After Hours.

My favorite month has flown by as it always does, and I’ve enjoyed it immensely.  Tonight is my favorite night of my favorite month.  Since I have lived in Pennsylvania, I have attended a Halloween feast in a 1800s log cabin with candlelight and a meal cooked in the large fireplace.  It’s a night of spooky fun and solemn celebration.  I can’t wait!

This past week I made a bit of progress on Stack o’ Jacks, hooking the mouse (which needs tweaking) and trying out the background wool.  I bought this beautiful dark blue wool with the subtle plaid from Rebecca Erb at Sauder Village Rug Hooking Week last August.  I can honestly say that this is the most beautiful wool I’ve ever bought!  It’s called, After Hours, and I just ordered some more of it.  You can see the beautiful color in the photo below, but what you cannot tell is the incredibly soft hand that this wool has. 

I am hooking two rows of background in a #8 cut around the motifs.  Then I’m hooking it in a wider #8.5 to show off the subtlety within the wool.  It is creating a lovely soft variation in values.  I may insert some colorful “confetti” later on.  I like to leave my options open.  Some color choices are those of the friend, who has ordered this piece.  I'm having fun working it all together and thinking in a painterly way.

Crow's Foot Farm is preparing for the upcoming winter months.  There are still lots of leaves on the trees and the temperatures are not really cold yet.  I winterized the hen house and the deck furniture is being stowed away.  Firewood has been stacked and we have used the wood stove once so far.  I love it when we are all cozy inside when the daylight dims in the early afternoon.  The end of daylight saving time is coming next weekend.  Unlike many people, I love when that happens.  It’s a meditative time of the year to draw within and rejuvenate one's energy, to snuggle up by the fire and create a cocoon around oneself.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the coming quiet time of the year.

Some more progress on Stack o' Jacks.

Some more progress on Stack o' Jacks.

A close-up of the beautiful wool, After Hours, and how it is hooking up.

A close-up of the beautiful wool, After Hours, and how it is hooking up.