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I am very glad that mamma shut me up in saying to me the other day, “ It is really of no my own little room, where I have my desk, and use getting anything nice for so careless and pen and ink. I should be quite afraid all by dirty a child as you are. You are never fit to myself so long, if I could not write, and had to be seen, and I am quite ashamed of you.” And sit still doing nothing !
yet, I try to be neat; but somehow I never can run about and romp like other children but I
either tear two or three tucks, or hook my frock It is getting very dark, and I can scarcely see my pen; but I must do something, for I dare stumble into some mud and splash myself all
on a nail and make a great hole in it; or else I not look into that corner of the room, where the lights are. Something keeps waving across when I am walking; and I am so pleased with
over. Then my sandals always come untied them, and nodding its head at me. Oh! how
the fresh air and the flowers that I never notice I wish mamma would come, or Miss Ricketts ! them, and they trail after me in the dust, and Au this long day I have seen nobody, except mamma says that is a sure sign of a sloven. Susan twice, when she brought my bread and water. I am tired of looking out of the win- I can't help climbing the hedges when I see a dow at those dark trees. And there is a strange pretty flower; and I am certain to get entangled white figure at the end of the avenue. Oh, I am among the briars, or to slide into the ditch and so frightened ! Mamma! come to me quickly! things; they walk properly along, and when
Lizzie and Mary never do such Wednesday evening.—I do not know what was they play it is very gently. After telling aunt the matter with me last night. I heard them Caroline all this, I asked her if it was worse to whisper something about fainting, and somebody be untidy and careless or to tell stories and carried me along the passage; and when I awoke be deceitful. I confessed how very angry I was in bed, and kind aunt Caroline was sitting I felt sometimes when I knew what naughty by me. She saw that I was awake, and she things Mary had done; and all the time she leaned over me, and put her sweet, cool face to managed so well to hide them that mamma mine, and kissed me. Dear aunt! I did love thought she was quite a good little girl; and her so. I wonder why it is I love her so very when there was any quarrel or anything wrong much! But Miss Ricketts says that I am not in the school-room, laid all the blame upon to write any more, for I am not well enough. And it was of no use defending myself; And indeed I feel very strange; and my heart for then mamma was more angry than ever, beats fast.
and said that I made false excuses, and that Thursday.—This morning, quite early, I had I was jealous because Mary was better than such strange fancies. Aunt Caroline slept with 1. I told aunt Caroline that I could not help me; and, when I awoke, I turned and looked at sometimes really hating Mary, and wishing that her. She was lying quite still, and her white something would happen to her, that she might eyelids were fast shut, and her pretty red mouth- get punished as well. I said how I had often a little open-showed two white teeth. She was longed to die, for then I should trouble no 80 pale and still, that, somehow, she reminded one; and perhaps after I was dead they would me of Miss Lyle, whom sister Lizzie took me to wish that they had been more kind to me. see after she was dead. I began to wonder But Aunt Caroline told me that I must be conwhat it felt like to die. It seems so strange to tent, and even happy to live; for that life was a lie still, and not see, or hear, or feel; and yet be great and glorious gift, conferred upon us by the same person. But sister Lizzie told me that our kind Creator, to be thankfully enjoyed and the soul was up in the sky. While I was think- carefully used and improved. She convinced ing about this, a bird began to chirp, in a low me how much it depended upon myself to be tone, and then another, and another; and by- loved—that no heart, however cold, could aland-by they sang louder, and it began to be very ways withstand affections-that I must perselight-with a strange, golden light. I felt very vere in trying to be kind and amiable, and faint, and it seemed to me that I was really useful to others. She told me that carelessness dying, and going to heaven. My heart beat so was a very troublesome fault; that it annoyed slowly, and stopped so often, that I thought it neat and orderly people exceedingly, and that if would soon quite stop, and í knew that then I I really wished to please mamma, 1 should let should be dead. But I was not frightened, but Mary's faults alone, however great, and endeafelt very happy; and now I believe I should like vour with all my miglit to become tidy and to die.
thoughtful. That in so doing I should begin Thursday evening.-I have been talking to to know myself, and find how difficult it was to aunt Carry a long time, while mamma and all cure a bad habit; and thus learuing huinility, I the rest were out walking. I have been telling should think mercifully of other offenders, and her all my feelings about mamma and Mary, try to make them better, instead of indulging which I am afraid have been very wrong. unkind feelings towards them. “My darling Aunt Caroline did not blame or scold me at Annie!” she said, “ do your best according to all; but spoke very kindly. I wish I could your knowledge: be humble, useful, and affecwrite down what she said; it was a great tionate ; and in time these clouds of your childcomfort to me, and I wanted comfort very hood will disperse, and the sunshine of a clear much. I first told her how mamma was always conscience will gild each day of duty and love." scolding me for being untidy, and about her I remember almost every word that she spoke, with her calm, gentle voice. When we had settled that I am to go with my aunt to her done talking, we went to take a little walk in pretty house in Devonshire, and pay a long visit. the fields; and before we returned, the great | But what will become of all my resolutions yellow, full moon had risen, and its light about being good at home, and making mamma mingled with the twilight, and all was so quiet love me? Well, I must bear them in mind until and happy, that we walked home hand in hand my return; and I dare say I shall learn to be quite silently. But I must not write any longer, neat and tidy with Aunt Caroline ; she has such for mamma will be displeased if I sit up late, a nice kind way of teaching. and I am now going to do everything I can to Farewell, then, thoughts! I must lock you please and make her love me.
safely into my desk, and help to pack up; for Friday.- Something has happened so delight- Aunt Carry is wanted at home, and we are to ful! The doctor has been to see me, and he set off early to-morrow morning. says that I am very delicate, and require change of air; and mamma and aunt Caroline have
THE WORK - TABLE.
MATERIALS :-Black Velvet Ribbon, one inch wide; rich purple Merino or Silk, of two shades, which must approximate; gold-coloured ditto, and a skein of narrow Russian Silk Braiding to match exactly with the gold and the lighter purple; 12 yards of gold-coloured chain gimp, and 4 tassels to match.
The diagrams being given of the full size, for it is of a bright tint, and that there is no great every part, no difficulty can occur in cutting out difference between the two shades, as they are the different sections. The octagons are formed intended merely to give the effect of light and alternately of stars, made in the purple mate- shadow. The star consists of sixteen pieces, rial, and formed into the proper shape by means namely, eight of each shade, and the same numof gold-coloured diamonds, which fit in between ber of gold-coloured diamonds. The yellow octhe points, and octagons of gold-colour, braided tagon may be either in one piece or in eight, the with purple, and edged with black velvet ribbon braiding being in four parts, meeting in the braided in gold. Purple diamonds, braided centre, as represented in the engraving. with gold, or vice versá, fill up the spaces be- In running on silk braid, it is often so diffitween the octagons; and sections of the same cult to obtain sewing silk to match, that it is (halves and quarters) are used to form the whole very convenient to cut off a length of braid, and into a square.
draw out the threads for sewing it on : this In choosing the purple Merino, take care that saves a great deal of trouble. Braid patterns
are marked, liked those for embroidery, by 4 diamonds.
8 half-diamonds, for the sides. The cushion is acourately represented in the The other side of the cushion may be of pur. engraving: it consists of the following pieces- ple or gold Merino, or black velvet. A trim5 yellow and biack octagons.
ming of chain gimp, and four handsome tassels, 4 purple ditto.
KNITTED MITTEN, WITH CUFF. MATERIALS :-18 skeins of black Berlin Wool, 4 skeins of scarlet, blue, or any other colour, and a small quantity of black Pyrenees Wool, or Netting Silk. 4 Knitting Needles, Nos. 16 and 17.–Observe, these sizes will make an ordinary-sized Mitten for a lady's hand; but if it is desired smaller, Nos. 17 and 18 may be used, and Nos. 15 and 16 if larger, the size depending wholly on the needles used, and the degree of tightness of the work.
CUFF.-Cast on, with the finer-sized needles, the left it must precede, the one with the 36 24 stitches on each of 3; with the black Berlin stitches. join into a round, and knit 2 rounds.
Knit plainly every alternate round. 1st Pattern round (Scarlet and black). All 1st. x k 4, m 1, k 2 t, k 3, X 4 times, on scarlet.
the needle with 36 stitches; the others to be 2nd. x 3 scarlet, 1 black X repeat all knitted plainly until otherwise directed. round.
3rd. X k 2, k 2 t, m 1, k 1, m 1, k 2 t, k 2, 3rd. X 1 black over 1st scarlet, 1 scarlet x 4 times. over centre of 3, 2 black X repeat all round. 5th. x k 1, k 2 t, m 1, k 3, m 1, k 2 t, k 1, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds. All black.
X 4 times. 7th. X 2 black, 1 scarlet, 1 black, 1 scarlet, 7th. X k 2 t, m 1, k 5, m 1, k 2 t, x 4 i black x repeat all round.
times. 8th. X i black, 2 scarlet x all round.
Repeat these, with the alternate plain rounds, 9th. 1 scarlet, 2 black x all round.
once; then, continuing to knit this needle in the 10th. Like 8th.
same way, begin to form the thumb on the 11th. Like 7th.
needle with only 6 stitches, thus : 12th, 13th, 14th. All black.
17th round (Thumb needle). K 3, m 1, k 3. 15th. Like 3rd.
19th. (6) K3, m 1, (a) k 1. Repeat from a 16th. Like 2nd.
to b, whenever these letters occur, the stitches 17th. All scarlet.
that follow the a being the centre stitches of the Two rounds of black. No more scarlet. needle.
Knit 1 round of eyelet-holes, in which to 21st. (b) K 3, m 1, (a) k 3. insert an elastic, or a satin ribbon, by making 23rd. (6) K 3, m 1, (a) k 5. | stitch, and knitting 2 together alternately 25th. X k 3, m 1, X twice, k 2 t, k 2, m 1, all round. Put the wool twice round the needle k 2. to make one, that the hole may be sufficiently 27th. (6) K 3, m 1, k 4, m 1, (a) k 1. large; then knit 2 more plain rounds. 29th. (6) K 3, m 1, k 5, m 1, (a) k 3.
31st. (6) K 3, m 1, k 6, m 1, (a) k 5.
33rd. K 3, m 1, k 2, m 1, k 8, m , k 21, k 7, m 1, k 2, m 1, k 3.
35th. (6) K 3, m 1, k 3, ml, k 1, m 1, k 2 t, k 4, k 2 t, m 1, (a) k 1.
37th. (6) K 2, k 2 t, m 1, k1, k 2 t, m 1, k 3, m 1, k 2 t, k 2, k 2 t, m 1, (a) k 3.
39th. K 2, k 2 t, m 1, X k 2 t, m 1, k 5, m 1, k 2 t, x three times, m 1, k 2 t, k 2.
41st. K 2, k 2 t, ml, x k 4, m 1, k 2 t, k 3, X three times, m ), k 2 t, k 2.
43rd. K 2, k 2 t, x m 1, k 2, k 2 t, m 1, k 1, ml, k 2 t, k 2, X three times, m 1, k 2 t, k 2.
Repeat from the 37th row once or twice, according to the length of the hand; then slip 3 stitches from the sides of the thumb-needle on to the adjoining ones. Take two more knitting needles, and distribute the remaining thumbstitches on three; make 6 by casting them on, and form into a round. Repeat the pattern, gradually taking in all the 6 new stitches. About 8 rounds will do for the thumb. Cast off, and finish the hand, taking up 6 stitches at the thumb when closing the round, leaving out the now completed thumb, and gradually taking
in these six. In this way the tightness so often Take the coarser needles, and knit 36 of the found at the thumb in gloves and mittens is stitches on one needle for the back of the hand, quite avoided. 6 on another for the thumb, and 30 on another Trim with a lace, knitted with black Pyrenees for the palm of the hand. Observe that for the wool; any narrow one will do. The following right hand the thumb needle must follow, for I is very suitable
Cast on 7 stitches.
6th. K 3, p 1, k2, p 1, k 2, m 1, k 2 t, k 1.
POINT LACE LAPPET,
MATERIALS:—Evans's Point Lace Cottons, with Boar's Head, Nos. 60 and 80. Evans's Mecklenburgh,
No. 1, and French white Cotton Braid, No. 7.
The'engraving of this lappet is given of as | diagrams are given in the corners) are great a width as is generally worn: it may, follows:however, if thought_desirable, be increased a third or a fourth. The length of a lappet is Boar’s Head, No. 60.
a. Twisted threads (Sorrento bars). Evans's about three-quarters of a yard. The two ends correspond.
b. English bars. Evans's Boar's Head, No. The braid is extremely narrow, and must be 100. put on with great, accuracy. The ground is c. Point d'Alençon. Evans's Boar's Head, worked entirely in Raleigh bars, with Mecklen- No. 70. burgh No. 100. The other stitches (of which d. Leaves, with a Venetian bar for the centre,