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I received this darlin’ little gift set from The Red Tractor Girl—Winnie Nielsen. When she was earning her Intermediate Knitting Merit Badge, she learned to knit on circular needles, and because of that, I now have the perfect Apple Pickin’ Season accessories for 2013!!!!

Winnie must have seen the battered apple I had in my purse when we met up for lunch recently. It’s the last thing I always toss in my purse before I walk out the door. What a clever idea—an apple cozy to keep my fresh-picked apples free of bruises and scrapes. And some apple pie spice mix for my next batch of breakfast quinoa. The hat is simply adorable and the perfect fit. I’m all set. Much love, Winnie! Thank you. Thank you.



  1. Elizabeth says:

    Oh that is adorable Winnie! Nice work & so creative too:-)

  2. Laurie Dimno says:

    What beautiful work by Winnie! Love the apple cozy, too! I received on in a farmgirl swap a few years back and it is perfect for protecting your fruit on the go!

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Hi Mary Jane! I am so happy that you enjoyed your apple box and that the hat fits perfectly too. With the photo today of those beautiful apples ripening on your trees, it looks it won’t be too much longer before you can harvest them! I hope the weather is cool enough to wear my hat to pick apples. It is “me” tagging along and vicariously joining in with everyone. Apple harvesting is one of America’s best known Fall rituals and Farmgirls need the proper embellishments for the occasion. After all, it is a day of celebration when the apple harvest is nigh!! Int this book I am currently reading, the author showed financial records of apple sales in Maine in 1849. The top farm sold $75 worth of apples that year which was incredible money. For the same year, records show that 175 farms around Palermo, Maine sold a total of $2300.00. Apples were a mainstay of every family farm. They were made into cider, vinegar, eaten fresh, and preserved in every household. Apple orchards were the most profitable industry in farming according to the 1856 Maine Agricultural Year book.

    Then there is the legendary Johnny Appleseed based on the life of John Chapman who lived in the Wilkes- Barre region sometime in the 1790s and a practicing nurseryman before becoming a missionary.

    Don’t even get me started about apples!! Hahahaha!!

    No more bruised apples! Get an apple cozy today!

  4. This is so sweet! What a charming hat Winnie made. It looks like a perfect gift. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  5. Cathie Paul says:

    Beautiful job! I’m addicted to knitting so I can tell you truthfully you will soon be a fiber addict too.! The apple cozy is a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Annie MacSuibhne says:

    So warm and wonderful Winnie, bring on the autumn leaves and hot cider!

  7. Winnie Nielsen says:

    You just can’t have enough apples and apple paraphernalia in your life!! I BELIEVE that an apple a day keeps the doctor away! At least that is what my Dad always told us every year when we went up to Carter’s Mountain orchard, in Charlottesville Virginia, and got a bushel or so of apples when the Winesaps came in. Mmmmm, hot apple cider sounds perfect! Mary Jane, do you make cider from those apples in your photo today? Or are they cooking apples? I love the red blush against the green. Picture perfect!!

  8. Kelly O says:

    Oh my goodness what a sweet gift. I love the apple cozy. All of it though is just wonderful.

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