Saturday, January 26, 2013

Playing with Something Different in Yarn

Knitting a little different for practice. I saw a tutorial and don't even know what this is called but you drop a stitch every 5 rows and it makes this pattern from the typical garter stitch.

I had one ball of this Mossy Green left and so I'm putting it to use probably as a table mat because I don't have 2 skeins for a scarf. I will probably put some wooden buttons on the end of it.

I made mistakes here and there but by the last row it was getting better.
And so is life, the more we practice, the better we get at it.

And this one has only gotten a few stitches. Amazing to me on Oyster white linen that Milady's Teal looks a grayish light blue!

 AND! to be loaded in my Needlework 4 system to get some speed on it. 

Stay warm and cozy! The ice here has gone. It's a Saturday morning/ evening now and back to working in my office with Mr. Darcy. I do love him so.
For his office I plan to make some simple patriotic curtains. When finished, I will post one day.
I am getting quite used to the new washer. I love it. It's quiet, plays a tune when finished and the dryer is stacked on top.

I hope to get all the rooms together by Spring time. Ready to open the window a bit for warm sunshiney breezes and guests to visit.

till later,

Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Flashback~the first snow at the homestead and progress

Today I thought it would interesting to show you some pics of what the homestead looked like BEFORE painting and removing the front screen and also in a deep snow here on Fox mountain.
What a flashback!  My daughter had never seen so much snow at one time at her early age of 13.

Winter 2002

 The backyard

This is before I paid to put a red tin roof on with new sub wood layer because it was leaking upstairs. The color of the house was a blue stain on the wood. I had it painted of course after the roof went on .
And before that the screen was torn down to reveal a nice front porch. Alot of work done on and in this homestead over the 11 years.

Woke up this morning with frozen ground after a nice sheen of water. Still have more sleet/frozen rain to go today with temps below freezing. Tomorrow this should clear up. 

It's cloudy and almost looks like snow clouds instead and that's one thing in the North Ga. mountains, you just never really know how much ice and when. 

Abbie is curled up beside me. Our Buck wood stove has been going now 48 hours straight. Woke up to some good hot coals yesterday morning and this morning and I've been keeping it going which is saving tremendously on gas and electric bills. It's been a consistent 76 degrees in here when it's below freezing outside. Can't beat that!

Last night I picked up a few stitches on a scarf I'm making, still in garter stitch in a grassy green. Then,  watching the weather on TV, PBS said Downton Abbey was coming on at 9pm, so I saddled up my sampler and worked on it a bit more watching the repeat episode. I can't wait for the new one on Sunday night!!! Mr. Darcy and me both, LOVE this series.

I hope where you are is keeping you warm and especially your hearts so that love can freely flow.

a sneak peak

Manor Red, Antique Rose and Milady's Teal, and Gold Leaf so far........

the knitted project with my Kindle is here.

I will be hand stitching in this pocket I sewed on the machine.

and when I hand stitch the lining in , THEN I have to make a flower from this fabbie and put where you see the rolled up extra.

My kindle cozy will be all ready for some kind of closure on it

I''m still loving my glass needles. XXX my fingers they last a leeeeetle bit longer.

This is a nice grassy green that could easily be a scarf into Spring, I'm thinking with pinks.

So this is what is going on at the spot of the map called Sautee, GA.

My stitching, knitting, lap-hugging, and writing buddy is here for me. She drags her blanket to me to wrap her at night.
I would say she is spoiled but I think it's beyond that now. 
She pulls out her stained potty paper in her pee pan when it's full, and looks at me to replace it.
I guess this is a bed n breakfast for her now. She is quite enjoying the stay.

Dinner last night here:
skillet oven-baked corn bread
dessert--- chocolate cream pie


This sampler will be for sale AFTER I finish stitching the model........yes, I will hurry.

I feel like I birthed a baby by the time I got through with this, but it was well worth it.

Till later stay warm and cozy,

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Twisted Tuesday~~~Literal progress on finishing up the Kindle Cover

After binding off the section of knitted material using Bernat Softee chunky 100% acrylic yarn and my most loved glass needles, I started and finished sewing (double) the sides using a blind stitch method so you can't even see the yarn when finished on the sides. 

I continued on to the second side, again, double stitching them to provide more support.

And this is the way it looks as I go along.

You can see this project took almost a ball of yarn and left a nice amount to finish sewing the sides and or button I'm contemplating to put on the fold over part


The calico fabric came from my stash of fabrics I brought home from Boston 2 years ago. I really like it because it just matches well and keeps the look casual.

the number of cast on stitches determines the length. I cast on 27 stitches (using number 13 needles). If you want a shorter one that doesn't hold a pair of reading glasses, cast on less.

So. I'm almost done with the second side hand stitched with yarn, actually double stitched for support, and now I'm off to blindly make a pouch liner for the inside. 
The liner then is whip stitched into the inside of the bag.
Finishing suggestions were on under (KINDLE COZY pattern) to make a flowerette with left-over fabbie. I am going to attempt this. I've never made one before.

I also have to decide how to keep the flap closed. I may just tie a piece of strong brown leather around it like an old journal.  Not sure yet.

So, this is what my morning has been up to along with a pancake breakfast with Mr. Darcy and of course Abbie. Yes, she ate a small pancake with a minute amount of syrup and is now napping.

I have many, many chores to do and a few errands today so I best be moving's almost noon now!


Monday, January 21, 2013

Valentine Love

I so sweet.
I so true.
I will be your Valentine
how about you?
~~~Abigail Rennee Fox

Two hearts connected with lots of love.

Thank you for all your comments! I do enjoy them and connecting with all of you.

Here's hoping your week started off well,

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Progress on my Kindle Cozy

Almost finished on the Kindle Cozy. I just found the pattern AFTER I had almost finished it on

Here is the tutorial above (for some reason this one won't do automatic click on so you'll have to type it in the search). I cast on the same amount in the pattern but I'm using bigger needle so I have about 1-2 inches space of which my pouch will hold a pair of reading glasses inside with my Kindle.
I didn't even think about lining it with fabric. I have not done that before so this is where I am now and the fabric I picked out of my stash cabinet to line it with.

I am going to try to make a flower from some leftover fabbie of the same as the pattern calls for. The yarn is Bernat Softee chunky in Teal. It's 100% Acrylic so not AS soft as the scarf yarns I had but I hope durable and for the purpose of making my Kindle cozy. :o

I'm near finished with the knitting part. Most of the rest is sewing by hand. 

I charged up my Kindle yesterday and reading a book called, A Man After God's Own Heart by R. T. Kendall.................  OK, that is really strange I'm talking about a Kindle Cover and I just had to look up the author of the book and his last name is Kendall!

Anyhoo, this is a book about David and the application of the life of David to our lives. The psalmist was a bit of a muse for this author all his life he says and he has written a book to study his life in more depth.
He says that we all can identify at some point in our lives to David. I know for sure I can.

When this is finished, I plan to pick up where I left off on the Downton Abbey sampler. And in fact, watching the next episode tonight with Mr. Darcy, I may just do that! Don't forget ~~~~ Downton Abbey tonight!

I hope you have a beautiful cozy and warm Sunday,