A New Year underfoot.

Another year has ended and I’m hoping for the best for the New Year.  Do you make New Year’s resolutions?  I usually do, but I think this year I’ll just focus on rug hooking and try to avoid current events.  I’ll call this my Year of the Ostrich. 

I had planned on dyeing some snow wool for my Snow Angel pattern last week, but that didn’t happen.  I had a friend here for the Christmas holiday and we were out and about a lot and didn’t sit still long enough to work on artistic projects except for a bit of sock knitting in the evenings.

We did visit the Family Heirloom Weavers in Red Lion, PA.  I have bought numerous beautifully made woven coverlets, blankets, table runners, and pillows from them.  Their products are the real deal and made with historical accuracy of the patterns. The quality of their goods is far and above that of foreign-made knock-offs.  They also have ventured into a more contemporary look to expand their customer base. 

After my friend left for home, I decided I need a skinny rug to go by the back door for boots and shoes that are not worn inside the house.  I consider this a “utility” rug, since it’s for a purpose and not just for pretty.  This rug is 12” x 45” and features footprints of chickens and dogs.  I could have added the footprints of other Crow's Foot Farm critters like deer, groundhogs, skunks, foxes and coyotes, but I wanted to keep it simple.

Another utility project will be knitting several pairs of heavy socks for people to put on when they leave their shoes or boots by the back door.  I like guests to be cozy and comfortable here. 

As we say goodbye to 2016, I want to thank you all for reading and commenting on my weekly blog, for joining in my book giveaways, and for your pattern orders this past year.  I wish you and yours all the very best in 2017. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the promise of a New Year ahead.

The first few footprints have been hooked in the hall runner.

The first few footprints have been hooked in the hall runner.