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What my mom always said when we needed to hurry. Well, today has flown by. My to-do list is still pretty much full, and I must leave soon to buy some wool and drop off a birthday gift. More on that later in the post.
I am home from my hooking retreat. As always a wonderful time with lots of laughs.
I was going hooking a couple weeks ago and had nothing ready to work on, so grabbed a piece of linen that was already zig zagged and drew out a hit 'n miss mat. My "go to" project when I need something quick. I only had 3 squares left to hook so quickly finished that.
Before leaving for Tennessee, I started this little oval mat. I've never hooked an oval mat such as this before, and started on the outer edge. After getting the first four rows done, I took a good look at it off the frame. I didn't like what I saw. The exposed inner linen was wonky and not lying flat. I wasn't sure if I should proceed, but decided what the heck. That was a lot of hooking to tear out.
There is even a built in snippet bowl in the door 😁
I got lucky because it ended up ok. In fact, it lay perfectly flat before I even steamed it. But . . . by the time I got to the center, I no longer had oval rows. They ended up being rectangles. Not exactly what I wanted, but no way am I reverse hooking any of it!!! Friend Heidi, who also teaches, says that I should have started in the center and worked my way out. The finished size is about 15" x 19".
Here are some of the ties I will be using for the "tongues". They all belonged to my older brother and the mat will be a birthday gift for his long time significant other, Lyn. Her birthday is the 24th of this month. She
may will be getting this a few days late.
My brother spent his career at Nordson Corporation, and I think it is so cool I can even incorporate his Nordson ties.
Cades Cove is an isolated valley located in the Tennessee section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The valley was home to numerous settlers before the formation of the national park. There is a one way, 11 mile scenic loop through the area.
Several churches are still standing, each with its own cemetery.
Lequire seemed to be a common name.
We only had two days in Gatlinburg, so we were limited on what we could see and do. We went to Anakeesta which is considered a theme park, though not the kind of theme park I would normally think of. To get to Anakeesta you rode on a chondola, which I would just call a ski lift chair. The ride takes you up 600' to the summit of Anakeesta Mountain.
At the top there are a few restaurants and of course the requisite gift shops.
We climbed 84 steps to the top of AnaVista Tower, Gatlinburg's highest point, with beautiful 360* vistas of the surrounding area.
Anakeesta also has a single-rail mountain coaster, the first of its kind in the US. You fly down the mountain on this single rail track with 1600 feet of downhill twists and turns at speeds up to 25 mph. You control the speed as you descend. I must say, it was great fun 😁 DSO opted not to ride because of his back issues and it was probably wise he decided to pass. Not me, but the picture gives you an idea of what the coaster looked like.
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