I love it all: embroidery, canvaswork, quilting, crochet. So much to do, so little time.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Almost Heaven--West Virginia

Welllll, that may be overstating it a bit.  I'm a city girl after all.  But I wanted to catch you up on the trip we took last week.

First, a little background:  DH is an amateur radio operator and participates in various nets on the radio.  The founders of one such net decided to have a get-together at Beech Fork State Park near Huntington, West Virginia.  We looked at the park's website, saw that the cabins looked really nice, and decided to go.  It was a good decision because we had a wonderful time with a great group of people.

Here is half of the Southpaw Stitcher staff
on the front porch of our cabin.
It was the smallest cabin they had.
The stairs to the right lead to the back porch
which runs the entire length of the cabin.
Two bedrooms, huge living/dining room,
and a full kitchen complete with dishwasher!
All the comforts of home!
Actually, more than the comforts of home,
because we do not own a big flat screen TV!

Only one other XYL came to the get-together.
"What's an XYL?" you ask.
In amateur radio lingo, an unmarried gal is a YL -- young lady.
A married woman is an XYL.
So most amateur radio operators refer to their wives as their XYLs.  (sigh)

The other "XYL" had the same first name as me,
and her interests were...
...stitching and quilting!
What are the odds?
Both of us were glad the other had come.

One of the group activities was a trip to
the Museum of Radio and Technology.
No, it wasn't boring!
They had a lot of interesting old stuff
that a lot of us geezers used to own
and had fond memories of.
There was a large Nipper display--he's the RCA dog.
Lots of old radios, TVs and computers.
I even managed to find some hand embroidery there.

Those are tiny satin stitches with cutwork!

Our last morning there, we awoke to find
what appeared to be an entire herd of deer
outside our front door.
They were entirely too tame.

This mom and baby were no more than 20 feet away from us!

I, of course, started a small project while I was on the trip:
the third square from Laura J. Perin's
American Quilt Collection, Holiday Ornament series.

This is how far I had progressed by the time the trip was over.
Canvaswork goes fast!
To see the other two squares I made last year,
go here and here.

That's it for now.
I'll be doing my best to hermit and stitch this weekend.
To find out what that's all about, go to Joyce's blog.
It's not too late to join in on the SAL!
Have fun this weekend.
And thanks for visiting!


Moonsilk Stitches said...

I have family in Huntington--I used to go there every year as a kid; less so as an adult. It's a gorgeous area that I love. Your cabin looks great. It's fun to find embroidery in unexpected places. Thanks for the pix.

Beth Pearce said...

Will be driving close by there tomorrow evening! We will be on our way to Washington, DC. Planning to spend the night just short of Charleston so that we can take a leisurely drive through the Shenandoah Valley on Sunday.

I love your Christmas ornaments. I just got back into stitching canvas work this summer - might have to check these out!

cucki said...

Your cabin is so beautiful..
Lovelly pictures
Enjoy your weekend xxx

Karen said...

What a beautiful place! Glad to hear you had a great time and met a new stitching friend. :)

Julie said...

Such a cosy looking cabin and such beautiful surroundings. How lovely you were able to make a new friend o. Your trip.

Mouse said...

oooo love that cabin .. and fab news there was someone with the same hobbies as you too
love that canvas you are working on too :)
hope you managed to hermit :) love mouse xxxxx