Wednesday, April 29, 2009

You Might Be A Redneck If...







You might be a redneck if your idea of a Neighborhood Watch program is to park your fanny in a recliner on the front lawn and watch the 'goings on' of your neighbors.


This is Mr.Studley, appearing to do just that. In reality, he's checking one last time to make sure he wants to give away this favored chair before loading it onto his nephew's truck. Mr. Studley really liked this leather chair, but we have another one very similar to it, and it seemed a shame to have our living room overcrowded with too much furniture when Nephew has nothing but broken down furniture (a harsh side-effect of a divorce). So Studley, bless his heart, opted to give the chair to his nephew. Granted, we did have to threaten him with the water hose to get him out of it before loading it onto the back of the truck.

























This is the now felted Hobo bag I showed you last week in it's unfelted stage. As I said before, I really like this pattern. It was an easy and fun knit. I purchased it from Pipp's Purses etsy shop. It's knit on 10.5 circular needles in a worsted weight yarn. I used my Denise Interchangeables for knitting, and Lion Wool for the yarn.

When I am knitting something to felt, I don't generally worry too much about the softness of the yarn. My experience has been that once something is felted, most felted wools feel pretty much the same; and besides, I'm not going to be wearing it next to my body. I have to tell you, though, I was pleasantly surprised by how soft this bag did feel prior to felting. I would be very comfortable wearing a sweater knit from this yarn.





Speaking of rednecks, this is my sun with his recent haul of bass. The boy does love to fish, which makes his mamma happy, as I does do love to eat fish. He doesn't bring them home all smelly with their dead eyes staring up at me, either. When he presents them to me, they've been cleaned, gutted, and filleted. They're neatly packaged in a freezer Zip-Loc bag, and ready for the freezer until I'm in the mood to fry up a mess of 'em, as we say around here. We eat very few fried foods, but fish and green tomatoes are the two exceptions to that rule.

My mom and her husband are visiting during the week of Mother's Day. We're going to surprise her with a fried fish dinner. Nothing says I love you, Mom, like a plate of fried fish, hushpuppies, and bowl of fresh cole slaw. It's a meal that'll make you want to slap your mamma. I'll refrain, considering it will be Mother's Day and all.








I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.





~Psalm 13:6

56 comments:

Blessings each day said...

What a cute post, Renna. I especially like Mr. Studley in his chair...makes me want to find a chair, but maybe not on my front sidewalk, just the backyard (hidden redneck style).

Do you make your own hush puppies too?

blessings,
marcy

Emily said...

Awww! It's so hard to say good bye to a close friend. I hope Mr. Studley can visit sometimes (I am sure he would be welcome if he took a casserole or two).

Farm Chick Paula said...

He he Love the picture of Mr. Studley in his E-Z chair! Yes, I think maybe a redneck moment... was he by any chance playing a banjo while a group of men with a canoe on top of their car drove by?

Tell Sonny-boy when he fills your request for fresh fish, I'd like a mess of 'em, too!

Diana said...

Renna, I enjoyed your blog. I love the felted purse. I'm a crocheter but have never tried felting. I don't do it too much anymore(arthritis). But I do manage a little here and there. Visit me if you like!

Joansie said...

Chair sure does look comfy. Lucky nephew!!!

Bag looks so nice. What yarn did you use?

Fried fish....I'll be over for dinner. I used to go bass fishing a lot.

Jennifer said...

Awww - that's such a great post. What a wonderful gesture. I bet it will bring your nephew lots of comfort.

cinnamongirl93 said...

I love today's post! How nice of your hubby to give up a favorite shair. I know how my man feels about his chair.
Have a great time with your family!

randi said...

The first photo makes me laugh! Too funny!

My hubs will be down for some fishing straight away. Poor guy generally comes home with nothing!

Wool Winder said...

The bag turned out so nice!

My mouth is watering for fried fish. We've been grilling ours, but I feel a splurge coming on soon. :)

Nancy said...

Ooooh, I'd be in heaven if someone brought me fish in Ziplock bags! I'd gladly adopt your fishing son for a week or two.

WhiteStone said...

Look at those bass! Oh, My, we do not have that kind of fishing around here! I am jealous!
Nice, Purse, too. I've not done any felted knitting. Looks fun.

Karen said...

This was a fun post! It made me laugh -- you DH reclining in his chair, the king of his domain.

And what a lot of fish! The fish, hushpuppies and coleslaw -- oh my, I'm on my way over.

Aunt Kathy said...

hahahaha Neighborhood watch redneck, hahahahahahaha

Tea said...

I love, just love this down-home post! Giving away a leather chair; that just doesn't happen everyday! What a nice way to help out the nephew. Why, kinder folks would be very difficult to find. :)

The bag looks very good! Isn't felting cool..it's like a miracle or something. :)

What a good son you have! We love fish, too, and I bet you do make your own hushpuppies.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

You are a hoot! I love how your hubby cooperates with your silliness. What a great guy!!

Tipper said...

How nice Mr. Studley is to give away his chair-I'm sure your Nephew is very greatful.

Love the purse-and the fish! I couldn't make the purse-but I could clean the fish for you :)

nannisandi said...

Is Mr. S sitting with his back to us so we can't see him cry?!! Love the felted bag..I've never tried felting, but have accidentally "felted" a few sweaters in my time! Stay healthy during tihs swine flu thing.

Carol said...

LOVE the colorway on the purse. BeeUtiFul!!!

Very nice of the mister to part with what looks to be a very cozy chair!!

Enjoy a fun visit with your folks!!

nikkicrumpet said...

That's a very good hubby giving up his chair....LOVE the bag!! And there is nothing better than some fresh fish on the grill!

MSM said...

I'm looking for my invite to the fish fry! Yummy! What a great guy your son is.

Fantastic pic of Mr. Studley. He's obviously a good sport in many ways, :)

Zonda said...

That would be my hubby if he had to get rid of his favorite chair ;) I love fried fish, but hate the smell, any hints ;) Hope you have a great Mother's Day

elizabeth said...

You gotta admit that he does look very comfortable in that chair!

Love the bag. I've been cleaning out my project closet and found a booga bag that is complete except for attaching the handle. How silly to get it that close and then set aside....

My Open Nest said...

Renna, You're a piece of work. Only you can open with the redneck shot (love it!) and go to a beautiful bag then end it all with a fish fry for yo' mama! Love you!

Kitty said...

Renna, that bag is seriously stunning. So beautiful. You clever thing. x

Renna said...

Whitestone, my son usually fishes with his boss on a friend's private property, and the pond is loaded with bass!

Tea, I sort of make my own hush puppies. I have made them from scratch plenty, but the last time I made them, I used a package mix, then fried them along with the fish. I do have a good son, yes! ;-)

Carol, I was really pleased with the colorway of the yarn, both before the felting, and after. The best part is, I got the balls of Lion Wool on clearance at Hobby Lobby for $1.99 per ball, making the purse an inexpensive project! :-)

Busy Grandma Elsie said...

Just found your blog and really enjoyed reading it.
Elsie <><

CiNdEe said...

I bet it was hard to get the hubby outta the chair. We have one too and its almost impossible to get him out of it(-: It was nice you could give it to your nephew! I am sure he really appreciates it!!!!
The Mothers Day fish fry sounds very nice! Its great you are going to do that for your mom(-:
The felted bag looks beautiful too!
CiNdEeS' GaRdEn

Renna said...

Cindee, it did take some prodding, yes! ;-Þ

The dinner is in honor of my mom who loves a good fish dinner, but we'll all enjoy it. ;-)

Thank you for the bag compliment. It was a lot of fun making it.

Bernie said...

Just found your blog through Marcy and I don't know what I enjoyed more, your humor or your purse. Now I do love hobo bags! I think it's wonderful to help out your nephew although it did look like a painful process for Mr. Studley. Enjoy your fish fry with your mum, you are so blessed to still have her with you. I miss mine very much......:-) Bernie

Wanda said...

Hello Renna...I followed Bernie and Diana here...very early riser myself...Enjoyed your your very funny post...Hope Mr Studley can deal with the loss of his chair?

Marilyn - A Mixed Bouquet said...

Love Mr. S and the chair photo! LOL! I wish I could be there for the fish fry. Yum!

Just checking in on ya, girl!

Linda said...

I'm so glad you stopped by for a visit Renna. Your blog is delightful. I loved this post. What a thoughtful son you have!
I'm really struggling with the continental style too, but something keeps me plugging away at it. I've knitted since I was a little girl, but this method (once mastered) seems to me to be much more efficient. I'm having trouble doing things like SSK and knit two stitches together - all thumbs!! However - I shall persevere!
Have a blessed weekend.

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Renna!

What a sweet post! Your felted bag is beautiful! I have promised myself to one day learn to felt, and just maybe someday I will be able to turn out something as gorgeous as your bag! :o) Enjoy a beautiful weekend my friend!

Smiles...

Beverly

Brenda said...

What is it with men and their chairs? My husband is glued to his in front of his tv from the moment he gets home. I've never learned to knit. Just quilted. I love what you make.
Brenda

Scribbit said...

Okay I admit that chair thing? Looks mighty tempting!

iwouldratherbeknitting said...

Woman.. look at the number of all of these comments! Makes my blog's puny little comment or two look mighty wimpy.

So, I wanted to say THANK YOU for always stopping by to visit my blog and leaving comments.

Living overseas is fun... but, whenever I get a chance to visit my aunt and uncle in Oklahoma.. that is my requested meal: Fried fish, hushpuppies, fried okra and squash, and coleslaw. Yummmy.. you are making me miss America awful bad. :*<

Beverlydru said...

You were so clever to think to snap that photo of Mr. Studley. Fun post. Now please pass the hush puppies. Love 'em.

smariek said...

I wouldn't want to give up my favorite comfy spot either, so it is really good of him to part with his.

Mmmm... fresh caught fish, YUM! It's been a LONG time since I had fresh caught fish.

MRS MJW said...

WOW, look at the fishies! Isn't that like a man's paradise???

Renna said...

MRS MJW, yes, I do believe my son felt he was in paradise that day! ;-)

Debra said...

Hi Renna,
The bag is great-nice colors...The fish do look good-and your son should be very proud-that's a heap of fish!
Happy Mother's Day to ya!
Love, Debra

Bernie said...

Hi Renna, you haven't posted in awhile so I thought I would drop by and see that your okay. Hope all is well, Take Care......Bernie

Sharon said...

Hey Renna....Redneck indeed. LOL
What a generous gift, did Mr. Studley decide to part with it even after trying in on for size in the yard?

Your pocketbook is SWEET!!! Good job, Girl!

What a nice catch! How nice, fresh fish. I grew up on the creek bank, but not since Daddy died. For my third birthday I got a rod and reel for a gift. My Dad was a SERIOUS fisherman. LOL

Love you Lady!
xoxoxo

Bev said...

Delightful, start to finish - giving the poor guy a chair, your sharing of a son who cleans the fish first, and the perfect meal, which I happen to agree with! Happy Mothers Day to you too.

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Diane said...

I loved reading your latest post! I can SO identify with your Mr. Studley and his attachment to that chair! My late husband was so attached to his chair, I believe he loved it almost as much as he did me! I still have it, just can't bring myself to get rid of it!

Thank you for stopping by my place and joining as a 'Follower'. I plan to visit you often as well.

Enjoy your weekend with your Mom and that fried catfish! Were my own Momma not in heaven, she would travel a 'fur' distance for some good catfish and hush puppies! So would my hubby!

Have a great time and Happy Mother's Day to you as well!

Many hugs.........

Diane

Tea Time and Roses said...

Hello Renna!

Dropping by to wish you a beautiful Mother's Day!

Smiles...

Beverly

Eileen said...

I found your blog through another one that I visit.
I really enjoyed reading your posts. And you're very talented! I love the felt bag!
Beautiful pictures too!
This was fun!
And I had to laugh at the paper plates, I do that for all my parties!

Liz said...

Ok, that chair on the front lawn pic cracked me up. :)

Cora from Hidden Riches said...

That is just the perfect picture!!!! In fact, I'd LOVE to have a chair like that sitting under my sycamore tree! Redneck or no, it looks like the perfect life!

And the purse is just gorgeous!! Ya did a great job there!!!!

Cora

Stacey said...

What I wouldn't give for a mess of fried fish, hush puppies, and cole slaw. I keep trying to explain to my husband, but he just doesn't get it!

MRS MJW said...

Where ya been lady? Busy in the garden perhaps? Haven't seen you post in a while. Hope all is well with you and your family. Blessings!

 Cha said...

I never get fish brought in like that. How nice! I'm the one washin' the hair off the deer meat before we freeze it too. ICK!

I love the chair photo!

Kimmie said...

Your husband is too funny. I wonder what the neighbors were thinking as he sat there?

Your purse is amazing. Though you totally lost me once you said circular needles.... ;-)

Oh, how I wish you lived closer, so you could teach me some higher level knitting. Or how to read those silly directions. (not just knitting, really any directions!)

lol

Hope all is well in your end of the world. I enjoyed my visit here.

Kimmie
mama to 7
one homemade and 6 adopted

Blessings each day said...

Yoo Hooo...anybody home??? Is the next post gonna be "You might be a redneck if you only post every two months"???

Come on, sissy, you can do it...remember the little red train (or whatever) that said I think I can, I think I can, chug chug, I know I can, I know I can...???

blessings,

marcy
OR, are you trying to set a record for how many comments you can collect??lol

Melony at Whimsy Daisy! said...

Where are you? I am missing your posts! Come back, Shane!