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the Happy Gang

February 26, 2023

warning – this is going to be long and picture heavy

we are here today to introduce you to a new member of the Happy Gang

our very own Hitty has come to join us

there she is in the corner of the drawer

it keeps her safe until we can find her her very own little chair

she wanted to sit with the bears but their chair is rather crowded

she arrived at the front door bundled up against the cold and the snow that was forecast

along with a jar of homemade marmalade and a beautiful Hitty sized quilt

it is only 6.5×7 inches – each square is 1 inch

if you click on the picture you will see the tiny stitches in the white blocks and the black chain stitch around the border

it is a treasure

but there is Hitty herself – she came with a suggested name – Abigail – and it suits her

she was carved by Kjerstin from the wood of a Japanese cherry tree that grew in the yard of author Joy Kogawa’s childhood home

this is Kjerstin’s story and you can read about here   and here with all the history  (this is a must read!!)

she came with her exquisite hand stitched wardrobe

look at those tiny button holes and the red knitted bodice, a warm flannel under skirt and lace trimmed pantaloons

I have her permission to show her wooden beauty marks

she was unexpected and the most astonishing surprise

welcome Abigail we can’t wait to see what fun we will have together

 my heartfelt “thank you” to Kjerstin and all the Hittys for allowing her to come and live with us

 now I am going to sit by the fire with the Happy Gang while Rosie reads them a story


10 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathy permalink
    March 5, 2023 4:48 pm

    Welcome to the family, Abigail. I am sure you will have many good adventures with the bears.
    What a privilege to have your very own Hitty. I know how special these dolls are to you. Enjoy!


    • March 5, 2023 9:50 pm

      Hi Kathy – Rosie is getting used to another girl in the gang, we’ll see what they get up to together. You will have to come and have tea with them. Don’t tell James, he is thinking of having me “locked up”!!


  2. claire93 permalink
    March 4, 2023 9:23 am

    what a lucky lady you are to have a Hitty in your life – I admired her and loved her story on Kjerstin’s blog and look forward to seeing what she gets up to on yours.


    • March 4, 2023 10:23 am

      Claire – I was surprised and delighted to have a Hitty join the gang, the bears are planning some adventures.


  3. February 28, 2023 10:20 pm

    Oh, you’re so fortunate to have a Hitty join the family! And she is very lovely, those beautiful grain marks are lovely, and her story…. what a treasure!


  4. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    February 27, 2023 2:28 am

    Abigail is amazing! I am so glad she has come to join the Happy Gang.


    • February 27, 2023 10:00 am

      Sue – yes, Kjerstin’s work is amazing and the story of Abigail is also wonderful. The author Joy Kogawa and the wood from the tree is another part of the whole. Her book “Obasan” (grandmother) tells the story of the Japanese internment in Canada and B.C. during WW 11. It is well worth a read, she has a beautiful way with words.

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  5. February 26, 2023 2:09 pm

    Gorgeous. How very, very lovely


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