We discovered this grand, lacy lady abandoned, staring out at her vistas:
We had lunch at Gap Deli and Sweet Shop. The property also boasts an antique shop and garden store:
All of this was within sight of the entrance to the Blue Ridge Parkway:
This is Mountain Plains Fabrics and surrounding lovliness. I found red velvet for $6.50 a yard and some double pointed knitting needles I needed, among other things. They had buttons by the bucket, too!
That’s me! Because my shelves are full, I’ve been making use of the Charlotte library’s collection. Here’s a recent one I checked out, Pipsqueak Knits by Jil Eaton. It’s full of adorable and fairly easy patterns. I’ve had this wonderful yarn stashed away for years:
Here’s what I hope to make from it:
and the weather was spectacular! I took these photos from the hilltop upon which the N. Wilkesboro Post Office sits:
The Brushy Mtn. Apple Festival is held annually the first Saturday in October in downtown N. Wilkesboro, NC. Yesterday was the 33rd Festival. I’ve not missed a one even when relatives got married (I went before or after, with my hair sprayed as hard as a brown football helmet! ) Here’s a link: http://www.applefestival.net/
There’re craft vendors, entertainment (bluegrass lovers rejoice,) and lots and lots of food! While I do love a good fried apple pie, the best thing I ate yesterday was a funnel cake smothered in cream cheese frosting and topped with strawberries!
These are the goodies I nabbed for PJ at the Apple Festival:
I’m pretty sure Lambchop is not handmade, but the wooden toys are. I like supporting my local crafters. (I just couldn’t resist Lambchop!)
I love hand embroidery (except for satin stitch–aaargh!) However, I have purchased a used embroidery machine. It’s being dropped off tomorrow. I don’t have much invested in it, and it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, it’s just to play with.
Here’s something else I made for PJ before I knew if he was a girl or a boy. I’m thinking about making these to sell, or at least to give as gifts for winter babies. The outside is fleece, the inside is a shaggy, chenilley minky, and the sash is bridal satin. This one was tee-niny, so I think I’ll have to make them a little bigger.