Saturday, December 26, 2015

Barns and Borders

Christmas crochet

To keep my hands happy during our Christmas getaway, I brought along a few new skeins of yarn and my sunburst squares crochet blanket.  I had joined the squares at the tale end of last winter, then lost the urge to crochet on the brink of a finish.   All year I've been awaiting the wave of yarny inspiration that seems to strike with cold weather.   That and some new skeins of Cascade 220 in natural!  I think the project was meant for this holiday. 

Christmas crochet

Christmas crochet

Over the past few days I've enjoyed the color and touch of vibrant wool yarns from this striking dark peach armchair.   I can't imagine a more picturesque setting.  Lots of light, peace and simple joys with a sweeping view of the mountains just outside our window.

By the way, if you have not yet discovered AirBNB, it's a fantastic way to rent a getaway space at excellent prices direct from home owners.  I've been using it a lot for therapy trips.  Here's a special link with a $20 savings code if you want to try it sometime.  This Christmas we stayed in the bottom floor of a friendly retired couple's home on the border of North Carolina and Tennesee.  It. was. perfect.

Christmas crochet

Here's my border so far.  Do you think it's done?   I'm not sure if I want to add a few more rows of single crochet.

barns in the Blue Ridge Mountains

And speaking of picturesque... oh, the barns in these mountains! I'm absolutely captivated by their artful slanting patterns and dear little windows.  After so many years the boards are gorgeously weathered, some with a sweet mossy green.  If only I had a quilt to photograph!  But, even so, I couldn't resist sharing a few favorites with you. 

 barns in the Blue Ridge Mountains

barns in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Ok, now before I go, there are a few special sales to note.  Connecting Threads has a year-end clearance event (plus save $10 off a $50 order with code "BEMERRY"), Canton Village is clearing things out to prep for a big move and Fat Quarter Shop is offering a special $5 discount on a cottage chic calendar through December 31st with code "COZY2016."  It goes perfectly with barns, haha. 

It will soon be time to sweep away the holiday d├ęcor and tidy our spaces for a fresh new year.   I'm so ready for 2016.   Bring it!

14 comments:

  1. Your blanket is really beautiful. Even if not quite finished it seems worthy of a quick pic or two in front of one of those bars, no? Something to remember your little getaway with?

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  2. I agree with Robby. Photograph that blanket in front of the barn, It is so pretty. I remember when you were working on it but hadn't realized that you had not finished it.

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  3. Maybe a row or two of color in the edging, then end in white.
    I'm glad you did something different for Christmas this year. Everything else in your life has changed this year so go with the flow.
    Sending strength and the ability to laugh.

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  4. I love a NEW Year, time to start over!! I'm also in love with American barns, especially ones with a herringbone pattern!!

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  5. I love your blanket and think it's perfect as is. Sometimes, less is more.

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  6. Blessings on you this coming year. I think and pray for you often. Enjoy your crochet. So very relaxing. I knit a lot this Christmas. Such nice things to gift. Looking forward to 2016 as well

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  7. I love that chair and think the simple border is the perfect finish for your color bursts!
    Yes, its time to clean and refresh for the new year. The tree is down and the rooms are getting a bit of a change up. My sewing and fabric is getting moved again, hopefully it will work better in this corner with this new set up. I'm also gearing up for our 2016 homeschool year. The way my kiddos birthdays fall at the end of the year it works better for us to use the psychical year for our homeschool. I love the feeling that comes with starting a whole new year :)

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  8. Stunning photos Rachel - that chair with your crochet - those barns! Love the border on your crochet too.

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  9. Simply stunning. I think the blanket is perfect as is. You are so talented! I wish I could crochet! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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  10. Simply stunning. I think the blanket is perfect as is. You are so talented! I wish I could crochet! Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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  11. lovely crochet and lovely barns and lovely posts.

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  12. May you and your family be blessed in the new year. My thoughts and prayers are always with you.

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  13. I'm new to your blog so I don't really know you or your style, but I think the edge of your crochet blanket needs something more. Comment #3-WeavinFool commented that you should add a couple of rows of colors to the boarder... what about adding a row of single crochet in the dark peach to remind you of the chair? Or maybe weave a dark peach ribbon in and out between the double crochets? If it was me, I'd add a picot at the top of each double crochet.

    I want to offer a piece of advice... if you ask the question, then that's what you need to do. For example, if you ask 'is it done or should I add more'... then your instincts are telling you that it needs more... go with your instincts... it needs more. Otherwise, you'd know it was done and you wouldn't be asking the question: 'should I add more'.

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  14. So glad you got to get away! Beautiful photos, thank you for sharing!

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