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The Gentle Art of Domesticity September 21, 2009

Filed under: books,General Musings — happystitches @ 20:47

I’ve just finished a book. That may not sound very earth shattering but my life does seem to consist of a lot of half finished books. I’m always three chapters from the end of something when I embark on a trip. If it’s a one time read I’m happy to take it with me and abandon it to another reader as I travel but if it is a keeper, I’m loathe to take along a book that won’t see me through my first flight.

This book I found in a wonderful yarn store Shall We Knit? In New Hamburg, ON whilst visiting my daughter in Waterloo. If you have the opportunity, do visit this delightful store, it’s a pleasure on every level, a lovely old stone building in a corner location in a typically attractive small Ontario country town. They stock a wide selection of excellent yarns and accoutrements and have very enthusiastic and charming staff.

Whilst I was there I found a bewitching book The Gentle Yarn of Domesticity by Jane Brocket. I nearly avoided it on the grounds of what I considered to be the vomit-worthy title alone, but the pictures and heavenly colours had me spellbound. So I decided to take a chance on it.

I’ve loved reading it and it’s changed the way I look at things! It had to be savored and read in small chunks, over a couple of weeks. I read it mostly on the deck overlooking the garden and I jealously guarded it against book philistines that might accidently sully its’ beauty.

I now find myself taking a new pleasure in things that I regard as everyday and I have even found myself photographing my tomato and fruit salads. They coordinated so beautifully that I accidently put the angelica in the tomato salad in error!

I have also found myself buying small lengths of fabric and I’m now having to dig my toes in against the lure of making fabric quilts. You have been warned!
To get a flavor of Jane’s book take a look at her blog.

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5 Responses to “The Gentle Art of Domesticity”

  1. jen coyle Says:

    haa haa haa, “vomit-worthy title”, that made me laugh out loud. I do love that book though, and you are absolutely right, it is best enjoyed one bit at a time. So beautiful.

  2. Dianne Says:

    Big debate on Ravelry as to whether it was you in London when Brenda Dayne was on the 4th Plinth…

  3. fibercrone Says:

    Selfishly, I would prefer not to be encouraging you from your knitting except for one thing. When I consider your tapestry-like knitting projects, quilting seems like a fantastic idea for you.

  4. Laura Says:

    I must be one of the minority when it comes to the title alone….it’s what made me read your post…..I love domesticity and yes, I think it can be an art. To me, it’s what one makes of it, and I always feel that my house is my home and therefore, it’s a part of what I make it. So glad you enjoyed the book, Lucy!


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