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Friday, January 29, 2010

A Frosty Tour of Cades Cove

I know it's not the first time I've taken you on a tour through my favorite part of the Smoky Mountains, but this is the first winter tour so grab a cup of steaming coffee, cocoa or tea and enjoy the ride as over the winding road and along icy Little River we go.
Cades Cove is a valley between the mountains, a cove where several hundred mountain folk lived before the Great Smoky Mountain National Park came into existence in the first half of the twentieth century.
It's the most visited national park in the United States of America.
Cattle grazed here just a few short years ago, but now commercial interests are taking a forefront with horses to ride for a fee, of course.
A lone male turkey with a beard that touches the ground while grazing.
Those two doors speak of a bygone era when gentlemen and ladies entered the church through portals of a different gender.
Inside another church in the cove.
The Cable Gristmill where grain was ground into flour and cornmeal is frozen today, really frozen.
It was too cold to picnic at a table in the park so we lunched in the suv and watched the wildlife show from front-row seats.
A doe with her yearling fawn.
Bee gums, although there are no bees working them now.
In my mind the most wondrous man made building in the cove is this cantilever barn.
Every board is pegged together; not a nail in the structure.Hope you enjoyed this lil short tour. We'll talk about the cabins another time, the good Lord willin'. :)

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Rosie Pretty Posy

I'm still knitting (and crocheting) tea cozies, and I'm having the best time of it. This one is Rosie Posy Tea Cosy, my favorite so far. Click the link for the best free tea cozy pattern you will ever love to knit. And be sure and have a look around while you're there. This pattern is free at Loani Prior's site and also in her tea cozy book, Wild Tea Cosies. And lo, she has another book of even "wilder" cozy patterns soon to be released. Welcome to tea cozy utopia. ;)
I'm happy as a chicken with a junebug over how it turned out.Have a great week, Y'all.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pouf Pouf

What do we do when it's too cold to go anywhere? Crochet a decadent tea cozy. Goodman says the teapot has a big hair-do now. It's big, pouf-y and much ado; a very cool pattern. You can find the free pattern, Scalloped Tea Cosy here. I was curious about the number of treble stitches in this pattern so I did the math. 1,728 treble stitches.  It works up quickly though and is soooooo worth your time as it always brings smiles when used at teatime.
Hope you're nice and cozy, too.  :)

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