Fruitcake oddballs and woolly weirdness.

A friend came bearing fruitcake on Saturday for our annual Fruitcake Nosh.  We are the only two people that we know, who love this seasonal delicacy. Well, fruitcake can’t exactly be called delicate, because it’s heavily laden with fruits and nuts. I added brandy to mine. We had tea, talked about a wide variety of things and shared our sweet treat. Two happy oddballs.

I made some good progress on the Waxing Crescent pattern this past week. I didn’t hook every day, because of holiday-related projects and distractions, but the background is hooking up quickly. I’m using the perfect night sky wool that I bought a long time ago from The Wool Studio.  The wool is called After Hours, but I doubt Rebecca has any of it, unless she had it re-milled.  I’m determined to use up my wool, but the bins seem to remain as full as ever.  That’s really not a bad thing, just weird.

The weather has gotten COLD, which isn’t news.  It does mean that I have to plan ahead when I want to spend the day hooking in my studio, because I have to put on the heater in the morning.  I love it there listening to music as I hook away, stopping occasionally to look out the windows at the rural beauty and maybe the neighbors’ guinea fowl foraging for insects. 

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the quietude of the season.

Good progress on Waxing Crescent.

Good progress on Waxing Crescent.

I just can't stop!

I finished hooking my Barn Owl with Moon2 rug this past week.  I was going to wait to bind it at the Brandywine Hook-In later this month, but I. Could. Not. Wait.  I actually love finishing rugs, so the desire to hold off was overwhelmed by the desire to bind and whip the edge.  I guess I’ll have to find something else to hook at the hook-in.

There’s a spot on my kitchen floor that has been waiting for this rug, so that, coupled with the fact that I will be hosting my Breakfast Club ladies in a couple of weeks, really gave me an irresistible urge to get this rug done and down.

What’s next?  I will be hooking my new design, Harvest Moon, in the near future, but I need something else in the meantime.  Maybe another piece for my Mother Earth Speaks series?  I do have a few ideas bubbling around in my head for that.  I’ll see what grabs me.

Autumn is here at Crow's Foot Farm, but the temps are still a bit too mild.  I hope your autumn is beautiful where you are.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in having a new rug for my kitchen floor.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

Barn Owl with Moon2 in situ.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

I whipped the edge with two strands of wool, one charcoal grey and one burgundy.

 

A studio tour.

I just completed the wedding gift rug, so a tidying up of the studio is in order.  I have to do this between projects to eliminate too much “visual clutter”, which disturbs my OCD. I love my OCD.   Also, I’ll be away next week, so I like to leave things in order.

This week I’m sharing photos of my hooking studio, which used to be our attached garage.  I love this big room.  It even has a sofa bed, for extra guests. Take the tour below as I start packing for my trip.  I’ll see you all when I return.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in a neat and organized workspace.

Welcome... come on in!

Welcome... come on in!

This is my hooking corner. It looks very quiet right now....

This is my hooking corner. It looks very quiet right now....

I've had this antique table for decades.  It now is my cutting table with a large piece of tempered glass on the top.

I've had this antique table for decades.  It now is my cutting table with a large piece of tempered glass on the top.

There are three closets in the room.  This one holds my wool stash, linen, and rolled up finished rugs.

There are three closets in the room.  This one holds my wool stash, linen, and rolled up finished rugs.

This closet holds dyeing supplies, binding materials and yarn, and you can see that I hang some smaller rugs with "clippy hangers".

This closet holds dyeing supplies, binding materials and yarn, and you can see that I hang some smaller rugs with "clippy hangers".

The third closet has my sewing machine set up, so all I have to do is sit and sew.

The third closet has my sewing machine set up, so all I have to do is sit and sew.

My music and reading material corner.

My music and reading material corner.

This end of the studio is for relaxing and maybe sleeping.  Thanks for taking the tour!

This end of the studio is for relaxing and maybe sleeping.  Thanks for taking the tour!