Our nine-year old granddaughter Lucy lives almost three thousand miles away from us, so we don’t see her but once or twice a year. When she comes for a stay we pack a lot of fun into our time together.
During this visit she spent a few days with her aunt and uncle. They went to a carnival, watched Fourth of July fireworks, went to Dorney Park and rode on the Steel Force roller coaster- twice! A feat that many adults wouldn’t try.
Then she arrived at Crow's Foot Farm, where life is much more sedate. So far, we have played countless games of Uno, finished a jigsaw puzzle, made many visits to the chickens to give them hugs, went to a cookout, and had tea at a real tea shop. But the main thing that she requested during this visit was to learn to rug hook!
I drew a simple design of her chicken, Lucinda, and we began the process of pulling loops. Her little arms have to really stretch around the frame, but she is determined to learn the craft. Like many of us, she wants to be able to do it perfectly right away, but that’s never how it goes. There are quite a few twisted loops, some are high and some are low. I’m trying to give her gentle instructions so she won’t be discouraged. I don’t know how far she will get with the pattern, but I’ll finish it up after she leaves and make it into a pillow for her. She will be proud of the parts that she hooked by herself, and that’s what counts.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and I hope this little rug hooker will keep creating lots of it for herself.