What a good morning! I learned how to bind off, fix dropped stitches, and start a new skein of yarn with the assistance of U tube!!!!! Now, I'm back on track and knitting my hands off to get this finished because I have SOOOOOOOOOO many cross stitching things going on and to get started. I project to be finished with this by monday. XXXXXX my stitchy fingers.
I love this brown and green tween yarn. I'm half way done. Mr. Darcy is loving it. He has a brown leather jacket and a green jacket too. I will have him "model" it for you when it's done. He's quite easy on the eyes......LOL
Then I read "Blocking my project???" do I have to block this????? Well, I sure have all the resources now to go figure. It may be a little wobbly here and there but he knows it's made with all my love.
Still to do this week:
take the tree down
pack the village up and put the village people in their yearly home where they learn YMCA over again.
vacuum and dust
cook, clean, freeze leftovers
plan this week's meals
freshen up the guest bedroom ok, clean up the guests bedrooms
plan for welcoming in the year 2013 with a good time
finish Abe and Mary Lincoln models and frame
do about 25 loads of laundry---no kidding
get ready to watch Downton Abbey's new episode for this season
have a birthday party
I'm tired looking at the list. WHEW!
This is what Mr. Darcy cooked in the slow cooker last night.
It is scrumptious today for lunch.
He soaked the dried Navy beans for 24 hours
He cut all the good meat off the big bone and I froze sections of it for later in baggies
He added seasonings and 2 big hambones
I cooked it on LO in the crockpot all night.
This morning all the meat had fallen off the bone (which by the way went to Abbie)
And left this yummy, tummy-filling feast of ham and bean soup.
Yup, it was sooo good.
so if you have a leftover hambone this is a great way to make many bowls for freezing and good lunches for the winter.
Of course, Abbie was in HOG HEAVEN (no pun intended) when she got the part of the bone that was cooked all the meat off of.
She is not spoiled at all though. Really. :0
She has eaten and knawed all she can and hid the rest of the bone under the sofa, like I didn't notice, for later treats.
She is certainly a hoot. Now, if I could only train her to help me clean the house or do laundry.......
I hope this finds you learning something new and a good full, warm tummy.
I got up bright and early this morning, started the wood stove and made some coffee. Read alot and decided to finish up a design, Mary Todd Lincoln, to match with the sillouhette of Abe that I posted earlier.
I tried to adjust Abe's sillouette a bit by adding his first initial in the left upper corner but my computer will not let me transfer this new one right now. I have no idea why but if you want to add an A to his that would be good to have them facing each other in 2 black or dark brown wood frames.
These should be quickies. Since I'm flying by the seat of my pants this week, I have many projects to work on, XXXXXX my fingers to finish Abe and onto Mary.
I really wanted oval black frames. I'm going thrifting today so I might find some.
If you remember the posting about Mary Lincoln, the book I recommended is quite old. You might be able to find it at the library, It's called Mary Lincoln: Biography of a Marriage by Ruther Painter Randall. If you are interested in history or the Lincolns, this book is supposed to fill you in on untold stories and the REAL Mary and Abe as found in safety box letters.
The book was published in 1953 and is really good.
And here are the runner-ups for the Downton Abbey sampler. I should give it a proper name. :P
For the first time, I'm using Sullivan's cotton floss. I'm sure sampler threads with variations would look better! I wish I could use silks but cost is a factor.
The linen is 32 count Antique White linen.
I'm going to give it shot starting on this tonight. Right now, I have so many chores to do it's unreal.
I've certainly enjoyed being at home this week. Eating and sleeping till 10am and stitching.
My scarf for Mr. Darcy is stalled at how to change to another skein.
I royally (no pun intended) messed that up and had to frog out alot to get back to the normal part.
I hope to work on that soon as well.
I'm still learning humbly with this knitting!
I picked up before Christmas some yarn for a pink scarf for a friend at work. She requested this particular color. I got it back out last night and started it. I cast on 36 and while watching the Waltons, got off a bit but was able to find the error and correct it.
It's Lion's Pride Mixed Berries. She will love it as pink is her favorite color too.
This is smaller yarn that the other scarf and I'm using # 10 metal needles. I do believe I like wood much better.
As for the sampler I'm working on tonight,
The name of it will be
Downton Abbey: The Crawleys
"I'm an American. I don't share your English hatred of comfort." –Cora
"We've dreamed a dream, my dear, but now it is over. The world was in a dream before the war but now it's woken up and said goodbye to it. And so must we." –Robert
"Sometimes it feels as if all the men I ever danced with are dead." –Sybil
"Dear Lord, I don't pretend to have much credit with you. I'm not even sure that you're there. But if you are, and if I've ever done anything good, I beg you to keep him safe." –Mary
"I can assure you, at this stage, there isn't much that puts me off." –Edith
"No Englishman would dream of dying in someone else's house." Violet
This is a few of my favorite statements from them. Many, many others as I look at the episodes over and over on DVD. I can't wait until next week!!!!
I've been finishing up the design and a copy will go out, along with threads and linen to Jolene, the Christmas giveaway linen! I think I could work on it forever and find a few places to add/ take away, play with, etc.
Oh, how fun! I have been looking far and near for these sweet little
scissors. I would love a chance at receiving your Faith, Hope and Love Giveaway!
Also, I love the angel frame, it would look fabulous with whatever you choose to
display in it. Happy Holidays!
Here's hoping that all kind readers of this blog have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2013!!!!
The Fox homestead is cozy this morning. We opened gifts, Mr. Darcy and I together cooked French Toast and bacon, cleaned it up and now reading by the wood stove. As he is a early to rise person ( not me...LOL) he had been up early, early and built a fire in the woodstove to make it nice a cozy with coffee morning for me.
I had many Christmas blessings this year. My parents came by to see me for a few minutes and that just made my Christmas bright. My dad brought some fat lighter for the new stove which I so dearly needed, in fact, I was about to go out to Walmart to get some starter pieces when he came by. A very surprise indeed. Wish they could have stayed for Christmas Eve dinner as I had just pulled out of the oven a Dutch Apple Pie and had a beef roast and veggies ready for the Christmas plates but they had to go. My mama wanted to stay so bad.
My mama gave me a beautiful necklace that I wore perfectly to match a sweater dress last night for Mr. Darcy at dinner. And this morning Mr. Darcy gave me some beautiful Country Outfitter brown leather boots and a diamond necklace that has a heart within a heart. He said he specifically looked for a heart within a heart for the symbolic meaning. I thought that was so sweet.
Abbie got some new treats, a mat for dinner with her name on it, and extra love.
Mr. Darcy got a personalized football coffee mug for travel and at home, and a silver pocket watch with his initials on it and the inside says "I'll always have time for you Love, Jennifer Ann Fox"
We are looking forward this week of redesigning the basement level to include his Presidential desk which is HUGE and painting and such. I've curtains to make and just getting the area clean again without toys and clutter, the place looks s different. Pictures to follow this next week as we transform all the spaces. I will have a space just for sewing and also room for stitching friends to visit Fox mountain in the future. I'm really excited!
Thank you to all who participated in the Faith Hope and Love Giveaway!!!
I will be drawing a name soon and letting you know the winner!!!
Peace to You
designed by Feathers in the Nest
Here's an old design that I made a couple of years ago about this time of year, looking for peace in the year 2013!
I made a HUGE boo-boo with my knitting and had to frogg out after trying to change to a new ball of yarn. I will be going to a yarn store tomorrow to get back on track. I'm halfway done with Mr. Darcy's scarf. I'll take pics soon when I get this back on track!!!!!
In the mean time, I may finish Mr. Abe Lincoln in cross stitch.
Just sharing with all the stitchers out there. Those who quilt, sew, knit, crochet. I am a lifetime member of Soldier's Angels. They have many ways you can help, even if you don't do crafts you can adopt a soldier that has no family ( and believe me there are) and send letters randomly to them for encouragement, for just paying it forward.
I have always had a special interest in this group. I joined the year my son Brandon went to Afghanistan. He never responded to anything I sent but I still sent encouraging letters and packages. This was his choice to make and I still dont' know who or if they were sent out to others or helped him, but this I know for sure, I didn't realize how many soldier's had NO ONE to encourage them while deployed until I went to the welcome home ceremony and also speaking with the chaplain. I decided the next year to join this, to continue sending and realized that I may not hear a thing from the soldier my mentor connected me with, but I still continued to send and write. I hope it made a difference. To this day, I never heard from that soldier as well. That was the end of 2011.
Then in 2012, the day after Christmas, I met for the first time a "retired soldier, a First Sarg. Major" who changed my life all for the better. He had been retired after 25 years. Our story turned to a love story as you know. While he was over in Afghanistan for 5 months, we wrote over 4000 letters back and forth. God rewarded me with a very, honest caring man of which I had not known my entire life.
This year for 2013, I will continue on, even though times will be tightest of tight in finances, it's my pay if forward for the military has touched me in many ways.
In reflection I can remember the day my son brought a recruiter to the house and I totally went ballistic as (per the chaplain) most all moms do over their sons joining because its a natural instinct to protect our sons and daughters. However, from the pinning ceremony, the pure pride I felt for my son to do what he wanted to and also help our country, to see his happiness in whatever he did, no matter how nervous it made me, convinced me to let go.
I don't know exactly how I will help Sodier's Angels this year but I know that 2013 proposes a new "adopted soldier" for me. My heart is leaning towards making things for the soldiers in Germany hospital. I don't know if that is what God is leading me to do but I do feel it.
I wanted to share this on my blog for one reason: there are over 700 readers here and it's a good way to share volunteer opportunities to help. For the spirit of Christmas, we should keep in our hearts all the year long, per Charles Dickens and this is one way to do it.
Sending love even if the person doesn't want it, is not a wrong thing because one day, the person who doesn't want to receive love will realize through some life experience, that this is what life is all about. There are many people who can send love but not as many to receive and recipricate.That takes an open heart with truth. In this program, working for the greater good of our country without expecting anything in return is the kind of fiber, I want in my design, that I call me.
I place my heart on scripture that says that the truth will set us free. This world needs alot of communication and sharing, understanding and caring if we only would open our hearts. Sometimes it's really hard to do. No one of us is perfect but I pray this year that hearts are opened, truth be known, and sharing gifts to those in need.
I'm finally going to slow down XXXX fingers....maybe until Christmas. We are enjoying a new Buck wood stove insert which puts out alot of heat once it gets going!
The hum of the blower is putting me into a relaxing state.
Going to see what's on for Christmas movies in a few.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Birthday and repeat again. I do think this will be a good investment and lower utility bills by half. We have plenty of trees and wood naturally. Just takes a little time to get it started. When it reaches 700 degrees the blower turns on and it's heaven.
I sold something to get this as times are hard. At first I didn't think I would like it. Now, I love it.
And guess who also loves it? Miss Abbie! I made her a fleece easy-peazy blanket up from 60 % off fabbie from Joanne's. Since she is so small, a yard wraps around her 10 times but she loves it.
The print is like this:
A pink, girly Sock Monkey with hearts.
It's her early christmas present.
She needed it last night when the electricity went off from 11pm to 2am due to high winds out here.
SO glad I had the wood stove already heated up good!
Oil lamps lit and just silence. To think. To slow me up. To hault my overdrive brain from a long day of work.
So at 2am when the lights came back on, off to bed late. Again.
My scarf progress is here:
I'm having to learn to add in some chunky stripes/sections to lengthen it.
I have one and 1/2 skein of the brown left and underestimated the length for Mr. Darcy so:
Next lesson for me is to learn how to add another color in for several rows.
He definitely will need this for January and February here.
If anything he can use it outside at home.
Well, folks, it's 80 degrees now on the inside thermometer. I think I can crank this wood stove down a little now but it is 43 outside. Furnace hasn't cut on one time. I think it was a good investment to lower the utility bills.
So, yup, I've been a busy lady of late. Besides working hard in clinic, decorating for Christmas, addressing Christmas cards to send out, I have progressed with some more knitting of a scarf.
Mr. Darcy is liking this alot. It's lambswool with dark brown mainly and avocado green flecks intermittently.
I last posted this 2 days ago:
and I felt I was getting nowhere BUT when I look at the pic I can see alot of progress.
Kinda like life. Someone told me long time ago and I certainly find it to be true: we don't live in the past, but we certainly have to take a look in the back mirror to see how far we've come to where we are going. That defines success. For success is not how rich we are or our place in society, it's how far one has come from where they started in the first place.
I've found that knitting has a very relaxing effect on me. Wish I had more time.
The scarf is cast on 21 stitches. It's a chunky yarn and I'm knitting every row for basically learning.
I know that I will knit, purl, knit, purl, another one after this.
On days like today, I think I will get alot done. It's pouring rain, cold and all I want to do is drink coffee and knit and watch a Christmas movie!
However, we have soooooooooooo much to do on the basement level to get Mr. Darcy's office set up.
He has quite the massive Presidential desk that is going to look great. He has been working to help me get it into a better living space.
And this day marks Mr. Darcy and my first month anniversary!!!
I ordered this ornament for our first tree. It's a 7 ft slim fir. The ornie was ordered from Personalization.com which is a GREAT gift site. They have wonderful deals and make the most memorable gifts of all you can imagine.
This ornie has our date on it.
I still am adding more ornaments today. I don't think I've ever waited so late to get my decorating complete but it's definitely surrounded with love and Christmas day is going to be special.
There are a few gifts under the tree. I still have wrapping to do. Mr. Darcy is quick. He wrapped his right away......smart guy!!!
Abbie's mat came in too.........she is already enjoying her Christmas giftie. Now she has a placemat to enjoy some people food for supper sometimes.
She especially enjoys potatoes and corn, and ham of late. :P
She is so funny this year. This is the first time she really has noticed a Christmas tree as I didn't have one last year. Occasionally at night she will walk over and put her nose up to an ornament like a deer.
And also she, for some reason, likes to take her food morsel by morsel over to enjoy eating it on the tree skirt.
I'm listening to Fox news this morning and see 2 really big storms coming through the north and south; hence, bringing our strong rains all day.
Everybody stay safe out there in your travels.
I see alot of the airlines in the north have canceled many flights and they are calling for alot of snow and they are expecting a white Christmas there.
I've been wanting to learn how to knit for 3 years. I took a class in person at a local yarn shop and in looking back figured they really just wanted to sell yarn. I got the best beginner's class on sale at Craftsy.com. She knitted in the Continental method and I kept adding a stitch at the end of each row.
I then learned that if I used contrasting needles to yarn color and use bigger chunky yarn and needes I would be able to see my mistakes.
So here I go to Michaels to get chunky yarn and chunky needles. This I did last night and DID find how I was counting wrong on each row.
I cast on 20 stitches. Casting is fun to me. Then I'm just knitting every row to get this stitch down pat and then another project will purl, another to put the two together.
This scarf is in lambswool yarn and very soft, at the same time, very masculine with the colors.
Mr. Darcy's birthday is coming up soon and it's for him. He already knows it as he watched me last night.
I love the flecks of green in this brown scarf. With the aide of a book on knitting and answers to correct mistakes I am learning!!!! AND I stitched up until bedtime of which I almost fell over asleep as it has an hypnotic quality about the repetitive process.
I finally learned that the English method was best for me.
Isn't it great that learning is a lifetime process?
I figure knitting a piece is functional and learning. Learning to fix mistakes. These are mistakes we can fix and that makes it all the better in a world of mistakes we cannot fix.
I hope you are enjoying your day and know that in 1 week Christmas is here!!!
I have a few packages to wrap. This year due to the economy, is slim fittings but the spirit of Christmas will remain with me forever.
The tree is up, a small slender 7 foot. I'll show you pics later. I got it for little of nothing at a local store and had been looking for a very narrow tree, frazier fur for a long time. I did a happy dance in the store when I saw the slim 7 footer and the low price.
It's that time of year again to give a gift to someone special at Christmas time. I wish I could give each and every one of readers here a pair but one pair is what I can give this year.
With this giveaway, you will be the first to have my Downton Abbey design with instructions pack.
Of course the scissors are 4 inch Jennifer series by Ginghers!!!! Here is a pic below:
Brand new, 4 inch with leather sheath
I found this while digging out the tons of decorations this year. I guess I was going to put a small motif in it for someone and didn't get the time.
Well, the time has come to find one.
Thinking of seriously putting a beautiful cross in it.
My other half and Miss Abbie who loves her some Mr. Darcy too, is sporting her Christmas dress from last year.
She loves to sit on his shoulder like a bird. :0
Speaking of Abigail Fox
yup, I'm determined to teach myself to either crochet or knit, OR BOTH!!! in this year 2013.
I took a knitting class a few years ago but gave up when I got home and couldn't figure out my mistake. HOWEVER, there's always second chances if we put our heart into it, whatever it is........
I do think I'm going to use a more contrasting yarn color for my beginner piece. I had picked this color up for a friend who is going to be a grandma to twins! I wanted to make the babies a blanket as they just found out both are boys! And they have 2 brothers at home waiting on them.
But I have some nice deep cranberry and dark teal that I can use for maybe a simple scarf to practice on first.
Someone from the big Christmas party, Mr. Darcy and I attended put this on my desk. They had taken a pic of us when we visited Santa. I will let the scene speak for itself. LOL
Mr. Darcy and Santa, NOT looking at the cameras! :0 We had the best time dancing and dancing. He is a great dancer and such a gentleman. The party was catered and the food was awesome!!!! We even won a Visa card with an amount on it and it was much needed right now. God is Good!
So 12 more days till Christmas.
You know the rules for the giveaway...... 1) only post on THIS POST your comment or comments as a follower for one chance THEN 2) post a second time if you shared it on your blog 3) if your name is Jennifer too, then you get an automatic 3rd chance 4) for 4 chances post again, with your favorite character in Downton Abbey!
international readers welcome to enter The giveaway starts NOW and will end December 24th, at midnight. Christmas EVE!!!! You will get 1) brand new and rare/hard to find Jennifer Gingher series 4in scissors in box with leather sheath 2) a chart pack from Feathers in the Nest for a sampler designed for Downton Abbey with linen and floss. 3) 4 fat quarters of finishing homespun fabric and a surprise added to your package.
Back to the homestead chores,