Saturday, February 16, 2013

Polishing up the Week with a Dishcloth

This week went by in such a rush! 

I finally caved an had the hand checked out and an MRI yesterday. We'll see on Monday what tendons I've messed up if any.....have no idea. I can still knit if I don't make extreme movements and pulling with it. I wrap it up tight when I do.

Just finished my first dishcloth and so excited!  Just the plain garter stitch for this one, no fancy, smancy, patterns. I honestly am looking forward to using it and Mr. Darcy is probably looking forward to me using it as well as I've neglected chores in order to knit or sleep long nights in this wintry weather.

The wind was so high today that I was reading and all the way across the window flew a cushion on the porch! The chimes though are beautiful and it's peaceful on days like this.

I can't believe we are looking into the 3rd week of February, but I believe I'm getting ready for some Spring weather.

One night this week the electricity went off at 1am and I woke up the Mr. and he and I went to build a fire in the wood stove and stayed partially awake until 7am. Then, I was up cooking scrambled eggs and toast and coffee trying to wake up and warm up.
All of our electricity finally came on at 6am. The sun came out and oh what a family room mess as it definitely looked as if  someone took camp overnight there. :)

We are looking forward with bittersweetness to the last episode of Downton Abbey tomorrow night.
Oh, how I wish this would play for much longer!!

Well, here is my stitching finish.



Eye Candy.



For the Kitchen.

The color is true therapy.

Folded nicely for that first dip in the water.

Speaking of dip in the water, I believe it's time for a nice, hot tub bath soak before bedtime.

 Tomorrow to sampler making again AND more organizing my sewing room that has linen and threads in piles awaiting their homes in the cabinets.

I believe my designing mojo is back for another motif.

Stay warm and cozy,

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Twisted Tuesday and Love at the Homestead

Learning something new that is simple. 100% Cotton. Dishcloth~~knitted.

With the top of my right hand still really sore and wrapped, I still am going with the needles until I can't stand it anymore. :P

A friend I had not seen in sooooooooo long told me about this cotton color because she told me all about her crocheting dishcloths and used this.

I started this yesterday and worked on it some today.

It's pretty TWISTED!

Cottage is the name. I LOVE it!

The colors exactly I use in my kitchen and family room.

Why do I keep showing you my work in a plate?????  The lighting is just best really.

It's quite a tightly woven  piece. I cast on 40 stitches and garter stitch all the way. I want to make this a little larger than what most dishcloth patterns call for so probably one skein will make 2.

Size definitely matters.

In needles.......

I started using size 6 as recommended by someone at a quilt store but, I used a 5 instead and it was MUCH easier to slide the cotton over the wood needle + this is the size called for on the package. I think this is Peaches and Cream cotton. (I don't have the label any longer)

Speaking of sweet Peaches and Cream.......this Peach actually fell asleep on the sofa~~~~~~~with her foot in her mouth and arms up. She was nawing on her feet and fell asleep.

The warmth and hum of the wood stove will put one in a trance at times it's so relaxing.

Speaking of relaxing, this is what relaxes me:

my dearest husband
love for family and friends
cross stitching
hot, Cinnabons, fresh from the store........................
a warm fire in the wood stove
my Kindle loaded with good books

My sweet husband brought me a Cinnabon for breakfast for yesterday morning. 
We couldn't be happier together and celebrate everyday, a Valentine's day!

Two more days.....for the official celebration of love and for us, that is a deep, Christ-centered love that is the solid foundation. 

Wives, be subject to your husbands as you are to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife just as Christ is the head of the church, the body of which he is the Saviour. Just as the church is subject to Christ, so also wives ought to be, in everything, to their husbands.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, in order to make her holy by cleansing her with the washing of water by the word, so as to present the church to himself in splendour, without a spot or wrinkle or anything of the kind - yes, so that she may be holy and without blemish. In the same way, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body. 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.' This is a great mystery, and I am applying it to Christ and the church. Each of you, however, should love his wife as himself, and a wife should respect her husband.

Ephesians 5

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ya'll are My Happy Place!

Thank you for the encouragement and the dishcloth patterns. I appreciate the so  much more than you know and so glad to connect here in the blog with happy folks. I can't say that for all chat rooms.......I will digress.
I woke up this morning and I have tried to ignore a very painful right hand injury but I think I'm going to get it checked out today.
2 nights ago I was trying to open a very hard jar and felt something pop in my right hand and deep burning pain. A knot is now there. I can't hardly type. I think I may have ruptured a tendon in the top of my hand.
It certainly slowed down any knitting last night.
I have to take meds to just lift dishes now. So I think if it's worse by day 3, its time to get it looked at.
I hate going to doctors. I put it off as long as I can.

But I just wanted to let you all know how thankful for the network of stitchers and readers that put a smile on my face every day. YOU ROCK!

This little "dear" seen right outside the house. I love living in the country.
You know if God will take care of his creatures, he will take care of us.
His creation, both nature, animals, mountains, and streams are beautiful.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.~~~~~~~~~~~~Philippians 4.8

Have a great day of rest this Sunday!