A New Year and new beginnings.

Back in October I attended the Brandywine Hook-in with my fellow Magdalena Rug Hookers.  It was a fun day filled with networking, shopping, reconnecting with rug hooking friends from near and far, and the winning of a door prize! 

I won a very substantial amount of wool, which was donated from a retired rug hooker’s stash.  It is all wonderful plaids and other as-is wool in mostly quarter-yard pieces.  I didn’t immediately undo the package containing all of this wooly goodness, but enjoyed looking at it and waiting for the perfect opportunity to use it.  That opportunity arrived last month.

I donated a future hooked rug to an auction for the MSPCA-Angell animal adoption center on Cape Cod.  The excited winner emailed me with a photo of her two beautiful German Shorthaired Pointers, which will be the subject of her hooked rug.

The photo excited me and got my creative juices running and I ran for the package of the wool I had won.  I got busy washing and drying the wool and much of it will be perfect for hooking these dogs.  I love the idea that I won the wool and it will be used to hook a rug that someone else won.  Synergy at its best!

I will share my progress with the auction rug of Sydney and Whiskey [the dogs’ names] as I go along.  I know I’ll be consulting Judy Carter’s Hooking Animals book for tips.

Our son arrives today for a visit.  He lives on the west coast, so we don’t get to see him very often.  I hope he likes pork and sauerkraut, because here in PA Dutch country, we always eat that meal on New Year’s Day for good luck in the coming year.  I could use some good luck, how about you?

Happy New Year to you all and thank you for spending a bit of each Monday with me.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the pairing of the right wool with the right rug.

  Just some of the wool I came home with.  Can't wait to see how it comes together in this rug.

Just some of the wool I came home with.  Can't wait to see how it comes together in this rug.

  Hooked rug subjects, Sydney [l.] and Whiskey [r.].   [photo courtesy of L. Gulliver]

Hooked rug subjects, Sydney [l.] and Whiskey [r.].   [photo courtesy of L. Gulliver]