Sunday, January 18, 2015

Brown Paper Packages Tied Up In String

Hidey Do!  I hope I still have a few of you following me.  I have been so bad at blogging regularly.  Partly due to the fact that my computer is having some issues.  And partly because, I don't think I have too much to tell.  And today is no different, but I am posting to say hello, and to let you know that I am here.  I am reading your blogs, and keeping up with all of you, as best I can.
I got some fun mail the other day.  One was a gift from my friend Pammy Sue.  If you crochet, you probably know her blog, Scotty's Place.  I loved the way she had it wrapped up in pretty tissue paper with the blue ribbon tie and stickers on the front.  She calls me Krissy Poo.  Isn't that funny!  My full given name is Kristin.  My Dad named me.  Growing up, I went by Kristy.  The only other person who ever called me Krissy was my hight school diving coach.  I can still hear him say to me, "Stand up straight and suck it in Krissy!"  And I was skinny then!
As I untied the ribbon, and the paper fell away from the gift inside, I could smell this wonderful, clean scent.  And isn't it just so pretty?  Pammy Sue says she does her blocking using Downy Febreeze.
Such intricate and detailed work on these!  I am not sure why, but they scare me.  I would love to try one though.
I love the dusty blue rose in the center!
At first I thought I would put it in my new sewing room, but I have been wanting to add in a bit of blue to our bedroom.  We have just a bit of blue in the comforter.  This doily is the perfect, match, as  you see with it laying on the comforter.
So I put it on our dresser and it looks so pretty in there. I am on the hunt for a couple of pillows with just a bit of blue in them to add to our room.  I love it Pammy Sue!  Thank you!!!  Go visit her blog and see all of the pretty things she makes!
On the same day,. I got another little brown package tied up in string from my friend Noreen over at Life's Blessings.  She is such a wonderful lady.  I have enjoyed her blog, and getting to know her for several years now.  Anyway, she held a drawing for a book she had recently read and reviewed.  I won!
 I am eager to read it.  It looks like a good one, full of history, which I love.  Thank you Noreen!!
I started another poncho.
Not working on it as much as I did the last one.   Mostly because I have caught the flu.  Greg started it last week.  He has been really sick.  Everyone at work has it, and he was bound to catch it.  I got a flu shot, but caught it anyway.  Just a lot of laying around for us.  Just watched the awesome Green Bay V Seahawks game.  Wow!!!  Way to go Seattle!!!
My hens are beginning to come alive again with their laying.  What a relief!!!
We are having some really warm days here lately.  In the low 80's.  Yuck!  I want cold, and rain!!!
I took this photo a little while ago.  Can you see the chickens scratching around out there?
There were so many things we needed to get done this weekend.  But we have done nothing.  Hope we are both up and at em' soon.
Watching the Patriots play the Colts  now.  Who will it be?
See you soon.
XO  Kris

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Boho Poncho Ta-Da!

Hello blogland!  I have been busy like most folks, getting the Christmas decorations packed and put away for another year.  Which then means, the house needs a good cleaning.  And then to find and figure out where you put all the stuff you took down when you put your Christmas stuff up?
I have not done too much crochet or knitting in a few months.  I did some, but not like usual.  And I never opened my shop to sell my wares this year.  I did a lot of sewing this year in place of the crochet.  So after Christmas, I was ready to get hook in  hand, and make something for pure pleasure, and not for sale.  I had seen this Poncho on Lucy's blog, of Attic24  I fell in love with it.  Prior to that, there was one all over blogland which originated from my friend Annette at My Rose Valley  I still love her Nordic Shawl, and hope to make it too.  Then, my girlfriend Pammy Sue at Scotty's Place  made the Granny Stripe Poncho....and I had to get my hands on some yarn and make it.  After I admired it, and told her how much I loved it, I asked her where she got the pattern, and she promptly sent it to me.  But....I couldn't read the text too well, so I went in search of the magazine that the pattern was in.  Luckily Barnes & Noble had it!  I knew I had all of the yarn to make this, and couldn't get home fast enough to begin.
  This is the magazine that the pattern is in.  It is published in the UK but it is sold here too.  You must remember that if you are in US, our stitches are slightly different.  So the UK Treble is our Double Crochet.  Other than that, all you need to know is how to do a Front and Back Post stitch.  You can Youtube it and find out how it is done.
I hit the yarn jackpot one day in a thrift.  It was a box of mostly Vanna's worsted weight, in mustard and terra cotta, and oatmeal. The skeins were all still in their plastic bags that yarn is in when shipped.  So they were clean, and new enough that I knew I could find more if I needed to.  I also had found some in this Denim Blue, and this box contained about 8 skeins of chunky acrylic/wool blend., made in England.  I used some of this as well.  My colors were oatmeal, mustard, terra cotta and denim.  This is the one in the magazine.  I adore the ribbed cowl neck.  This is where you will be doing your FP and BP stitches.  Her pattern calls for a yarn change each row.  But I didn't want that many colors in mine.
I also wanted mine longer, so I added several rows.  So glad that I did.  I am about 5 foot 6 1/2, and wanted it to fall past my hips.
My grandson's room is the room with one wall mirrored.  Yea, Greg and Dusty and I would never fit in that bed!  Anyway...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way this turned out.  It is soft, and warm, and cozy, and even though I have not blocked it, it drapes just right.  I decided to go with the tassled fringe, as I think it adds an element of femininity.
This morning I took some photos of it outside on the line.
I got the magazine on New Year's Eve.  I started it that afternoon.  It took me a couple of days to finish the cowl neck portion.  It was very cold and rainy and even snowed very near us that weekend!  The perfect weather to have a growing yarn project on your lap to keep you warm.
I finished it late yesterday afternoon, and wouldn't you know it, the weather has gone from freezing to 80 degrees!!  So I won't be wearing it just yet.  But this was a very fun project to make.  And maybe I have said this before, but this was my favorite crochet make to date!  In fact, I will be starting another one right away.  Maybe in the same colors, with a different pattern of rows, as I still have plenty of the yarn left to make at least one more.
One last picture, having nothing to do with the poncho, is a wire cart I painted in Sea Glass to keep in my sewing room.  I love the color.  In it is my last order from Fat Quarter Shop.  Oh la la!!!!
Happy New Year!!!!!
XO Kris

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Christmas Day

Christmas morning we were wakened by a very excited little boy!  He burst into our bedroom at about 7:30, (much later than I thought he would) and proclaimed that Santa had indeed been here!  I started the coffee, Geeps lit a fire, and we gathered around to watch Noah open his gifts.  But while he waited for us to get ourselves assembled, he called his cousins Hannah and Claire, and Face Timed with them to discuss what Santa had brought to their house!  They were so excited!  All I could think of was when our kids were young, and how they would call all of their cousins immediately after opening gifts to compare notes.
He pulled each one of his gifts into a pile on the floor, like a game of Jenga!
He was so fun to watch open his gifts.  He was thrilled with each and every single thing.  No matter how big or small.

After the gifts were all exchanged, I made a huge breakfast of maple sausage, eggs, biscuits and gravy,  hashbrowns, fresh berries, cranberry croissant danish, coffee and juice.
We took the morning kind of slow, and then got ready to head out to my Mom's house.  The whole family was gathering there for dinner.
There was some pre dinner snacking.
Football watching.
We had a fabulous meal of beef tenderloin, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, creamed corn, green salad, fruit salad, pasta salad.  The white horse was our representation of Nana.  Nana always looked for white horses on a car ride.  We all do.  When we see one, you must race to see who cam stamp it in your hand first.  We still stamp our white horses.  Nana was so very missed.
Gifts were exchanged.

Secrets were told???
The magical lights were enjoyed with a boat ride after dinner.
My Mom lives on a lake, and it is a fantastic sight during the holidays.  Everyone's house is decorated so beautifully, and the boats are all done in lights too.  It really is something to see.
It was a very Merry Christmas! 
XO  Kris

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Christmas Festivities....Readers Digest Version

Christmas has come and gone.  The tree and decorations have all been put away.  It was a wonderful Christmas.  Here are some photos, beginning with our enchilada making party a few nights before Christmas.  We had it at our daughter, Gennifer's house.













The day before Christmas, Noah and I made cookies.



On Christmas Eve, we had our Mexican Feast with the enchiladas we made.  I made a huge pot of homemade refried beans, and salad, and Gennifer brought the rice.




We exchanged our gifts with Gennifer and her family.






Noah set out cookies and milk for Santa and carrots for his reindeer, and we all went to bed.
Tomorrow I will wrap it up with some photos from our Christmas Day.
It was a really nice Christmas!  Hope yours was too!
XO  Kris