All set to fly.

For most of us, this pre-holiday time is filled with stress, deadlines, and shopping lists.  I always try to avoid stress in my life, so I admit that this is not my favorite time of year.  I feel pretty good that I have finished up my homemade gifts and have mailed the ones that need to fly far away.

I was so excited to mail my friend’s Waxing Crescent rug to her.  I wrapped and boxed it up with lots of tape and then realized, thankfully not too late, that I had not taken a photo of it.  I’m so glad that I didn’t have to wrestle it back from the post office lady!

I rarely re-hook one of my patterns, but this was fun to do.  It never comes out the same way, because of the wool that I have available at the time, and maybe some changes that just seem like the right thing to do.

For those of you, who buy patterns to hook, you are always allowed to make some changes to the pattern. Maybe you want to add some special design elements to make it more personal, or maybe you want to leave out a few parts of the pattern to keep it simple.  Design credit should always be given to the original pattern designer, with changes by [you].

Be creative and have fun. Hook outside the box!

I hope your holiday time is going along well and filled with fun and special times spent with loved ones.

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the gifts that are made by hand and come from the heart!

Waxing Crescent all set to fly.

Waxing Crescent all set to fly.

Ready to be boxed and taped up again!

Ready to be boxed and taped up again!

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.