes to go outside to get some sunshine.  The Autumn Joy Sedum has turned a lovely shade of deep rose.  It seems like only yesterday when it looked like pale green cauliflower!

I wore my brand new winter bonnet that Jen made from a Gail Wilson kit.  I think it looks rather nice with my fall dress and pinafore.


Hitty Joanna wore a new crocheted cape that Jen made using a pattern she'd found on the web back in January 2003 - guess it needed to wait in the project queue a while!  She used Frog Tree alpaca wool.  It was the first time she'd worked with fingering weight wool.  Hitty Joanna was pleased with the results!  I hope that Jen will make more.  Another trip to the yarn shop to pick out some new colors is in order, don't you think? 

Hitty Rosemary (who is Hitty Beatrix's twin sister), wore the new hooded cape that Jen made using the same Gail Wilson kit from which the winter bonnet, nightgown and cap came.  I think she was a bit over dressed, but she was excited to try it out.   There will be days when it is needed soon enough, I'm afraid.

We brought in the potted scented geranium and basil plants for fear of frost tonight.  We hope that we can keep them alive through the winter.  I'm afraid that Jen doesn't really have a green thumb, so we'll see.

- Hitty Grace

Sunday, October 12, 2008

In Which Hitty Beatrix gets a new nightgown

I had been hearing the sewing machine running and the iron hissing on several evenings of the past week.  On Saturday morning, I was taken from my armchair in the roombox on the piano and placed carefully inside my traveling box.  After a little while, I was taken out at a strange kitchen table that I did not recognize.  Jen told me we were at her mother's house, spending the day with her grandmother.  While the grandmother got ready upstairs, Jen produced a new nightgown from another bag and began to sew a button upon the back.  She then made a nice little loop for the button and then proceeded to use the crochet thread to gather the neckline and sleeves.  Then she took out a little circle with lace sewn to the edge, which soon became a little mob cap or nightcap.  She fitted everything carefully to my measurements and dressed me in the new nightclothes for inspection.

When the grandmother saw me, she said that I had a really sweet face and was amazed by the lace and little stitches used to make my clothes.  Jen told her all about ancestor Hitty and how her story came to be told.  That was just part of a lovely day filled with talk about many different crafts, gardening, house plants, fashion and football!  It was very nice to meet the grandmother person.

Here is a photo of me back at home, all ready for bedtime.

- Hitty Beatrix