'Tis a joy to be simple,
tis a joy to be free,
tis a joy to come down where we ought to be...'
an excerpt from Simple Gifts.
Earlier this summer Ken and I became supporting members of the Canterbury Shaker Society in Canterbury, NH. As the shaker community ages, it's membership is sadly dwindling. In order to preserve the rich history and impeccable workmanship of the Shakers, many of the old New England Shaker communities have become working museums.
Canterbury's Shaker organization not only offers tours of the many buildings that were and are still used by the few shakers left, but also many wonderful workshops and entertaining programs. To read an interesting article about the New England Shaker communities, take a visit here.
Today we ventured down to see the Enfield Shaker Singers, from another Shaker society in Enfield, NH, who were performing in Canterbury. What a treat! The singers, all very talented, performed what would have been a typical church service and let me tell you, those Shakers knew how to have fun in church! Many of the songs were reminiscent of Irish pup songs, only with words of course that reflected their beliefs. The audience was toe tapping and clapping along. The words of those from years ago, still hold many truths for today.
Shakers believed in living a simple and useful life.............very inspiring!
And yes, even a little knitting.................
I must admit that I am a bit happy to be knitting something other than hats...LOL On the needles is a scarf of my own creation using a skein of my Red Maple Sock yarn and a skein of Doucuer et Soie. I am working the scarf lengthwise, alternating rows of knit and purl ribs and I will put a ruffle along the bottom edge
(if I can figure out how..)
I love the combination of the 2 yarns.....it is making for a very soft and colorful scarf!