Here in Pennsylvania the perennial prognosticator, Punxatawney Phil, predicted that we will have an early spring. Perhaps this is why I’m feeling the urge to do a bit of spring cleaning. This is manifesting itself in wanting to clear out that which is unused and use up what is left.
I’ve had fun this week hooking some heart motifs for Valentine’s Day. I decided to dig into and use up some of my mountain of worms (also called noodles, which are cut strips of wool cloth for those readers, who aren’t rug hookers). I enjoyed mixing cuts and colors of wool to create a primitive look. I prefer asymmetry and colors that don’t exactly match. Continuing in that vein, I used a variety of plaid wool from clothing to back the smaller mug mats. And by the way, this didn't make a discernible dent in my mountain of worms.
My most recent super-secret rug is finished. I had to order some Lopi heavy weight wool yarn for the binding, since the incredibly huge and well-stocked yarn store, The Mannings, is no longer in business. It was an hour's drive to get there, but well worth the effort. It’s always such a shame when a valued resource goes away. Aside from a vast array of yarns, The Mannings held classes in weaving, spinning, knitting, rug hooking, needle felting among others. They were in business for many years and their closing has left a big hole in the fiber community.
There’s a lot of beauty out there and in making mats big and small.