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.